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Technology and participation - Harnessing the emerging power of broadband for civic engagement. -clerks2012


For 2012 Clerks Institute - Cornell University 2012

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  • DSLCable modemWiFiBroadband satellite
  • High speed internet access can:Improve government efficiency and communicationProvide access to educational opportunitiesEngage citizensFacilitate better medical careNarrow the digital divideExpand employment opportunitiesFoster Innovation
  • Interact with each other and governemtnOrganizing for a number of reasonsCreating new content
  • Education and income – somewhat rural/urban also
  • Access to the benefits of an online world are removed /denied


  • 1. Technology and participation-Harnessing the emerging power of broadband forcivic engagement.July 11,2012 Municipal Clerks InstitutePaul TreadwellCornell Cooperative ExtensionDistance Learning Consultant
  • 2. What is Broadband?• High speed data transmission.• Always on connection.• Encompassing a variety of technologies.
  • 3. Fixed or mobile & social• In the past we talked about broadband as a wired, fixed, connection.• Increasingly, broadband is becoming mobile. ▫ Phones and tablets are creating new opportunities for access and participation.
  • 4. More layers, more connections• New technologies are adding new layers to our daily lives• Connectedness is becoming an essential quality for participation
  • 5. Why Broadband Matters• Now, broadband is essential to opportunity and citizenship. ▫ Connecting America: The National Broadband Plan  http://www.broadband.gov/
  • 6. Increased Access,Growing Expectations• Increasing access has lead to increased expectations for opportunities such as: ▫ Interacting ▫ Organizing ▫ Creating ▫ Learning
  • 7. The National Broadband Plan• FCC March 2010: ▫ Presents an ambitious agenda for expanding access. ▫ Emphasis on technology as “enabling”. ▫ Robust vision of connectivity.
  • 8. Broadband AdoptionExhibit 3-1 from Connecting America | FCC March 2010
  • 9. The Digital Divide• Is the gap between people with effective access to digital and information technology and those with very limited or no access at all.• Is a kind of capability deprivation. ▫ As the “world” moves online, those who aren’t are excluded.
  • 10. Barriers to Adoption• Availability.• Cost.• Exclusion. ▫ Literacy.• Security.
  • 11. More than Bandwidth or Access• The fuss about broadband, then, extends beyond access to information to active participation in the online commons. ▫ Broadband: What’s All the Fuss About? Pew Internet and American Life Project
  • 12. Marketplace and/or Commons• 2 ways of viewing the internet: ▫ Marketplace:  Access to goods  Buying and selling ▫ Commons:  Access to ideas  Interaction and exchange
  • 13. How do You See Broadband?• What role can it play?
  • 14. Broadband Enabled Services• E-government ▫ Providing access to government information ▫ Providing space for engagement• E-commerce ▫ Access to the global marketplace• Technology training / digital literacy/ civic literacy
  • 15. Local Government – Ontario county• Ontario County e-government ▫ http://www.co.ontario.ny.us/ ▫ Access to governmental information ▫ Online payments ▫ Property mapping
  • 16. Local Government - Brazil
  • 17. Local Government - eStrategies forLocal Governments• http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/curricula/e government/index.html• Online curriculum focused on strategies for local governments• From the National e-Commerce Extension Initiative
  • 18. Governance – Participatory Budgeting
  • 19. Digital literacy - CYC• Connect Your Community:  http://www.connectcommu nity.org/  2 year project funded by a U.S. Department of Commerce BTOP grant  30,000 trained over the two years
  • 20. Digital Literacy– Squeaky Wheel• Digital/Media Literacy: ▫ Squeaky Wheel  http://www.squeaky.org/
  • 21. Education - OLPC
  • 22. Education – Khan Academy• http://www.khanacademy.org/• Extensive collection of free online, video lessons• Self paced learning
  • 23. Education – P2PU• https://p2pu.org/en/
  • 24. Links to select resources• Pew Internet and American Life Project ▫ http://pewinternet.org/• Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy ▫ http://www.knightcomm.org/• The National e-Commerce Extension Initiative ▫ http://srdc.msstate.edu/ecommerce/• The Participatory Budgeting Project ▫ http://www.participatorybudgeting.org/
  • 25. Contact• Paul Treadwell ▫ Distance Learning Consultant ▫ Cornell Cooperative Extension ▫ 356 Roberts Hall ▫ Cornell University ▫ Ithaca, NY 14853 ▫ pt36@cornell.edu ▫ http://www.paultreadwell.com ▫ @ptreadwell