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  1. 1. Web 2.0, Society 1.0 Online citizens media, but for which citizens? Lou Rutigliano PhD student Dept. of Journalism UT-Austin
  2. 2. WEB 2.0 “The Web is Where We Live” - Newsweek (March 2006) MySpace: 65 million users Craigslist: 7th most popular site, staff of 19 Wikipedia, Flickr, del.icio.us, facebook..... “When people say to me it's a Web 2.0 application, I want to puke” - Guy Kawasaki, venture capitalist
  3. 3. WEB 2.0 user-generated content From WIDE – Gather Collective Knowledge, With No Limit To What You Can Fit To NARROW – Find Info That Fits Your Specific Circumstances
  4. 4. Web 2.0 journalism “Read and write your views, reviews, news, interviews, and more. Pick a story and cover it” -IBrattleboro resident-generated content Which communities can most benefit from this? Which communities are least involved in this?
  5. 5. Web 2.0 meets the poor: Katrina used for: -Finding People -Finding Housing -Finding and Providing Services “Responding quicker than most print or televised media and in considerably more detail, the Austin Web – once it learned of our role in taking in thousands of hurricane evacuees – put the information out almost as quickly as it was available.” -Austin Chronicle http://austinhelpingneworleans.org/ http://austinhelpskatrina.org/
  6. 6. Multiple Digital Divides: Beyond Access -Digital Literacy -Time -content “Implied here is a move from thinking about the bare fact of access towards thinking about how that fact connects with the real needs and conditions of those to be connected." - Nick Couldry
  7. 7. Austin Free-Net established 1995 brought access to Austin public libraries
  8. 8. Austin Free-Net working with 14 partner organizations: provides hardware and service
  9. 9. Austin Free-Net organizations include senior housing, homeless shelter, community activists, cultural groups
  10. 10. Austin Free-Net -now also involved in education, assistance with community content development -currently studying partner sites' resources, design, goals Research Questions: 1. what are the information habits of afn's public access site users? 2. what are the obstacles to digital inclusion in austin's low- income neighborhoods? 3. how do afn's partner sites try to overcome these?
  11. 11. Casa marianella
  12. 12. Casa Marianella
  13. 13. Garden Terrace
  14. 14. Garden Terrace Computer Lab
  15. 15. Conclusions... -current version of access not enough -Links Between Offline and Online -Access and Non-Profits Mutually Beneficial -Need for Education and a Role for Universities
  16. 16. ...and a Plan -UT/AFN collaboration -21st Century Community Newsrooms project -Interdisciplinary (kiosk designers wanted) -contact me at rutigliano@mail.utexas.edu

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