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Community Informatics Virtual Webinar Series

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The Community Informatics Research Network (CIRN), Monash University, and the Community Informatics Lab at Simmons University are thrilled to announce the Community Informatics Virtual Webinar Series, which is a multi-part live webinar series held between October 19th – November 16th, 2020.

The CI Virtual Webinar Series will invite conversations that explore the history, impact, and present day importance of the fields of Community Informatics, Community Archives, Development Informatics, and related fields. This series will cover a wide range of themes that reflect the richness and diversity of these fields. You can register for the series on the Seminar web page. A snapshot schedule of the seminars are as follows:

  • October 19th: The Informatics of Mutual Aid
  • October 26th: ICT4D: Beyond ICT
  • November 2nd: Indigenous Archives Collective
  • November 9th: Globalization, Power, and Community Empowerment
  • November 16th: Memorialization, Digital Media, and the State

The webinar series will take the place of the CIRN 2020 annual conference, which has been cancelled due to the novel coronavirus. We are excited for the 2021 conference in Prato, Italy, which will surround the theme of “Participatory Approaches to Community Archives, Data, and Design.” You can find out more about the 2021 conference here. In the meantime, the 2020 CI Virtual Webinar series offers a new and exciting opportunity to stay engaged with the global CI community while we are practicing social distancing.

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Illinois Developing Broadband Leadership Series

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On June 3rd, CI Lab Director Dr. Colin Rhinesmith presented at the fourth part of the University of Illinois Extension Developing Broadband Leadership Webinar Series, which focused on broadband adoption, affordability, and inclusion. This series was co-sponsored by the University of Illinois extension, the Illinois Office of Broadband, and the Benton Institute for Broadband & Society. 

Alongside special guest Illinois Lt. Governor Juliana Stratton and speakers Gigi Sohn (Georgetown Law Institute for Technology, Law and Policy), Debbie Alfredson (Deputy Director, Winnebago County Housing Authority), Karin Norington-Reaves (Chicago Cook Workforce Partnership), and Casey Sorenson (PCs for People), Dr. Rhinesmith presented on his 2016 Benton Foundation report, “Digital Inclusion and Meaningful Broadband Adoption Initiatives.”

As Dr. Rhinesmith highlighted the research in the report intended to provide evidence to help inform initiatives such as the FCC’s Lifeline Universal Service program, which at the time was being reformed to help provide a broadband subsidy to low-income consumers. Research questions guiding the study included:

What are the key characteristics of low-cost Internet and digital literacy training programs for vulnerable populations?

What indicators do broadband adoption programs use to measure the success of their programs?

After visiting eight community-based organizations across the country, Dr. Rhinesmith identified a four-part digital inclusion strategy common to these organizations. Part of this strategy includes making low-cost computers available in addition to low-cost broadband and digital literacy training. The presentation concludes with the reminder:

The full webinar has been recorded, and you can view Dr. Rhinesmith’s slides here.

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