We in the United States are guaranteed a great many freedoms, one of those being freedom of speech. It is no wonder that our country would be a lead agent in helping to create something that has been so effective in helping each of us have a voice as the Internet. As of late, though,… Continue reading Loosing My Voice
Yesterday I traveled with students in the summer course Community Informatics Studio to Chicago to look at three public computing facilities. The Mac lab at the Puerto Rican Cultural Center is a more traditional looking lab with eight to ten computers lined up on either side of a table in the center of the room. … Continue reading Equipping Computer Labs vs. Equipping Collaborative Spaces
Microsoft has an interesting video envisioning our interactions with Information and Communications Technology (ICT) in 10 years. A short version as well as the five minute version can be found online at http://www.istartedsomething.com/20090228/microsoft-office-labs-vision-2019-video/. I found the five minute version well worth the time. The tag at the very end of the video stated “productivity”. But… Continue reading Microsoft Office Labs vision 2019
I’ve followed with passing interest the development of fiber to the home (FTTH) that is occuring in a few areas around our country and much more extensively overseas. Along with others, I have wondered just how valuable that much speed really is for most people. Still, it seems somewhat disconcerting to think that we’ve gone… Continue reading Big Broadband and Citizen Professionals
Maybe the CTC of the future instead needs to be a place with lots of tables and chairs that can easily be rearranged, and laptops for checkout. Stop making the technology the point and instead turn the places back to COMMUNITY centers with access to technology to facilitate community work.