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Community Technology in Champaign-Urbana Flyer and Announcement: May 7, 2011

Posted on Tuesday, April 26, 2011 in Uncategorized

Community Technology in Champaign-Urbana Flyer and Announcement
Community Informatics, eBlackCU Public Meetings
Saturday MAY 7th, 2011
9 a.m- 12:30 p.m.
Champaign Public Library
Robeson Rooms A & B

A public meeting on:
The eBlackCU digital library
Jobs and Technology
Youth and Technology
Churches and Technology

Plus Community Technology Workshop:
Learn how to digitize and share online your photographs, fliers,
scrapbooks, and books! Bring your own or digitize files we have.
Take home a free CD of your digitized materials!
*Also: Help getting e-mail/Facebook accounts!

More information at Contact: or 244-8203.


Over 450 people in Champaign-Urbana have attended Public Forums on
Digital Technology, Digital Education, Digital Community and Digital
Jobs. This event continues this momentum. We need all voices and all
backgrounds to mobilize to change our community for the better.

YOU are invited to come and share what you and your community groups
do with technology, what you have thought about doing with technology,
what obstacles you face, and some solutions you have come up with.

Our goals are articulated in the Community Technology Manifesto:, which EVERYONE is invited to

This event will feature discussion and updates on: the eBlackCU
Digital Library of local African-American History and Culture, Jobs
and Technology, Youth and Technology, Churches and Technology, and
UC2B Big Broadband Network.

This event will be broadcast LIVE around the world at:

A workshop will be held on-site to help interested individuals with
e-mail, facebook, the eBlackCU digital library, and digitization of
photographs, scrapbooks and personal and community history
collections. Come to digitize your material and go away with A FREE CD
of your digitized material. IF YOU INTEND TO BRING LARGE ITEMS TO THE
WORKSHOP WE RECOMMEND E-MAILING US AHEAD OF TIME at so that we ensure we can meet your needs.

Come to this meeting to find out how individuals and groups in our
community have mobilized to get out of UC2B ( the
following community benefit resolution. Find out how YOU CAN PLAY A
PART in making sure the community gets everything it can out of this
$30 million dollar high-speed broadband network.

Community Benefit Resolution Passed by UC2B Policy Committee, April 20, 2011:

1. The Policy Committee (of UC2B) will issue an annual public report
on the digital divide in the UC2B service area (the area of the seven
rings including all of Urbana, Champaign, and Savoy).
2. The Policy Committee will convene an annual meeting of anchor
social institutions to discuss the above report and set general goals
for overcoming the digital divide. This meeting will be open to the
public, and be scheduled as a regular meeting of all UC2B committees.
3. At the end of each fiscal year, unless UC2B has operated at a
deficit that year, the Policy Committee will allocate at least 5% of
its annual revenue to a community benefit fund as a line item in the
budget. Money from this fund will be dedicated to overcoming the
digital divide, according to the general goals as above and the
process as below.
4. The Advisory Committee for Digital Equality will develop and carry
out a plan, including competitive grant awards from the community
benefit fund to non‐governmental agencies, to implement the general
goals as above. If there is no available money in any given year, no
grants will be made. The Advisory Committee will forward to the Policy
Committee its recommendations for spendingthe community benefit fund,
and the Policy Committee will make the final decision.

Light refreshments will be served.

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