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Digital Inclusion Forum 12/6 – Public Invited

By MaryAnn VanCura | November 9th, 2010 | Comment?

As a recent government report shows, large segments of the public do not have access to high-speed Internet at home, and many lack the skills to participate in government, complete online employment applications, and pursue education opportunities.

In 2006, Project for Pride in Living (PPL), Waite House, and Minneapolis Public Library collaborated to start a group that eventually became the Technology Literacy Collaborative. Noting the continuing challenges for community residents, PPL decided to host a Digital Inclusion Forum this fall. If you’d like to participate in the discussion of how to ensure all Minnesotans can participate in the increasingly digital society, I hope you’ll attend. Libraries are very involved in developing the digital literacy skills of Minnesota residents, so this is a great opportunity to share ideas with community partners.

Here are the details from conference organizers.

Digital Inclusion: A Community Agenda for Economic, Education and Civic Equity
December 6, 2010
Registration begins at 3:30 p.m., Program at 4:00 p.m.
The Humphrey Institute, University of Minnesota
301 19th Ave. S., Minneapolis 55455

Our world is increasingly ‘digital,’ but thousands are being left behind, limiting employment opportunity, access to education, and stifling full civic participation. Join us on December 6 as we develop an agenda to include everyone in the Twin Cities in a digital society.

Keynote:
David Keyes, Community Technology Manager, City of Seattle

Emcee: Kit Hadley, St. Paul Public Library
Moderator: Catherine Settani, Community Computer Access Network

Panel:
Bill Rappel, National Director of the Affiliate Network, Computers For Youth, New York City
Jen Vanek, St. Paul Community Literacy Consortium’s Learner Web Administrator and St. Paul Public Schools’ Adult Basic Education Teacher
Practitioners from PPL and SPNN

Hosted by PPL and the Saint Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN)
The event is free and open to the public.

Sidenote: The FCC-proposed Digital Literacy Corps, if approved, may be modeled on the local AmeriCorp Community Technology Empowerment Program (CTEP), initiated by Catherine Settanni (see above) and now housed at St. Paul Neighborhood Network (SPNN). Several St. Paul and Minneapolis libraries and their patrons have had the benefit of CTEP AmeriCorps members. Kit Hadley and other library and community leaders have been active in alerting decision-makers to the role of libraries in digital literacy.

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