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 Issue 4 - November 2003

 First of its kind in the nation!
New Digital Divide Fund Signed into Law!

By Linda Fowells and Laurie Kawakami

The recent Sacramento Day trip by Community Technololgy advocates helped to convince the state Legislature to create the Digital Divide Grant Program.

California now has a new Digital Divide Grant Program aimed at closing the technology gap!

Recently, California's Governor Davis signed AB 855 (Firebaugh and Levine) which mandates that 15% of the revenues generated from new leases for wireless telecommunication facilities (e.g., cell towers on state property) will be set aside to create a Digital Divide Fund. This fund will be administered by the California Public Utilities Commission (PUC) to provide grants to community-based nonprofit organizations for projects such as technology training, developing local community content, harnessing technology for e-government services, and preparing youth for opportunities in the technology-based new economy.


 The Other side of the Divide

Dissatisfied Customers Find a Voice

From E-Government to Online Activism

By Barry C. Tavlin

Recently I had the exciting opportunity to meet with many of Europe's leaders in the field of E-Government. For people involved in Community Technology, E-Government may be something new, but it is closely related to the work of CTCs and to the Community Technology movement.


  Connecting Los Angeles' Underserved Communities

New Study of Technology Access in Los Angeles

Digital Divide Persists

by Elsa Macias

In today's digital world, access to technology and the skills to effectively use it provides a means for economic improvement, educational success and social integration. However, gaining access to both the technology and the skills continues to be problematic for low-income and ethnic and racial minorities.


 From Digital Divide to Digital Opportunities

Second Annual Latino Tech Conference To Be Held in Los Angeles

Workshops Focus on Topics in Business, Education, Government, Public Policy

by Alicia Maldonado

Dr. David Hayes-Bautista, Ph.D., Professor of Medicine at UCLA and Director for the Study of Latino Health and Culture, will join a slate of technology experts at the second annual Latinos & Technology Conference (LTC) on Thursday, November 13th at the Los Angeles Convention Center.


  Giggling Allowed
Injecting Playfulness into Computer Training

By Phil Shapiro

In my previous job, working for the Arlington Public Schools, I had the task of training elementary school teachers on computer and video technology. All teachers in Virginia are required to possess basic technology skills, or they can lose their teaching license. This is a sensible regulation. Does it make sense for a teacher to be instructing future generations if he or she is unsure how to send an email or search the web? If they have no idea what the word HTML means?



Using Adobe's Photoshop

It's Easy, Powerful, and Fun

by Herschel Greenberg and Paul Greenberg

Damn! That's a great picture, except for…

If that "great" picture for your newsletter needs a little more contrast or the picture for your web site needs cropping, if you need to get the "red" out of your PowerPoint image, if you have ever had a picture that needed something fixed, dirt specks or something annoying in the background, then Adobe's Photoshop is the program for you. Having been available through numerous iterations throughout the years, Adobe's Photoshop continues to be one of the most user-friendly image and photo programs on the market.


  Editorial Note

Celebrating our Birthday with Big Plans

We Need Your Help

This issue marks the one year that we've been publishing Technicity Times. In this year, we've had the privilege to report on some of the great work in Community Technology that is being done in Los Angeles and around the country. We look forward to continuing and improving this publication. And there are challenges ahead.

We need your help.


  Funding Opportunity

Announcing the 2003-2004 "Connections for Tomorrow" (C4T) California Grants Program

Application deadline: December 17, 2003

The 2003-2004 C4T California Grants Program will provide grants consisting of a cash award, technical assistance, and substantial in-kind support to start-up, expand, and improve community technology programs at organizations that serve at-risk youth or homeless populations..


  CTOC October Event Report

How To Find The Hidden Money

On October 30th, the Community Technology Organizing Consortium (CTOC) hosted an event, How To Find The Hidden Money. Presentations were given by leaders in California's community technology arena.


  Save the Date!

CTOC Holiday Celebration Planned for December 4, 2003 in Long Beach

For more information on the Holiday Celebration, contact .

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In This Issue



New Digital Divide Fund

Other Side of the Divide

New Digital Divide Study in Los Angeles

Latino Tech Conference in LA

Injecting Playfulness into Computer Training

Using Adobe's Photoshop

Editorial Note

C4T California Grants Program Announcement

CTOC October Event Report


  Calendar of Events


November 13: Latino Tech Conference

December 4: CTOC Holiday Celebration. Save the Date.

December 7-9: Community Networking Conference

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