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4390, In my center
Posted by Nettrice, Sat Jul-19-03 04:40 PM
I've started talking more about economics and telecom to the predominantly Black and Latino students that attend my classes. For those who don't know I run a multimedia center in Roxbury, MA, a predominantly Black community:

"In a shopping mall in Roxbury, MA, among various businesses selling sporting goods, auto supplies and discount housewares, there is a new community technology center offering multimedia training and access to high-end computers, digital equipment and broadband Internet access. People of all ages come from all over the Boston area to take classes in digital imaging, digital video and audio, Web design and animation. This center aims to bring new technology to the under-served populations of Roxbury and surrounding neighborhoods. Low- to middle-income people are now learning about convergence -- the intersection of television broadcasting, computers and the Internet." from http://www.digitaldividenetwork.org/content/stories/index.cfm?key=176

As a director and leader in my field, I've learned a lot since I wrote the above article. I've been caught between a rock and a hard place: between helping our members become more digitally literate and educating the politicians and community leaders about changes in D.C., esp. as it relates to commerce and telecom policy:

from http://www.govexec.com/dailyfed/0703/071703td1.htm

"The Commerce Department on Thursday proposed legislation that would reorganize the department's technology and telecommunications policy functions.

The proposal would consolidate the Technology Administration, National Telecommunications and Information Administration, National Institute of Standards and Technology and the e-commerce policy functions of the International Trade Administration. The plan requests slightly more than $8
million for the new agency."

Where does Black wealth figure in as far as this convergence?