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Markle Foundation to Donate $100 Million for Public Use of Internet

August 20, 1999

The Markle Foundation has announced plans to give away $100 million -- more than half of the Foundation's current endowment -- over the next five years for projects and programs to improve public benefit from the Internet. Recipients will include non-profit organizations as well as for-profit companies.

Awards are concentrated in four areas:

Public Engagement through Interactive Technology -- "supports research, applications, and experimentation that encourage the use of communications technology for active engagement in the pursuit of knowledge and for effective participation in democratic society."

Policy for a Networked Society -- "works to enhance the public voice in the consideration and resolution of domestic and international policies that are surfacing in this new communications environment."

Interactive Media for Children -- "is a comprehensive research effort into the cognitive, emotional, physical and developmental needs of children and the potential of interactive technologies to meet them."

Information Technologies for Better Health -- "works to give patients and doctors the ability to make use of information that can enhance health and health care." (closed until January 2000)

Grants have ranged from as little as $1,000 to $4.5 million, which was awarded to Oxygen Media for research on converging media.

More information on this opportunity may be found on the Markle Foundation's website: http://www.markle.org/index.html

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