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Symposium to Reveal 'Patterns' Shape the Network Society

April 19, 2002

More than 60 presentations on patterns, or solutions to problems in a given context, figure to be the highlight of CPSR's 8th biannual Directions and Implications of Advanced Computing (DIAC) symposium, "Shaping the Network Society: Patterns for Participation, Action, and Change," being held May 16-19 in Seattle.

CPSR (Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility) describes patterns as observable actions, empirical findings, hypotheses, theories or best practices that exist at all levels. Patterns can be global or local and theoretical or practical, according to CPSR. Some of the presentations at the DIAC-02 symposium have particular relevance to state and local tech-based economic development affects, including:

  • How to Survive Once the Government Funds Run Out
  • Computer Learning Centers in Public Housing Complexes
  • Using Technology for Social Engagement of the Aged
  • Community-based Information Technology Workforce Development
  • Designing a Collaborative Community Information System
  • The Challenges of Global Learning in the New Digital Age
  • Bridging the Teaching/ Learning Divide in Appalachian Ohio
  • Community-based Computer Literacy
  • TechSmart: A Catalytic Approach to Digital Development
  • Public Information Infrastructure for Workforce Development
  • Digital Divide in a High Tech City
  • Sustainability Strategies for Community Technology Centers
  • Coordinating Government and Community Technology Initiatives
  • Online Communities Become Collaborators in Research
  • Restoring Balance to Intellectual Property Rules

Brief papers on the patterns being presented at DIAC-02 are available at the event's website (see below). "Geographies of the Digital Divide" and "Community Access to Broadband" are among the discussion topics included in the agenda.

CPSR, a public-interest alliance of computer scientists, is jointly sponsoring DIAC-02 with the National Communication Association, a non-profit organization of researchers, educators, students and practitioners. For more information on the symposium or to access the pattern presentations, visit: http://cpsr.org/conferences/diac02/