roundtable: Ties That Bind: Converging Community (conference announcement)

roundtable: Ties That Bind: Converging Community (conference announcement)

Ties That Bind: Converging Community (conference announcement)

Mark Wheeler (
Sat, 25 Feb 1995 16:31:11 -1000

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Date: Sat, 25 Feb 1995 16:31:11 -1000
From: (Mark Wheeler)
Subject: Ties That Bind: Converging Community (conference announcement)

Date:         Fri, 24 Feb 1995 13:28:03 -0800
From: Steve Cisler <sac@APPLE.COM>
Subject:      Ties That Bind: Converging Community (conference announcement)
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Conference Announcement-- Ties That Bind: Converging Communities

Ties That Bind: Converging Communities
Cupertino, California
May 2-5, 1995

Apple Library of Tomorrow             The Morino Institute
4 Infinite Loop MS 304-2A             1800 Robert Fulton Drive, Suite 550
Cupertino, California 95014           Reston, Virginia 22091
408 974 3258                          703 620 8971               

In May 1994, we held Ties That Bind: Building Community Networks, and
the feedback we received indicated that many people would like to attend 
a similar gathering in 1995.

The Morino Institute and Apple Computer will be sponsoring this 3 day
conference which will be held at the Apple Conference Center, 4 Infinite
Loop, Cupertino, California. The conference objectives are:
-To provide information and case studies on the types of community networks
that have proven viable, including economic, collaborative, and technical
-To help individuals representing schools, non-profits, foundations,
businesses, media, and government agencies realize how community
networking can be used as a tool to help advance the goals and needs of
the community.
-To understand the importance of community networking in the formation 
and effective use of the National Information Infrastructure.
- To understand the emerging context -- the social, economic, technical,
political, and sustainability issues which characterize the challenges 
and potentials for Community Networking.

The conference facilities include:
-Phone lines and the Internet for demonstrations in a separate room.
- Audio/Visual/IP facilities for large screen projection of computer and
video images in two large rooms. Other meeting areas for smaller or more
informal gatherings.
-Literature table for notices, publications, advertisements, demo disks,
and other handouts (even if you cannot attend).
- Blocks of free time and breakout rooms for ad-hoc gatherings, Birds of 
a Feather Sessions, and other discussions.

Registration will be limited to 300 attendees again, with a limit of two
people per organization.  Last year all slots were taken in 3 weeks, so 
do not delay.

Registration fee is $150 which includes snacks and meals during the
conference, a T-shirt, and printed proceedings. There are some waivers of
the registration fee. Please contact Steve Cisler if you feel you qualify.

Please complete the registration form and read the attached conference 






City, State/Province, Postal Code




Please describe your interest and activities in community networks.
This will help other attendees locate like-minded people for informal
meetings and discussions. Use as much space as you wish:

Can this information be included in the conference roster which will be
sent to each attendee before the conference?  Please circle:  Yes      No

Payment: $150 US. Send the application and check or money order,
payable to RALUGS to:

Community Networks Conference
Apple Library  Attn:  Pam Lau
4 Infinite Loop, MS 304-2A
Cupertino, California  95014

Refunds and cancellations:  $50 cancellation fee until April 15; $75 fee 
until April 30.  No refund following April 30, 1995.  Speakers and 
presenters will have no registration fee.

Please indicate the size T-shirt you would like: S    M    L    XL    XXL

Please circle the days that you plan to attend to help us arrange the meals:

Tuesday, May 2 reception   Wednesday, May 3   Thursday, May 4   Friday, May 5

Do you want  vegetarian meals?  YES     NO

Community Networking is changing in 1995 because of many trends:
-the race between the new Republican majority and the current Democratic
administration to devolve Federal government and give more power back to
the states;
-an explosion of Internet connectivity and service providers in the U.S.,
Canada, Europe, Latin America, and many countries in Asia;
-the popularity of the World Wide Web and the graphic browsers that have
helped the Internet cross over into mainstream consciousness
-the continued development of software for the Internet that also includes
BBSes that handle serial (dialup) and TCP/IP connections.
-the increased awareness of community networks and the potential they
provide for individuals and communities to create positive social change and
-a strong interest in community by commercial online services and
newspapers, and a growing interest in electronic communications by state,
local, and Federal government.

The 1995 Ties That Bind program is shaping up to reflect many of these
trends as well as activities of interest to segments of our societies and
communities. We have added a day of tutorials and workshops:
-First Steps on the Internet. Eric Theise
-An Introduction to Community Networks.
-Publishing on the World Wide Web. Eric Lease Morgan

Also included are
-Multiple tracks for a wide range of themes and topics
-Plenary speakers from government, education, foundations, and non-profits.
-A demo room with machines for showing others what excites you and for you
to try other networks and systems using dialup and the Internet.

Please contact us if you want to schedule a space in this room. 
Unscheduled demos are welcome.

We look forward to seeing you again this May.


Ties That Bind Program
(Speakers and topics subject to change.)

Tuesday, May 2

5-8      Registration, Apple Conference Center
6-8      Reception

Wednesday, May 3

8-9        Breakfast
9-12       Internet workshop: First steps on the Internet. Eric Theise
           This is a basic introduction to using the Internet and its
           information resources and softare.

           Introduction to community networks. Steve Cisler, Richard Civille,
           Peter Harter, Patrick Finn et al. Explanation of various
           models of community systems, applications,  lessons learned by
           experts and newcomers, and a chance to ask questions.
12-1       Lunch
1-2:30     -Community Information Needs: Content and Applications. Brian
           Vidic, infoWorks; Philippa Gamse, CCIC.
           -Wireless Networks. Dewayne Hendricks; Dave Hughes (invited); FCC
           If telephone lines are too expensive or not available, wireless
           networks can provide good bandwidth for community networks.
           However, regulations are changing in 1995.
 3-5:30    Workshop: World Wide Web Publishing. Eric Morgan, NCSU, et al.
           The WWW has been growing incredibly. How can you use it to
           publish information about your community, organization, or 
           business?  Servers, authoring tools for web documents.

           -Free-Net Birds-of-a-Feather Meeting. Peter Harter, NPTN.
           For those who run a Free-Net or are thinking of starting one.
6-7        Dinner
7-9        A broad view of community networks: town meeting with Howard
           Rheingold. This is a chance to introduce yourself and hear 
           what's on the minds of other attendees.

Thursday, May 4

7:30-8:30  Breakfast
8:30-10    Community Networks & the National Information Infrastructure.
           Larry Irving, NTIA "Community Networking Partnerships" and panel
10-10:30   Break
10:30-12   Marcia Sharp, Communications as engagement. Foundation panel:
           Sarah Lutman, The Bush Foundation; Caroline Carpenter, The
           Benedum Foundation.
12-1       Lunch
1-2:30     -Freedom & Control. Jim Warren. Peter Harter, NPTN.
           What is acceptable use, and do you need a policy for your system?
           What groups are interested in exerting control over the Internet
           and community networks? Are you ready to face these issues yet?
           -Other Cultures. Art McGee, IGC; Dan Umstead, Oneida Nation.
           Reports from American Indian, African-American, and other
           networking projects.
2:30-3     Break
3-4        The role of public access networking. Mario Morino, The Morino
4-5:30     -Libraries. Steve Helm, Blacksburg, VA; Joan Durrance, 
           U. Michigan; Gloria Coles (invited) Flint, MI Public Library. 
           How are libraries and library schools reaching out to their 
           communities?  Training, access, and information servers for the 

           -Broadcast Media, video and cable. Eric Hurre, Forevergreen
           Television; Michael Strait, et al. What are television and radio
           stations and cable outfits doing for community sytems? How can
           these media be used to promote the concept?
5:30-6     Break
6-7        Dinner
7-9        -Health, TBA.
           -User Support, the soft underbelly of community networks. Daniel
           Ben Horin, Compumentor et al.
           -Education and community networks. Bonnie Bracey, NII Advisory
           Committee and Arlington (VA) Career Center; Frank Odasz, Big Sky
           Telegraph, Dillon, MT.

Friday, May 5

8-9        Breakfast
9-10       Dan Atkins, Dean, University of Michigan, School of Library and
           Information Studies. "Professionals for the Information and
           Collaboration Systems of the 21st Century
10-11      John Niles, Global Telmatics
11-12:30   -Rural Issues. Janet Poley, A*DEC; Michele Gale-Sinex, Center 
           for Integrated Ag Systems; E. Michael Stamen, CICNet.
           -Newspapers and community systems. Dan Pulcrano, Metro, San Jose
           CA; Rob Hurliss, Casper Star-Tribune (WY), TBA. Newspapers are
           tied to their communities, and many are delivering information
           and communication services to their readers. Is this good
           business or just good citizenship?
12:30-1:30 Lunch
1:30-3:00  Wrapup: Jean Polly, NYSERNet.

Note: programs preceeded by a dash (-) are parallel tracks or BOFs with
one to three speakers. There are still some spaces for new speakers and
some time slots open for other topics for discussion.

Machines and network connections will be provided for scheduled demos which
will be running Wed and Thursday 1-3, and unscheduled demos will be running
most hours Wednesday to Friday. If you would like to show your community
system, BBS, Web page, or online database, please contact us. These uses
will have priority over attendees checking their e-mail.


Courtyard by Marriott
10605 N Wolfe Road
single:  $93
double:  $103

Cupertino Inn
10889 North DeAnza Blvd.
Cupertino,  CA  95014
single:  $95
double:  $110

Howard Johnson
5405 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara
single and double:  $64 (plus tax)

Woodcrest Hotel
5415 Stevens Creek Blvd.
Santa Clara
single:  $92
double:  $107

Sheraton Sunnyvale Inn
1100 N Mathilda Ave.
single:  $99
double:  $109

Other hotels and motels:
La Hacienda Inn
18840 Saratoga-Los Gatos Ave, Saratoga

Econo Lodge
2930 El Camino Real
Santa Clara

San Jose International Airport is served by various carriers with 
frequent flights from major cities. It is about 15-20 minutes drive 
to the conference site.

San Francisco Intl. Airport is about 45-60 minutes from the conference 

Of course, both airports have various car rental agencies.

San Jose is served by several airport shuttle services which
cost about $11 per passenger:

South and East Bay Airport Shuttle 408 559 9477
Express Shuttle 408 378 6270
VIP Airport Shuttle 408 378-8847.

There is plenty of free parking outside the conference facility at 
4 Infinite Loop, Cupertino, California.
URL: look for pointer on after Feb. 27.
Version: Feb. 24, 1995

Mark Wheeler - Advisory Systems Engineer
Apple Computer, Inc.          Reston, VA

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