Andy Carvin's Waste of Bandwidth

May 1, 2000

Latest Goings-On at the Benton Foundation

Filed under: Uncategorized — Andy Carvin @ 4:24 pm

As many of you already know, I started a new job at the Benton Foundation last fall after spending five years at the Corporation for Public Broadcasting. The folks at Benton are keeping me busy on a variety of projects. My biggest activity is serving as editor of the Digital Divide Network. DDN is an online coalition of major non-profit groups and high-tech corporations working together to help bridge the digital divide. The website serves as a central hub for all the latest news, research and community projects regarding the divide, and will eventually become an interactive community where practictioners can come to share their experiences and ideas. I’m also serving as the moderator of a new listserv, DIGITALDIVIDE. DIGITALDIVIDE is the first email discussion dedicated to issues related to the digital divide. I started the list in mid-December; by February we had over 500 members from around the world. If you’re interested in subscribing, send an email to digitaldivide-request@list.benton.org that says subscribe digitaldivide yourname in the first line of the message body and you’ll be added to the list.
In March, the Benton Foundation released the report, The E-Rate in America: A Tale of Four Cities. I served as editor and contributing author to the report, which examines how the federal E-Rate program has helped bring Internet access to Chicago, Cleveland, Detroit and Milwaukee. If you’re interested in the politics of educational technology and the Internet, I’d encourage you to read it.

Getting to Meet the Prez

Filed under: Bhutan — Andy Carvin @ 4:22 pm

On April 5, I had the honor of meeting President Clinton at the White House. That day in the East Room, the president hosted an event kicking off his April Digital Divide tour. After the event was over, President Clinton spent some time talking with attendees, and I briefly got to speak with him about the Digital Divide Network and the importance of addressing the digital divide comprehensively, especially in regard to literacy and education issues. On the whole it was pretty exciting. I’d always heard people say that when you meet Clinton in person, he makes you feel like you’re the only person in the world he’d want to talk to. It really is true – he won’t stop shaking your hand until your done talking, he stares deep in to your eyes and listens intently. Like him or not, there’s no doubt the guy’s got charisma. Next time I’ll have to invite him out for happy hour or something….

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