A few days ago during a #pubmedia chat on Twitter, we were talking about the complex relationship between public media – NPR and PBS stations – and community media such as cable access TV. Someone brought up community media centers that also serve as telecentres – places that provide free/low-cost Internet access and training – and I mentioned Lowell Telecommunications Corporation (LTC) in Massachusetts, one of several community media organizations that pioneered this model.
I’d hoped to tweet a link to a book on telecentres I co-wrote and edited for IDRC in Canada a number of years ago called From The Ground Up: The Evolution Of The Telecentre Movement, since it included a chapter on LTC. But I discovered that the online version of the book was no longer being hosted by telecentre.org. Thanks to Archive.org, though, I managed to find a PDF of the book. It’s a big file – seven megs – but the book is very heavy on photography, so the PDF version does it justice more than the Web version ever did.
I’m uploading a copy of it here to ensure that it doesn’t vanish again. I wrote the chapters on Ghana, Hungary and India, and co-edited the rest of it. Hope you enjoy it. -andy