Something called the “Knight Commission on the information needs of communities in a democracy” just released the findings and recommendations of its national survey of community information needs, and it’s as good as any statement about the information/media needs in this region. Here are the three recommendations:
- Maximize the availability of relevant and credible information
- Enhance information capacity of individuals
- Promote public engagement
They also released a bunch of money to support this work. While we didn’t get any of that, The Springfield Institute has submitted an ambitious project proposal, called “Digital Unite,” to the US Department of Commerce Broadband Recovery Act Technology Opportunities Program to address the symptoms and causes of the digital divide head on (check our two-page summary here). The project is one of several great initiatives assembled into a single package by WesternMA Connect. We should hear about that by the end this month.