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Community, Educational Leaders Examine Digital Divide and Future of Inland Empire

Community, Educational Leaders Examine Digital Divide and Future of Inland Empire

(June 8, 2000)

June 16, 2000

Business, civic and educational leaders will examine the "digital divide" in a Town Hall meeting from 9 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Friday, June 16, at the University of California, Riverside Extension Center, 1200 University Avenue, Riverside.

Free public seminars and workshops will cover social, economic, and educational dimensions of the digital divide, a phrase coined by researchers at UCR and subsequently picked up nationally to explain the gulf between those who are computer literate and those who are outside the new technology. Sessions will be held in conference rooms A and B at the center

Keynote addresses will be given by Assemblyman Rod Pacheco (R-Riverside) and Kari Dohn, senior assistant to the governor and director of policy, from 12:30 to 2 p.m. The purpose of the town hall is to educate local policy makers and members of the community in general about the impact of the digital divide, highlight ongoing programs that seek to close the divide, as well as explore further action.

Demonstrations of local technology programs will be conducted from 2:30 to 3:30 p.m. and include the UCR Community Digital Initiative, the Cybrary of the Riverside Public Library, the UCR/California Museum of Photography, City of Riverside Parks and Recreation; Arlanza Computer Center; Riverside Community On Line; and UCR Rivera Library Outreach.

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