Spring is an exciting time for Community Technology Network (CTN), as we work to help vulnerable and underserved communities in the Bay Area overcome barriers to effective technology access! In April, CTN represented the cause of “Expanding Broadband Access and Adoption in Underserved Communities” at the 10NTC conference in Atlanta, hosted an event at Elixir to raise support for digital inclusion in the Bay Area, and hosted a networking event on internet safety. CTN will be hosting events this May and June, when CTN will also launch its new website and conduct its first Volunteer Orientation of 2010. Click here now to support digital inclusion in San Francisco.

Join CTN and Lighthouse for the Blind this Friday, May 7 at 4.00 PM for a free Assistive Technology event. Meet with community technology leaders to discuss the challenges of making technology programming accessible to more people, and explore the assistive technology available at Lighthouse’s Tech Lab. Click here to view a full description of this event and to RSVP.


CTN is working to connect computer centers and communities to resources through its new website, which will include a searchable directory of computer centers in San Francisco. CTN is now gathering information about community technology providers to include in its directory. To make sure your organization and technology program are included, please email Winifred for a username and password­. Also, email Winifred if you have resources that you are interested in sharing with the community, such as curricula, community outreach tools, and best practices for computer lab management.


On April 13, leaders in the field of community technology met at Jewish Vocational Services to discuss how to help the communities they serve become more aware of internet safety issues. Presenters Kami Griffiths and Rachel Schapira (JVS) demonstrated a curriculum on internet safety created by Consumer Action. Click here to read a full description of the event and to access free resources on internet safety.


This April, leaders in the field of nonprofit technology gathered at the 10NTC (2010 Nonprofit Technology Conference) in Atlanta, Georgia hosted by NTEN . Kami Griffiths, along with presenters David Keyes, (City of Seattle), Ruth Williams (ZeroDivide), and Karen Manuel (Communities Connect Network & EdLab Group) discussed “Expanding Broadband Access and Adoption in Underserved Communities”. The panel shared information about how organizations on the West Coast are working to increase effective access to technology in front of an international audience of broadband advocates.


Thank you to everyone who came to Elixir on April 21 to support CTN! Your contributions make it possible for more people, like Lily and Benny (pictured right), to take advantage of digital opportunities. Thanks to CTN, they were able to learn how to use email, see their hometown in the Philippines using Google maps and research information using Wikipedia. With your support, we can continue to reach older adults and eliminate barriers to effective access in the Bay Area. Click here to donate now! Email Winifred to learn how you can give your time to help an underserved individual learn how to use the computer.


Self-Help for the Elderly offers informal computer training to Cantonese and Mandarin-speaking seniors. The seniors are eager to get more information about Internet resources and some need technical support for computers they have at home. Access Now is organizing an event in San Mateo for volunteers to provide one session of free technical support and one-on-one computer and Internet tutoring. Click here to register to volunteer!

We wouldn’t be able to provide these services without your support, please consider making a tax deductible donation today. You can continue to support CTN by donating your time and skills as a volunteer, through in-kind donations of equipment, and by spreading CTN’s message throughout your communities. Please feel free to show your proud support of CTN on our Facebook page, and we hope to see you at one of our upcoming events.


Kami Griffiths, Executive Director

Winifred Olliff, Program Coordinator


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