Policy Research

One of the CVR's strengths is its ability to inform public policy discussion on a broad range of issues in information technologies. In particular, the previouis CVR Director, Richard Chabran was very instrumental in advancing much-needed policy discussion on the role of new technologies and their impact on libraries and communities. While at the Chicano Studies Research Center at UCLA, for example, Richard worked on Senate Concurrent resolution 43. He specifically worked with both legislative staff and University of California staff to develop a profile and critique of what was being done within the university as it related to library and information practices.

Richard also served as a member of the SB 600 Task Force on Telecommunications Infrastructure, which led to both changes in the Public Utilities Commission (PUC) rate changes for low-income people and enhanced funding for schools and public libraries. More recently, as part of the California Wellness Foundation's Computers in Our Future Initiative Policy Agenda Group, CVR has been working with the Children's Partnership on a range of telecommunications policy issues. CVR served as a resource in the development of CIOF's " A Policy Agenda for Community technology: Assuring that Low Income Communities Benefit form Technological Progress and the Information Age." CVR also serves as the lead agency in the CIOF Policy Group. One outcome of this activity has been the increased multi-year funding from the Wellness Foundation to specifically work on developing a policy agenda for community technology. In this regard, CVR has played an important leadership role in building buy-in from other CIOF grantees on community technology and has now positioned itself to play an even greater role nationally.

Given its success in building a community-based computing center as well as its reputation for providing thoughtful analysis, CVR staff has participated in a range of national and regional conferences on new technologies and computing. In addition, CVR staff has been actively involved in promoting the CDI at local and regional civic meetings and conferences.

Other past contributions -

On Friday, October 29, 1999, the director met with the staff of the new California Legislative Internet Caucus to discuss the role of community access points in promoting access, technology training and information technology use in low-income communities. In January the Computers In Our Future Policy Group, the director coordinates was invited to testify at a Joint Informational Hearing of the Senate Energy, Utilities & Communications Committee and the Senate Select Committee on Economic Development chaired, respectively, by Senators Debra Bowen and John Vasconcellos. Additionally, In March 14, 2000, the director was invited to testify at a follow-up hearing entitled "Bridging the Digital Divide, Striving for Solutions." In May, he was asked to appear before the Senate Education committee to comment on two Senate bills that would increase the number of community access points to the Internet connectivity and provide training for low-income communities.

Richard also served as an advisor in the United Way's American Dream Makers Latino profiles study, and the Children's Partnership American Families in the Digital Age project that recently released Online Content for Low-Income and Underserved Americans: The Digital Divide New Frontier. In addition, he made presentations at the Conference Board's Technology in Education is Everybody's Business, the Children's Defense Fund's National Conference, the Transnational Foro Conference, the University of Southern California's Technological Vision Conference, KCET's Digital Divide Summit. California and Pacific Southwest Recreation and Park Training Conference, Library Leadership Institute: Leadership in the New Millennium, The Council on Foundations, the National Community Building Network Conference, and the Rockefeller sponsored Higher Education and the Community: A Dialogue on Partnerships. Furthermore, CVR staff has been actively involved in promoting the CDI at local and regional civic meetings and conferences. For example, the director is a member of the City of Riverside's Digital Divide Task Force and Riverside On-line and Congressman Calvert's Hispanic Outreach Task Force.


For additional information contact:
Dr. Carlos Vélez-Ibáñez
Phone: (909) 787-3852 - Fax: (909) 787-3888

email: carlos.velez@ucr.edu


University of California Riverside
Ernesto Galarza Applied Research Center Lab
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