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Community Networking

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Read about the CPSR newsletter and Building Online Communities.

Be sure to visit the Community Space and Cyberspace Proceedings.

In all of CPSR's work around the National Information Infrastructure, one of the central principles has been that there needs to be universal public access to the growing communications infrastructure. One of the best mechanisms for achieving that access is through community networks. CPSR has been active in the community networking movement, particularly in the Seattle chapter, which developed and maintains the Seattle Community Network (SCN).

For more information on CPSR's work in community networking, please see the following:

Community Networks


Other resources

  • Mailing lists - If you are even remotely interested in civic, local, or rural computing issues, organizations, activities, networks, libraries, schools, etc., then you will be interested in at least one of the mailing lists noted here.
Outside Links

  • Community Networks
    An on-line guide to community network resources
  • The Contact Center Network
    A non-partisan, nonprofit organization whose aim is to create and support a network of community-based centers that will link, serve, and strengthen individuals and organizations working to build a better world.
  • The National Public Telecomputing Network
    NPTN is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to develop and support community computer systems, often called Free-Nets(R), throughout the U.S. and the world.


Updated Jan. 12, 1998, by Marsha Woodbury.

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