The two days mapped out here include hardware (the machines), software (applications), and wetware (us). We start with where we live, the city and the county (session 1).We cover Illinois’s $350 million investment from the Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (sessions 2 and 4, the Pipes and the People). We examine the eBook (session 3) We feature the critical professions of social work and librarianship in this environment (6, 8, and 9)including Chicago’s unique CyberNavigators who help people learn and use the internet. We look closely at culture (sessions 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, focusing on music, youth on computers, local history, community media, and genealogy). Each session revolves around two questions:
- How are Chicago and a few other related places changing into informational places? Is Chicago becoming more democratic as a result? More inclusive?
- What would Chicago be like if we really embrace and take ownership of the information revolution?
The first question combines media reports, academic research, and policy making in public and private organizations. The second is about our collective imagination, all of us in all our diverse neighborhoods and organizations.