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Old 10-11-2009, 11:09 AM   #1
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Free Book - Informing Communities

Informing Communities: Sustaining Democracy in the Digital Age, by The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy.

From their press release:
The Knight Commission on the Information Needs of Communities in a Democracy, funded by the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation and organized by the Aspen Institute Communications and Society Program, is the first major national commission to report on news and information in the digital age. It conducted a year-long study to assess the information needs of communities. It comprises 17 respected leaders from the fields of media, public policy and community organization, including co-chairs Theodore B. Olson and Marissa Mayer. Alberto Ibargüen, Knight Foundation president and CEO, and Walter Isaacson, Aspen Institute president and CEO, serve as ex-officio members. Peter M. Shane, the Davis and Davis Chair in Law at the Moritz College of Law at Ohio State University, served as the Commission’s executive director.

The Commission held seven public forums and meetings in communities across the nation, and heard from more than 100 people, including community organizers, educators, journalists from old and new media, labor leaders, technology engineers and strategists, entrepreneurs, futurists, public officials, policy analysts, economic consultants and community foundation representatives. The Commission, in association with PBS Engage, also invited public input to its work, receiving over 1,100 recommendations which shaped its final report. More information about the Commission and its work is available at www.knightcomm.org.


You can also get a PDF copy from Scribd.Com or directly from the commission. In addition, the commission encourage participation in the national dialogue on the Commission's recommendations by leaving your comments on the online version of the Report.
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