Google Selects Net Literacy as one of Ten Top “Zeitgiest” Social Enterprises in the Americas

Net Literacy was selected as one of ten Young Mind winners in Google’s Zeitgeist event for the Americas.

A video was requested explaining how Net Literacy was founded and the impact that it has had can be viewed by clicking on this link: http://youtu.be/IYYTH8Be5TU

For more information, contact [email protected]

Net Literacy to Present at USTelecom Research Summit

Net Literacy’s Daniel Kent will present at the annual USTelecom’s Research Summit and review broadband from the perspective of population groups with low adoption rates, offering research that provides insight how broadband adoption can be increased and the digital divide can be reduced.

For more information about the web Summit, visit the conference site by clicking HERE.

For other information, email [email protected]

Net Literacy Selected Chapter Editor for the “Telecom 2018 Plan”

Net Literacy has been selected to serve as a chapter editor in the Telecom 2018 plan online publication. Daniel Kent has been named as the Chapter Editor, representing Net Literacy.

The Telecom 2018 Plan represents an experiment in social production addressing the telecom industry’s transition to all IP networks. The project seeks to create an open resource for industry participants to contribute ideas on best practices and opportunities. The resulting roadmap should help facilitate the transition to all IP networks.

The organizers believe there exists a deep resource of expertise among the 2mn or so people working in the industry. The approach allows open contributions and editing among registered users. The project will leverage lessons incorporated in the Wikipedia editorial control process and assign an editor-in-chief, technical editor, and policy editor as well as chapter editors.

Editors will work to maintain content quality and seek consensus for any disputed content. The Telecom 2018 Plan will exist as a living document on the web with real-time updates. The plan also includes publishing subset of the content in the form of regular and e-book versions of the Plan on a periodic basis.

Please click HERE or for additional information, or contact [email protected]

Net Literacy Joins the Advisory Committee to the Congressional Internet Caucus

The Internet Education Foundation is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to educating the public and policymakers about the potential of a decentralized global Internet to promote communications, commerce and democracy.

The Congressional Internet Caucus Advisory Committee is made up of a broad cross-section of the public interest community and Internet industry. The Advisory Committee supports and encourages the Congressional Internet Caucus in its mission to educate policymakers about important Internet related policy issues.

Net Literacy is a Nonprofit Committee Member and supports this important project that enables the dialogue between public interest advocates, non-profits and the business community toward the goal of educating policymakers about the importance of technology and the Internet in promoting communications, commerce and democracy.

For more information, contact [email protected]

Summer 2011 Summary

Net Literacy had a busy and exciting summer:

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Financial Connects programs, over a five week period, engaged core city 42 students to create 91 financial literacy videos that correlated with the Department of Education’s Financial Literacy Standards.

Net Literacy taught 100 core city students how to create a business plan and 21st Century learning skills as 16 teams of students competed to most effectively engage a distinguished group of judges including executives from foundations, school, the nonprofit, and for-profit sectors.

Computer Connects programs taught 14 primarily homeless students financial literacy, group dynamics, and computer repurposing skills – 350 computers were completed and will be donated to schools, the parents of students on free lunch programs without a computer at home, libraries, and other nonprofits throughout Indiana so that they can build or expand public computer labs to increase access to broadband.

Net Literacy Receives the 21st Century Achievement Award
Net Literacy Receives the 21st Century Achievement Award

Net Literacy was named the 21st Century Achievement Winner by Computerworld Magazine. Companies were nominated from 31 countries and 264 companies were named “Laurels” and invited to a black tie dinner in Washington DC. 55 finalist in 11 categories were announced, and Net Literacy won the Digital Inclusion category by providing “the IT solution that most contributed to increasing digital inclusion” – the DigitalLiteracy.org “best practices” website. Other category winners included IBM, the City of Boston, Allstate Insurance, and the US Army.

During the last 30 days, Net Literacy website had 20,000 unique visitors

In August, Net Literacy delivered 223 computers to eight United Ways in eight counties benefiting 38 public libraries, youth centers, senior centers, community centers, and other nonprofits.

A Indiana Department of Education – Net Literacy partnership enabled Net Literacy to donate 750 computers to 14 schools throughout the state this summer.

For more information, email Daniel Kent at [email protected]

Get Seniors Online Launches!

A new authoritative and trusted website designed to facilitate “getting seniors online” was launched today at www.getseniorsonline.org.

The idea of this website and BLOG were central to the successful submission by Connected Living to the Broadband Technologies Opportunity Program (“BTOP” and the award of the grant in September 2010. Don S. Samuelson was the consultant to Connected Living, responsible for organizing the 14 local collaborators in the application, writing the narrative for the submission and organizing the local and State support for the application. The submission was a logical and effective collaboration. Connected Living and Don S. Samuelson of DSSA Strategies merged their experiences and skills to submit a BTOP proposal for the Illinois collaborators in December of 2009. The submission was made March 15, 2010. The BTOP application itself can be found in The Summary of the BTOP Application is in the BTOP tab.

One of the most significant contributions of this site was a vetting of all programs that teach senior citizens computer and Internet skills. The site provides names and accession information for twenty-five web-based computer and internet training and related programs. “The quality and comprehensiveness of the training programs vary considerably. Probably the best single example of best practice is Net Literacy. The Net Literacy project is based on widely-accepted design principles and makes the content of its training materials public.”

Net Literacy was gratified to be so recognized, and has been invited to be a guest blogger on GetSeniorsOnline.org.

For more information, contact [email protected] or visit www.getseniorsonline.org

Net Literacy Attends Broadband for America Briefing

Daniel Kent attended Broadband for America annual membership conference in Washington demonstrating Net Literacy’s continuing support for increasing broadband adoption and digital literacy throughout the United States. Daniel serves as a member of Broadband for America’s Digital Inclusion Committee. For more information, contact [email protected]

NTCA and Net Literacy Expand Partnership

The NTCA (National Telecommunications Cooperative Association) and Net Literacy are expanding their partnership together.

“We are grateful for the support and advocacy of the National Telecommunications Cooperative Association,” said Daniel Kent, Founder of Net Literacy. “The NTCA has supported us via a grant this year and in June, I visited Washington DC to talk with 100 Foundation for Rural Service youth about how teens can help increase digital inclusion in their own rural communities.” The Foundation for Rural Service brings 100 teens to Washington each year to learn about the regulatory and legislative processes. Educational sessions on these topics are greatly enhanced by site visits to the U.S. Capitol and the Federal Communications Commission, in addition to meetings with industry leaders and members of Congress.

“It is impressive,” said Kent, “that the NTCA engages youth in the process of reducing the digital divide and empowers them by helping these teens to understand how the Federal government works. The NTCA is a socially responsible organization that advocates youth engagement and one of the solutions to reducing the digital divide.”

Recently, the NTCA added Net Literacy as an Organizational Connection on the webpage: Strategic Outreach: Connecting and Collaborating for Rural Communities.

About the NTCA:

The National Telecommunications Cooperative Association (NTCA), “the voice of rural telecommunications,” is the premiere non-profit association representing over 570 small and rural telephone cooperatives and commercial companies. They are dedicated to improving the quality of life in rural communities through the advocacy of broadband and other advanced communications infrastructure and services. NTCA is a full-service association, featuring a highly effective government affairs program; expert legal and industry representation; a broad range of educational services; a comprehensive communications program with visibility in the media; and a well-rounded complement of industry events and an array of employee benefit programs. For more information, visit the NTCA.

About Net Literacy:

Net Literacy is a student founded nonprofit where 50% of the board of directors is comprised of middle school, high school, and college students. Net Literacy has increased computer access to over 150,000 Americans, been honored by two American Presidents, refurbished 12,000 computers in the last three years alone, and had three of their initiatives cited by the FCC in the National Broadband Plan presented to Congress. For more information, visit Net Literacy or email [email protected]

Net Literacy Issues Whitepaper on Internet Sales Tax Dispute

Net Literacy has published a whitepaper entitled “A Discourse on the Discordant State of Collecting Domestic Digital Duties.” The study explains that a growing number of states are collecting Internet sales tax are doing so as the constitutionality of this tax remains in the courts and unresolved.

Topics covered in the whitepaper include:
• A history of sales tax and the legal doctrines concerning the matter of affiliate nexus and entity isolation
• As an example, an examination of the State of New York’s application of the tax
• Statues such as New York’s are examined with respect to Federal legislation and The Internet Tax Freedom Act
• A discussion of these “Amazon Tax” statues together with a history of proposals and enactments of similar legislation across the nation
• The public policy ramifications of these statues and the concept of prospective retroactivity
• Potential remedies for taxpayers harmed through the use of class action suits

If you would like to download a copy of the whitepaper, please click on this link.

We believe that current statutes taxing inter-state e-commerce are facially unconstitutional because they violate the Commerce Clause and Federal legislation. Should the current litigation be found in favor of the e-commerce merchants such as Amazon, taxpayer refunds of these will adversely impact state budgets.

Since 2007, reductions in states’ tax collections have accelerated their efforts to identify new sources of revenue. States are redefining the definition of “substantial nexus” or the physical presence of out-of-state e-commerce to avoid running afoul of constitutional challenges. Because technology has been moving faster than legislation has been enacted, ambiguities have been created.

Many states require their citizens to pay use taxes on e-commerce purchases made out of state. Also, Streamlined Sales Tax Executive Director Scott Peterson said that more than 1,500 companies registered on the central registration system have collected $700 million in sales taxes for the Streamlined states. With the recent legislation passed in California, Illinois, and other states, the amount of taxes collected on inter-state e-commerce sales will dramatically increase in the future together with states’ potential liabilities.

The principal of prospective retroactivity has been raised by some state officials discussing their state’s liability should the inter-state e-commerce litigation be decided against them. We believe that class action suits will also be filed by taxpayers seeking redress for payment of unconstitutional state taxes or by businesses seeking to recover administrative costs of collecting the taxes and for the associated loss of sales and profits.

All of our whitepapers and FCC filings are available at www.netliteracy.org/whitepapers-fcc-filings. For further information, please email [email protected] or call at (317) 324-8880.

Net Literacy Wins Computerworld’s 21st Century Achievement Award

Net Literacy Named 21st Century Award Winner
Net Literacy Named 2011 Computerworld 21st Century Award Winner

FRAMINGHAM, MASS.—June 21, 2011—IDG’s Computerworld Honors Program, honoring visionary applications of information technology promoting positive social, economic and educational change, announces the 2011 21st Century Achievement Award winners— one honoree in each of the eleven categories—singled out for special recognition by the Program Judges to be the very best among the 262 Laureates.

“This awards program recognizes the continual and enormous contributions being made by technology for the betterment of society today,” said John Amato, Publisher, Computerworld. “All of this year’s honorees truly embody the Program’s mission ‘A Search for New Heroes.’ To be able to acknowledge and celebrate the contributions of the people and organizations behind the technology is something that Computerworld is proud, and humbled, to be a part of.”

More information, including the complete list of 2011 Computerworld Honors Laureates, the 55 21st Century Award finalists, and the 11 21st Century Award Winners is available at the Computerworld Honors website here: 21st Century Achievement Award Winners.

The case study on Net Literacy’s Digital Literacy best practices site can be viewed by downloading the PDF at the link HERE.

“Net Literacy is a team,” said Founder Daniel Kent who accepted the award in behalf of Net Literacy, “and together we are making a difference in our state, our country, and around the world. Through the innovative use of technology, sometimes seemingly complex problems, such as the sustainability of international digital inclusion and digital literacy efforts, can be solved in a cost effectively and efficient manner.”

About Computerworld Honors Program
Founded by International Data Group (IDG) in 1988, The Computerworld Honors Program is governed by the not-for-profit Computerworld Information Technology Awards Foundation. Computerworld Honors is the longest running global program to honor individuals and organizations that use information technology to promote positive social, economic and educational change. Additional information about the program and a Global Archive of past Laureate case studies and oral histories of Leadership Award recipients can be found at the Computerworld Honors website (http://events.computerworld.com/Honors2011).