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Re: [Membership] A Model for Community & Global

.... basically, anything more complicated than e-mail or a graphics-free
Website is going to leave a lot of people out.


At 12:17 PM 12/03/99 -0800, Greg Skinner wrote:
>Antoun Nabhan <anabhan@law.harvard.edu> wrote:
>> At 04:19 PM 3/11/99 -0800, gds@best.com wrote:
>>> I think if you set up a web site for your community resource, and have
>>> a Java applet launched whenever someone from your community visits it,
>>> it can provide the automatic type of community information you
>>> want.
>> I was thinking of something more PointCast-like: push technology,
>> with the "Community Sphere" application running in the background and
>> then connecting to the appropriate server every time you connect to
>> the Net. I don't *think* there's a way to make a Java applet persist
>> after you exit your browser/JVM.
>I don't know much about PointCast.  I run applets (within
>appletviewer) independently of browsers.
>At any rate, I think there are a variety of approaches that
>Communisphere can use to get information to its members, ranging from
>simple email messages to comprehensive messaging/reporting systems.
>All of this can be done using off-the-shelf technology.  There is
>ample documentation on and offline that explains how to use it.
>I have some general questions about Communisphere, having been born
>and raised in NYC, and lived in some poor communities.  I'd like to
>know how people there would like to use the Internet.  Are they really
>confused by all the different ISPs?  Do they know how to access online
>reference materials?  Do they know how to obtain freeware or
>shareware?  Have they tried to network with other freenets or Internet
>community centers?

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