National Center for Small Communities Releases Getting Online 2.0 Guidebook
Following on the success of its first Internet guide, the National Center for Small Communities is releasing "Getting Online 2.0: a small-town guide to creating 21st-century communities."
The new 74-page guide--developed with support from the AOL Time Warner Foundation--identifies the skills that enable youth, adults and communities to be successful in the digital age.
It shows that information technology, when widely available, is a powerful tool for promoting equality of opportunity between rural and non-rural areas and between economically distressed and economically endowed communities.
The book breaks down into four chapters that describe the Internet, its many uses and computer hardware and software requirements.
It explains Internet service providers (ISPs) and introduces new smart devices and wireless technology. Chapter 1 also explores the Web, effective search strategies and issues of security and privacy.
The guide also provides a how-to guide for putting local government online. Getting Online 2.0 steers readers through the process of website development, domain registration and marketing, and also offers recommendations for the site's content. It provides guidance on making a site accessible to everyone, including persons with disabilities. It also explains privacy policies and provides advice on constructing current, relevant and secure Web sites.
The guide also encourages public access to the Internet for those without convenient access.
About one-third of Americans do not have ready access to the Internet and 46 percent of U.S. citizens are not currently online. …