Survey Finds U.S. Civil Rights Organizations Struggle to Adjust to Internet Age
Roach, Ronald, Black Issues in Higher Education
A report released by the Leadership Conference on Civil Rights (LCCR) and the Leadership Conference Education Fund (LCEF) indicates that while the national civil rights organizations recognize the importance of the Internet, many groups lack the financial, technical and knowledge-based resources to fully participate in important communications and information technology policy debates.
The report, titled From Digital Disconnect to Digital Empowerment, reports that although several groups have made substantial progress in this area, many national civil rights organizations are at the very beginning stages of integrating Internet-based resources into their work. The Ford Foundation, the Markle Foundation and the AOL Tune Warner Foundation funded the study.
"The findings of the report released today are of great concern. The report makes clear that while national civil rights organizations know that it is critical for all segments of society to participate fully in the information technology revolution and related policy debates, many of our leading organizations are being left behind," says Wade Henderson, executive director of the LCCR. …