Peter Brodie Miller
36 Atherton Road, Brookline, MA 02446, 617.734.1910 — firstname.lastname@example.org
Community Media and Technology Researcher – April 2009-present
- Tech Networks of Boston — TNB Roundtable: What nonprofit organizations need to know about community technology centers, November 7, 2014.
- “From the Digital Divide to Digital Inclusion and Beyond: An Update on Telecentres and CTCs,” a review of five recent works and basis for organizing panel and presentation on “Bridging the Digital Divide and Promoting Digital Inclusion: An Update on Public Access Venues and Projects” for “Public Administration in an Information Society: Opportunities, Threats, and Intriguing Possibilities,” the Northeast Conference on Public Administration, November 2, 2013.
- Updated dissertation chapter on “Centres and Centers: The Centrality of Telecentres and Community Technology Centers (CTCs)” and Epilogue (on this chapter as an example of how to customize an online textbook in Community Informatics) considered by the Information Technology and Policy (ITP) section of the American Political Science Association (APSA) for 2013 Teaching and Learning Innovations Award. As per CMT2012, presentations/workshops on this material developed for Ethos Roundtable (October 2010), the 5th International Conference on Communities and Technologies Conference in Brisbane (June 2011); the Northeast Conference on Public Administration in New York City (October 2011); the Community Informatics Research Network Conference in Prato, Italy (November 2011).
- Dissertation, Political Theory as an Avocation: Community Technology and the Prospects for Democracy in America; other updated chapters and material (at CMT & Political Theory) include:
- “Carl Davidson: From SDS and The Guardian, to cyRev and CyberRadicalism for the 21st Century,” 2011 special paper published by Comm-Org, the Online Conference on Community Organizing.
- “Who are the 99%: We the People — A Tribute to Ed Schwartz and the Institute for the Study of Civic Values,” in Open Media Boston, December 2011.
- Other related journalistic pieces published in Open Media Boston:
- “3/27/12: Innovations in Community Media — Live at Brookline Access TV and Webcast Everywhere” (March 2012)
- “From DexCon2010 in Chicago to Media Reform in Boston This April  — Community Technology Organizing on the Local-National Continuum” — along with organizing a pre-conference local “Media Reform/Community Technology Day” in March.
- Review: Premier Issue of the Journal of New Organizing (February 2010)
- “On the Fall  Community Technology Conference Trail from Boston to New York City“
Community Media and Technology Activist / Consultant, 2007-present
Families and Friends of 100 Centre St., support group for Brookline senior housing, executive committee and communications systems developer, 2009-present; Mission Hill Food Co-op, co-coordinator, 1983-present, co-coordinator, “Rebuilding the Co-op Movement Using Modern Communication Tools” session, 2011 Boston Digital Media Conference; Open Media Boston, journalist and project developer, 2009-present; Points of Light Foundation, CTC development support, 2010-11; Brookline Extended Day Advisory Council, program developer and oversight committee member, grant writer, 2007-10; Brookline Interactive Group/Brookline Access Television (BATV.org), Board of Directors, 2009-2014.
Founder, Co-Principal Investigator, Director of the CTC VISTA Project (www.ctcvista.org, later transformed into the Transition Project) at UMass/Boston in the College of Public and Community Service, 4/00-10/05; Development and Support Specialist, 10/05-07.
Project provided for the recruitment, placement, and ongoing support of more than 400 AmeriCorps*VISTA members in Community Technology Centers and related organizations across the country from its inception through August 2011. The most popular project in the AmeriCorps online recruitment and placement system when it went online in 2001 through 2003, the project housed the Community Technology Review through 2005, won one of Grassroot.org’s first “Techie” awards in April 2007, and was the major field component of the Community Media and Technology program at the UMass College of Public and Community Service.
Oversaw/developed other field initiatives including the Commonwealth Broadband Collaborative, a university-community regional partnership designed to provide cable and Internet programming, distribution, training, and support, producing “First Tuesday,” a community media and technology news magazine program, simultaneously cablecast over community cable channels in Eastern Massachusetts and streamed over the web, 2003-04; and the Boston Earned Income Tax Credit (EITC) Electronic Filing and Technology Access Project, designed to return millions of dollars in federal and state taxes to low-income Boston residents by deploying a new online application system, funded by the U.S. Department of Commerce, Technology Opportunities Program, 2003-05.
Network Director, Community Technology Centers’ Network (CTCNet.org, , best accessed via archive.org, directly at https://web.archive.org/web/*/http://ctcnet.org), 2/94-7/98; Public Policy Project Coordinator, 7/98-12/99.
Responsible for planning, management, outreach, and development of national network of community technology centers (growing from 12 to over 400, and later to over 1200), the country’s oldest and largest association of community organizations with programs designed to provide technology training, access and support to low-income and at-risk populations; program and materials development; central and regional staff coordination; strategic alliances. Public Policy project work focused on rural CTC development and telecom policy, culminating in special issue of the Community Technology Review jointly published by CTCNet, the Association for Community Networking, and the Alliance for Community Media.
Related Community Technology Leadership Activities (1994-2005):
- Founder and editor, Community Technology Review (1994-2005)
- Board of Directors: Alliance for Public Technology; Alliance for Community Media, Northeast Region; Ohio Community Computing Center Network; Technology Education Council of Somerville.
- Board of Advisors: Computers in Our Future, the Wellness Foundation-supported California Community Computing Center Network project; Distance Learning Policy Laboratory of the Southern Regional Education Board; the Civil Rights Forum on Communications Policy; OMB Watch’s Nonprofits, Policy, and Technology Project; Association for Community Networking; Freedom House Technology Advisory Committee (Roxbury, MA), the Organizers’ Collaborative.
- Consultant: CTC and 21st Century Schools Programs in the U.S. Department of Education; National Strategy for Nonprofit Technology, developing the “Linkages Guide” (listed and linked below) and pre-organization for the Nonprofit Technology Enterprise Network (nten.org), 1998-99; California Foundation for Parks and Recreation, support in developing their national CTC models and network in collaboration with LAP.org, 2002-03; the Jordanian Ministry of Information, supported by US AID’s Achievement of Market-Friendly Initiatives and Results (AMIR) Program, evaluating the country’s CTC Program, “Knowledge Stations Financial Sustainability Assessment,” put together team with Richard Civille, Mona Affifi, Steve Cisler, Michael Gurstein, 2002-03.
Executive Director, Somerville Community Computing Center, 1988-12/93.
Organizational and volunteer coordination for Apple II, Mac and PC community labs; oversight for public access and education/human service programs with city’s Adult Ed Program (ABE, GED, ESL), Council on Aging, Head Start, Even Start, Community Schools, public library, community cable access center and other agencies. Teacher training, technical assistance, program development, grantsmanship.
Publications and Computer Resources and Training (PACRAT) Specialist for Community Organizations, 1986-93
- Consultant – Oxfam America, the National Low-Income Housing Coalition, the National Conference of Progressive Printers of America, Massachusetts Community Action Agency Directors’ Association, Mass. Union of Public Housing Tenants, Mass. Women’s Political Caucus, Mass. Association for Counseling and Development, Mass Council of Human Service Providers, Mass. Association of CDCs, Lena Park CDC, the Organizing and Leadership Training Center, TDC Connect.
- Coordinator, Project Place/United South End Settlements technology education, training, and access program for the homeless, 1991-93.
- Coordinator, MetroBoston Community Desktop Publishing Center Network, 1987-90 – Established centers at the Roxbury Action Program, Mass Union of Public Housing Tenants (Dorchester), City Life/Vida Urbana (Jamaica Plain), and the Somerville Community Action Agency through grants from the Massachusetts Executive Office of Communities and Development and Apple Computer Community Affairs; program development and grantsmanship; training and on-going support.
- Co-Editor/Editor, Impact, the joint publication of the Social Impact Group and Public Service Committee of the Boston Computer Society, 1990-93; the final two issues in 1993 with community computing center inserts are in the Community Technology Review archive.
- Conference Organizer – First through third annual “New England Conference on Computers and Social Change” 1991-1993.
Technical Materials Coordinator, Cambridge Institute for Information Systems, Inc., 1983-85.
Responsible for development and production of training, educational, and public information materials including editing, graphics, design, and layout; coordination and contract management with production and design vendors and suppliers; in-house training for technical and administrative staff; management of Institute’s Macintosh network; assistance for courses in Information Processing Systems and Executive Program in Software and Processor Technology.
Executive Director, Urban Planning Aid, Inc., Boston, 1979-83. Administrative and supervisory responsibility for low-income community resource and training center (with staff of 30), the country’s first advocacy planning agency; programs in audio-visual and print media (including production and distribution of “Community Press Features” graphic services), housing, health, crime prevention; joint VISTA, Urban League and UMass/Boston projects; relations with governmental and private funding sources; eastern Massachusetts-wide workshop and conference programs; program development; grantsmanship.
Adjunct Faculty: Community Media and Technology Program, College of Public and Community Service, UMass/Boston; Goddard College Adult Degree Program, Plainfield, VT; Boston College Evening College (Department of Political Science); University of California at Santa Cruz (political science teaching fellow); Deep Springs College, Deep Springs, CA.
Additional writings and publications include:
“Community Building Journalism: The Community Technology Review as a Model” in Schuler, Douglas (ed.), Liberating Voices! A Pattern Language for Communication Revolution (Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2008).
“Oberlin College and the Berkeley School of Political Theory” (2009), based on the expanded narrative for “The Electronic Resource Development Project for the Berkeley School of Political Theory,“ the MacArthur Foundation Digital Media and Learning Competition, 2007.
“CTCNet, the Community Technology Movement, and the Prospects for Democracy in America,” chapter 8 in Gurstein, Michael (ed.), Community Informatics: Enabling Community Uses of Information and Communications Technology (Hershey, PA: Idea Group Publishers/IGI Global, 2000), pp 190-212, also available here.
See also all the editorial introductions to the Community Technology Review and essays/articles on “The Corporation for National Service and the Digital Divide” (fall-winter 02-03), “The Commonwealth Broadband Collaborative and the Premiere of ‘First Tuesday'” (spring 03), “An Introduction to the Journal of Community Informatics“ (winter 04-05), “The ComTechReview and the CTC VISTA Project: Turning Inward and Looking Out Again” (fall ’05).
Originally available directly at www.ctcnet.org now via archive.org, e.g.:
- On www.bridgingthedivide.org — the Conference, and the Possibilities for Community Technology Organizing at the Regional and State Level (2000)
- One Planet, One Net — The Symposium (1998)
- CTCs as TA Providers: Notes from the Field (1998)
- Towards a Linkages Guide for the National Strategy for Nonprofit Technology (1998)
- Requiem for the Boston Computer Society and the National Public Telecommunications Network (1996)
- CTCNet and the Community Technology Center Movement (1996); other versions include “The Community Computing Center Movement,” in the “Community Computer Center News and Notes” special insert to the November 1993 issue of the Boston Computer Society’s Impact, pp. 21-23; a similarly titled version was published in the newsletter of Computer Professionals for Social Responsibility in the Fall 1993, reprinted in the premier issue of CyRev, a journal of cybernetic revolution, sustainable socialism, and radical democracy, Summer 1994, as “Empowering the Info-Poor: The Community Computing Center Movement”; “Playing to Win and the Community Computer Center Movement” was published in the summer 1994 Community Technology Center News and Notes, pp. 7-10, along with the Playing to Win Mission Statement and Credo.
“Bridging the Gap: Community Organizations and Computers” and “Part Two: What Can Be Done — Tips for Volunteers and Consultants,” Impact (Boston Computer Society), January and June, 1989.
• Ph.D., University of CA at Santa Cruz, Political Theory and Community Technology in the History of Consciousness Program, advanced to candidacy 5/1975, degree awarded 12/2010.
• B.A., Oberlin College, Oberlin, Ohio, cum laude in Philosophy and Government, 6/1967.