Peter Brodie Miller

36 Atherton Road, Brookline, MA 02446, 617.734.1910 — peterm@igc.org

Community Media and Technology Researcher – April 2009-present

Cuba-related writings/presentations/workshops

** On-going since February 2017: web developer, July26.org, the Boston-Cuba July 26th Solidarity Coalition.

* November 4, 2017 – “U.S. Cuba Policy from Obama to Trump — It’s Not What It Looks Like at All,” Northeast Conference on Public Administration (NECoPA 2017), University of Vermont, Burlington, VT, International Transboundary Coordination and Conflict Track
Saturday, November 4, 3:30-4:45

* October 10-17, 2017 – Organizer, the Boston-area Leonardo Padura festival – at july26.org/october-2017-leonardo-padura-festival/ – “Brookline kicks off Boston-area festival for Cuban novelist Leonardo Padura.”

* July 26, 2017 – “July 26th Cuba Revolution Day with Lee Schlenker, Witness for Peace” on July26.org and in The Brookline Tab.

* June 22, 2017 – “Complicity: How US Community and NonProfit Technology Has Been Complicit in Some Very Ugly Cuba ‘Regime Change’ Policies and Practices — And What To Do About It” panel presentation for “Fake News, Real Emotion, & The Mediated Self” Graduate Student Conference, Boston University, Department of Emerging Media Studies. Presentation notes/outline.

* March 25, 2017 – Organized and moderated two workshops sessions with background papers for both, on “National Legislative Action to End the Embargo, Opportunities for Local Campaigns to Play a Major Role, and Lessons from Canada” and “Technology and Digital Media Support for Cuba and the Solidarity Movement,” National Cuba Conference, Fordham University, New York City.

* March 17, 2017 – “Ending the U.S. Embargo on Cuba at the Grassroots,” with Rita Barouch, North America Congress on Latina America (NACLA), https://nacla.org/news/2017/03/17/ending-us-embargo-cuba-grassroots

* December 15, 2016 – Producer, Dr. Digipol on Cuba, Technology, and US-Cuba Relations, on the two year joint normalization announcements anniversary, a talk with three of the five co-chairs in the National Network on Cuba about the implications of the death of Fidel Castro and the new regime of president-elect Donald Trump for US-Cuba relations and the media and technology they use to co-ordinate the U.S. network of solidarity groups.

* July 26, 2016 – Organizer and local newspaper publicity for Boston area premier showing of “All Guantanamo is Ours” documentary.

* May 31, 2016 – Presentation to the Brookline Town Meeting in support of the “Resolution Calling for an End to the United States’ Economic, Commercial, and Financial Embargo Against Cuba and Respect for Cuba’s Sovereignty.”

* May 12, 2016 – “Report on the April 2016 Delegation Trip to Cuba” sponsored by the Community Technology Network of the Bay Area.

* January 25, 2016 – “Che Guevara and the Origins of ICT4D in Cuba,” prepared for June ICT4D conference.

* July 9, 2015 – “alt-rootsofhope.org: Between a Rock and a Hard Place — Community Technology in Cuba Project Report” — on the June trip to Cuba and seminar co-sponsored by the Center for Global Justice.

* June 23, 2015 – “The Promise & Peril of the Third Wave: Socialism & Democracy for the 21st Century — CyberMarxism, Community Technology, and Their Implications for Cuban Development,” paper/presentation for the 25th Seminar between Cuban and Northamerican Philosophers and Social Scientists, University of Havana.

Other Community Media and Technology

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.:

“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.

“The Partisan Review Comes to Boston” (1978)

“John Dewey — Towards the Political Education of Science,” March 1975; “Dewey’s Philosophy of Science — A Preliminary Plan for The Experimental Resurrection of John Dewey,” May 1975.


•   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.


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