Knight Foundation Funding for the BTV Civic Cloud Project
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
January 22, 2014
Contact: Lauren Glenn Davitian, 802-862- 3966 davitian [at] cctv [dot] org
FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
National Foundation Funds Burlington’s Civic Cloud, Providing Public Internet Platform at Gigabit Speeds for Innovative Community Organizers, Nonprofits and Civic Hackers
CCTV Center for Media & Democracy is delighted to announce that The John S. and James L. Knight Foundation announced today that it has awarded a $35,000 Knight Prototype Fund grant to the Civic Cloud Collaborative. Launched by a group of eight local organizations to build a “Civic Cloud” on Burlington’s gigabit network, the project will be a tool for innovative community organizers, nonprofits and civic hackers to develop public, non-commercial Internet applications. The Knight Foundation grant will be used to construct a prototype of the Civic Cloud over the next six months.
The first of its kind, the Civic Cloud combines Burlington’s fiber-optic gigabit network and donated servers to build a public access Internet platform available to the community for non-commercial Internet applications and digital creative works.
The Civic Cloud takes advantage of Burlington Telecom’s gigabit Internet speeds—over 100 times the average national broadband speed. The Civic Cloud will complement the work of BTV Ignite, a partnership between US Ignite and the City of Burlington. BTV Ignite is an initiative to use Burlington’s gigabit infrastructure as a tool, testbed, and accelerator for economic, educational and community benefit.
CCTV’s Lauren-Glenn Davitian adds: “We are so pleased to be working with our partners to pioneer the next generation of public, educational and government access. The Civic Cloud combines the best of our community media operations, Burlington Telecom’s publicly owned gigabit network, and innovative ideas into a new public resource that will soon become a local treasure and national model.”
Several initial applications will be deployed during the prototyping phase of the Civic Cloud. High-definition live streaming will be provided for community media outlets to webcast live public meetings and cultural events. WordPress websites will be hosted for several Vermont nonprofits including rescue squads, food shelves, job banks and historical societies. A collection of volunteer-developed applications and a state-of-the-art website deployed to the Civic Cloud will help Big Heavy World preserve and promote Vermont-made music. Lakecraft, an educational, multi-user game aimed at youth and adults that gamifies the Lake Champlain Basin, will also be one of the first applications to run on the Civic Cloud.
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CCTV is especially excited to see the Civic Cloud project included with 24 others in what the Knight Foundation refers to as their "Prototype Fund." The key here is making technology and data work for the public good. From Tracking and aggregating noise pollution data in Missouri; to an app in Kentucky that tracks popular bike routes for improved public infrastructure; in San Fransisco, an app for 'consumers' of social services to share their experiences and compile the data; and an app that tracks cases of food poisoning in Chicago, these are just a few examples of what people across the country are trying to do in the 'new frontier' of bits and bytes.
The entire list of prototype fund awardees as compiled by Chris Barr for the Knight Foundation:http://www.knightfoundation.org/blogs/knightblog/2014/1/22/testable-moment-for-media-innovation/
For more information, contact: Lauren-Glenn Davitian, CCTV Center for Media & Democracy, davitian [at] cctv [dot] org, 802.862.1645 x12
About the John S. and James L. Knight Foundation
Knight Foundation supports transformational ideas that promote quality journalism, advance media innovation, engage communities and foster the arts. The foundation believes that democracy thrives when people and communities are informed and engaged. For more, visit KnightFoundation.org.
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