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  • Leading Internet Portals and Markle Foundation Unfurl Web White & Blue 2000 | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Leading Internet Portals and Markle Foundation Unfurl Web White Blue 2000 Publication Date April 25 2000 WASHINGTON DC Markle Foundation President Zoë Baird today announced a collaboration between leading Internet traffic centers and the Markle Foundation called Web White Blue 2000 The collaboration will help voters journalists and others use the Internet to learn more about the presidential candidates their campaigns their scheduled debates this fall as well as the way the online resources are impacting politics in this presidential election year The Markle Foundation s non partisan non profit Web White Blue 2000 project will involve the following Charter Participants ABCNEWS com America Online CNN s allpolitics com FOXNews com iVillage com Microsoft MSN MSNBC com MTV com NetNoir com npr org National Public Radio Online NYTimes com Oxygen Media PBS Online USATODAY com washingtonpost com s OnPolitics Yahoo Said Zoë Baird Web White Blue 2000 represents the belief shared by the Markle Foundation and its collaborators in this effort that emerging information technologies can fundamentally enhance the electoral process The Web White Blue 2000 sites will be a collective resource for voters for journalists and for those citizens who usually sit on the sidelines electronic access to the Presidential campaigns to additional election information to behind the scenes places as well as an opportunity for the public to voice their opinions and ideas By stimulating debate and interest in the electoral process the unprecedented collaboration among the participants in Web White Blue 2000 holds the promise of revitalizing American democracy Web White Blue 2000 will build on the successful Web White Blue collaboration supported and overseen by the Markle Foundation during the 1998 election cycle In addition to each participant s own election content Web White Blue 2000 will augment the traditional televised Presidential debates with a complementary Rolling Cyber Debate This format will enable the campaigns to expand on their candidates televised answers while offering voters potential features like pre debate forums with debate moderators and access to official post debate spin This shared content from Web White Blue 2000 will be available at each of the Charter Participants sites In the coming weeks additional participants are expected to join those listed above In addition Web White Blue 2000 will syndicate features like the Best of the Best content that represents the finest election coverage and campaign material on the Internet And it will offer a List of the Rest detailing other organizations that provide valuable information using online resources The Markle Foundation also opened its Web White Blue 2000 project to participation by other dot com and dot org entities today Beyond the involvement of the initial Charter Participants the project will ideally involve academic institutions non profit organizations and public interest groups with a keen interest in how Internet technologies are

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  • Markle Foundation Names Alice Cahn Of Children's Television Workshop To Direct Program On Interactive Media For Children | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    s global creative development and production Said Zoë Baird I am delighted that Alice has joined the Markle Foundation She has been a major figure in entertaining and educational children s media for many years Alice is now in a position to create the models and expectations for how interactive media can best benefit children She added As children s waking hours become increasingly influenced by interactive media and toys it is critical that we encourage the development of quality content Alice s extraordinary track record as a leader in children s television and her desire to turn her attentions to new media bode well for the next generation of media consumers and for the field at large Said Alice Cahn I am so proud of what we have accomplished at The Workshop debuting DRAGON TALES as a top rated series on PBS Amy Tan s SAGWA slated for PBSKids Online and Television increased audiences and impact for SESAME STREET across the screens and much more My move to The Markle Foundation is an opportunity to take what I ve learned about children families and the impact of media and apply it more broadly to new and emerging technologies I intend to build partnerships that create motivating responsible engaging content and delivery systems that positively impact children and families The Markle Foundation is an exciting institution on the cutting edge working to advance public benefit from new information technologies About Alice Cahn Alice Cahn currently serves as President of the Television Film and Video Group at Children s Television Workshop where she is responsible for all CTW s domestic and international creative development and television production as well as home video and audio production and the development and production of film projects for the nonprofit organization Prior this she served as Director of Children s Programming at PBS where her responsibilities included strategic planning the direction of all PBS children s projects and the development of series including Teletubbies Wishbone Kratts Creatures Arthur and Where in Time is Carmen San Diego Prior to her tenure at PBS Ms Cahn designed national outreach programs that linked television businesses and education at the Los Angeles based Education First and served as Program Director for Children s Instructional Television at KQED Northern California Public Broadcasting Alice Cahn received her Masters in Educational Technology from San Francisco State University and holds a New York Teacher s License K 8 About Markle s Interactive Media for Children Program Markle s Interactive Media for Children Program is a multi faceted program of research investments and public education that works to create and support quality interactive media for children The program includes A major commitment to gain in depth knowledge about the impact and potential of new media to help children learn and grow specifically efforts include the setting of a national research agenda on how interactive media can contribute to the cognitive emotional physical and developmental needs of children Work with and support for key content

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  • Two Out Of Three Americans Believe Men Should Take More Than Two Weeks Paternity Leave | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Policy and Public Programming The Oxygen Markle Pulse created by the Markle Foundation and Oxygen Media to enhance the influence of the audience over the creation of content is an ongoing research initiative to create a comprehensive and in depth source of publicly available information about and for women The latest Oxygen Markle Pulse poll also found that men and women would like new fathers to take a little over three weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child However very few Americans know any men who have actually taken that much time off On average according to the Pulse poll findings men report having taken less than one week of paternity leave Cheryl Mills said The discussion over whether Tony Blair should take paternity leave has pushed the issue of family friendly policies to the forefront both in Britain and in the U S The Oxygen Markle Pulse is a great tool for us to quickly gauge what women a re thinking about this important issue and the way it affects their lives Findings in the Oxygen Markle Pulse poll include Most Americans 72 of women and 63 of men think it is important for men to take more than 2 weeks off after the birth or adoption of a child These economic concerns are reflected in support for changes to the Family and Medical Leave Act 48 of men and 54 of women say that they would be more likely to vote for a candidate that supported changing the FMLA so that businesses provided 4 weeks of paid leave and up to 8 weeks of unpaid leave American women are split over Cherie Blair s belief that her husband British Prime Minister Tony Blair take paternity leave when she gives birth to their fourth child in late May 53 of American women think that Tony Blair should take more than 2 weeks off from work when their baby is born However American women would be less likely to support an American President if he were in the same position with 45 saying that the President should take paternity leave of more than 2 weeks On average men report having taken less than one week of paternity leave and few Americans know any man who has taken more than two weeks off 71 of Americans don t know any male friends or family members who have actually taken more than 2 weeks off 68 of Americans don t know any male colleagues or co workers who have done so Men say the main reasons they don t take paternity leave are not that they don t value their roles as fathers or that workplace issues get in the way 48 of men agree that Men who take paternity leave care more about being a good father 46 of men agree that It s just as important for men to take paternity leave from their jobs as it is for women to take maternity leave from their jobs

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  • Resources | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    democracy to determine standards for a fair election Common Cause a 200 000 plus member nonpartisan organization promoting open honest and accountable government will create and lead an international group of experts in governance and public accountability to advise ICANN about how to build bona fide membership and voting processes The American Library Association ALA the world s oldest and largest national library association will distribute educational materials about ICANN and individual membership including those produced by ICANN and others in the United States and in partnership with international library groups throughout the world In addition the ALA has agreed to create virtual voting booths at libraries in the United States and work with library organizations abroad to do the same thing for the At Large elections The Center for Democracy and Technology CDT a leading civil liberties organization based in Washington DC will produce a pamphlet on why the public should care about ICANN and the decisions its makes The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard Law School a research program founded to explore cyberspace share in its study and help pioneer its development will explore mechanisms for open governance and deliberation online In addition Markle and the Berkman Center co hosted a public workshop on ICANN and pressing public interest issues in Los Angeles on October 31st Markle also intends to take other steps to assist leaders from around the world to participate in meetings of ICANN Said Scott Harshbarger President of Common Cause and former Attorney General of Massachusetts Throughout our 30 year history Common Cause has been a leading voice for citizens on issues of democratic process civic participation and openness and accountability in American government We look forward to drawing on this experience to promote democratic values in Internet governance through work with the Markle Foundation Libraries are the cornerstone of democracy said ALA President Elect Nancy Kranich They provide the information people need to be well informed and they provide access to millions of users No place is better suited than libraries to foster democracy in action on the Internet Jerry Berman Executive Director of the Center for Democracy and Technology added Control over Internet names could ultimately impact vital public interest including free expression personal privacy and the structure of tomorrow s Internet An open and accessible domain name system makes it possible for anyone to stand on a street corner in cyberspace and speak to the whole world We need to make sure that domain name governance is consistent with our fundamental civil liberties Public interest participation in and oversight of this governance system is essential to preserve those liberties Deliberation is at the core of both open education and open governance a chance for views to evolve and to be refined rather than simply summed said Jonathan Zittrain Executive Director of the Berkman Center We are seeking to build a kernel of open source tools to facilitate broad based online discussion deliberation and closure on issues that concern large and diverse groups of people and institutions ICANN Initiatives are Centerpiece of Markle s Internet Governance Project The initiatives announced today at ICANN s first annual meeting are part of Markle s recently launched Internet Governance Project IGP Markle has committed more than 1 million to the Internet Governance Project which is designed to promote the public interest in nontraditional international venues where decisions are increasingly made and standards are set that affect the Internet These venues non governmental organizations such as ICANN and the World Wide Web Consortium W3C and intergovernmental or regional organizations such as the World Trade Organization WTO and the World Intellectual Property Organization consider such issues as electronic commerce standards intellectual property consumer protection privacy content regulation taxation and online jurisdiction An important component of Markle s Policy for a Networked Society program the Internet Governance Project will promote the public s interest in a number of ways such as Increase awareness among public interest leaders about how the decisions of non traditional policy making entities are affecting their constituencies Provide useful cutting edge policy analysis from scholars and professionals from the law political science public policy and other relevant disciplines Assist in institution building by working with nontraditional policymaking entities to make them more accountable and democratic as they remain efficient and goal oriented Markle Foundation works to improve health and national security through the use of information and technology Markle collaborates with innovators and thought leaders from the public and private sectors whose expertise lies in the areas of information technology privacy civil liberties health and national security Learn more about Markle at www markle org The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers ICANN is a non profit international corporation formed in September 1998 to oversee a select set of Internet technical management functions currently managed by the U S Government or by its contractors and volunteers Specifically ICANN is assuming responsibility for coordinating the management of the domain name system DNS and other important features of the Internet MOUSE Honors Champions of Technology Education at Annual Fundraiser NEW YORK NY Andrew Rasiej Founder President of MOUSE Making Opportunities for Upgrading Schools Education a non profit organization providing volunteer manpower and technical support to New York City public schools announced today that 550 industry professionals will gather on October 26 at New York s famous Windows on the World to support and recognize exceptional leadership in bridging the digital divide in New York City public schools with the first annual Champions of Technology Education Awards Champion of Technology Education Awards recipients include Zoë Baird President Markle Foundation Charles Raymond President and COO Citigroup Foundation Mark Swanson President iXL Fernando Espuelas President StarMedia as well as an outstanding public high school teacher and student These champions prove everyday that a personal commitment to education does make a difference Without their involvement the effort to bring technology to those who have not been served could not effectively happen Andrew Rasiej Founder President MOUSE I am quite honored to receive this award especially from an organization that has itself done so much work with technology on behalf of children said Baird The Markle Foundation and MOUSE share the view that new communications media have enormous potential to help our children grow learn and prosper and we re both working to give children the communications tools that will truly benefit them Distinguished attendees such as Bill Thompson President of the New York City Board of Education Virginia Fields Manhattan Borough President etc and over thirty leading Internet companies have joined MOUSE in the launch of this prestigious fundraising event MOUSE since its launch in 1997 has provided 24 public high schools with an estimated 1 5 million worth of technical expertise and support On September 29 MOUSE and its partners the 168th Street Armory Track and Field Center and Community School District 6 were awarded a three year 1 1 million grant from the U S Department of Education to set up a community technology center in Washington Heights M I T Holds Conference on Media in Transition CAMBRIDGE MA This final event of the Markle funded Media in Transition Project at M I T aims to establish a broad gauged discussion of our emerging computer culture in the perspective of ancestor technologies and older media The conference includes some 75 presentations on many aspects of this subject a series of multi media demonstrations and films offered in parallel with the presentations and three plenary conversations in which distinguished panelists will speak briefly and then participate in extended dialogue with the audience Among the panelists Phil Agre Robert Darnton Henry Jenkins Elaine Kamarck Adam Powell Mitchel Resnick Paul Starr Bob Stein Maria Tata Thirteen WNET and the Markle Foundation Announce Learning Adventures in Citizenship an Internet Project Promoting Student Participation and Volunteerism in Communities Nationwide NEW YORK NY Ruth Ann Burns Vice President and Director of the Educational Resources Center at Thirteen WNET and Zoë Baird President of the Markle Foundation announced today the launch of Learning Adventures in Citizenship an interactive project designed to promote student participation and volunteerism in their communities Acting as an educational companion to Ric Burns six part series New York A Documentary Film Learning Adventures in Citizenship provides a national standards based Web curricula for middle school students and their teachers to teach them how they can take responsibility for solving problems in their communities Developed with and underwritten by the Markle Foundation Learning Adventures is part of the Foundation s 100 million investment over the next three to five years to help ensure that public needs are served by emerging communications media and information technologies Learning Adventures in Citizenship takes visitors through six consecutive time periods in New York City history This virtual experience in time travel is brought to life through interactive learning material such as QuickTime video GIF and Flash animation audio student activities lesson plans and a Citizenship Gallery forms that students can submit of their classroom and community projects across America With an official launch on Friday October 1st Learning Adventures in Citizenship can be found at two locations www wnet org newyork and www pbs org newyork New York A Documentary Film premiers on Sunday November 14th on PBS Specifically Learning Adventures in Citizenship includes the following components Learning Adventures which presents interactive environments that contain learning material and student activities For Teachers which contains lesson plans a primer on social science inquiry and discussion forum Citizenship Gallery which features student works illustrating individual or classroom community projects Citizenship Research Resources a guide to research and citizenship resources and Learning Adventure Contest a national citizenship contest for students and children at home In a sense visitors to the site will be given the proverbial key to the city of New York said Ruth Ann Burns Vice President and Director of Thirteen WNET s Educational Resources Center Hopefully they ll use that key to unlock the doors to their own communities to explore the past present and future of those communities and to discover the many opportunities for participation and volunteerism According to Zoë Baird President of the Markle Foundation Learning Adventures in Citizenship embodies some of the best things the Internet can offer children and parents Learning Adventures in Citizenship is an important and engaging way for children to use their own media to discover how they can contribute to their communities through the lessons of those who built our hometown New York City So many key elements of Learning Adventures from video clips and animation to audio and online contests make this an exciting and fun way to learn about not only New York but communities across America Learning Adventures in Citizenship is a multi disciplinary resource that can be used in the classroom or at home Most important it gets young people involved in their community Learning Adventures in Citizenship includes educational activities in social studies science technology language arts music and the fine arts and places them within the context of New York City s economic political technological and cultural evolution It is built around an interactive multimedia knowledge base that synthesizes and expands on the information included in New York A Documentary Film and makes it available to teachers and students in a creative assortment of lesson plans online activities classroom and team projects and individual assignments In addition teachers can take advantage of citizenship research resources that are organized by state and topic About Thirteen WNET wNetStation Thirteen WNET s Web site is a project of the New Media Group at Thirteen WNET s Kravis Multimedia Education Center Ruth Ann Burns is Vice President of the Educational Resources Center Barry Levine is Director of wNetStation and Online Programs at Thirteen WNET Anthony Chapman is the senior producer of Learning Adventures in Citizenship New York A Documentary Film a special presentation of The American Experience is a production of Steeplechase Films in association with WGBH Boston Thirteen WNET in New York and the New York Historical Society Major support for the series is provided by The Chase Manhattan Corporation the National Endowment for the Humanities The Ford Foundation The Corporation for Public Broadcasting Public Television Viewers and PBS and the Arthur Vining Davis Foundations Additional funding is provided by the J M Kaplan Fund the Susan and Elihu Rose Foundation Inc Rosalind P Walter Central Parking Corporation Glenwood Management Corporation Judith and Burton Resnick The Sheldon H Solow Foundation and Alan Wiener American Property Financing Inc Thirteen WNET in New York is one of the key program providers for public television bringing such acclaimed series as Nature Great Performances American Masters and Charlie Rose as well as the work of Bill Moyers to audiences nationwide As the flagship public broadcaster in the New York New Jersey and Connecticut metro area Thirteen WNET reaches millions of viewers each week airing the best of American public television along with its own local productions such as City Arts and Reel New York With educational and community outreach projects that enhance value of its productions Thirteen WNET takes television out of the box And as broadcast and digital media converge Thirteen WNET is blazing trails in the creation of Web sites CD ROMs educational software and other cutting edge media products Markle Announces 5 Year 100 Million Initiative Aimed At Using the Internet and Other New Media For Public Benefit NEW YORK NY The Markle Foundation will invest up to 100 million over the next three to five years to help ensure that public needs are served by emerging communications media and information technologies it was announced today by Zoë Baird Markle s President Emphasizing the potential of the Internet and other new media to improve people s lives Baird unveiled plans for a significant increase in Markle s spending as well as four new areas of focus for the Foundation and initial partnerships with several nonprofit academic and commercial entities New communications media are shaping the future of our politics our culture and our economic relationships The next few years represent a unique opportunity to develop these emerging tools for the public s benefit said Baird This is a critical time while the industry is still in flux to try to realize the potential of new media to meet public needs We intend to operate with a sense of urgency working in collaboration with other nonprofits academic institutions government and the industry itself The announcement is the result of a comprehensive review of the current communications landscape begun when Ms Baird became Markle s president in 1998 The examination has led the New York based Foundation to identify four key areas of public need in which it will concentrate Public Engagement through Interactive Technologies which will encourage the use of communications technology to help people actively pursue knowledge and participate in democratic society Policy for a Networked Society which will work to enhance the public voice in the consideration and resolution of domestic and international policies that are surfacing in this new communications environment Interactive Media for Children which aims to enhance the potential for children to benefit from using interactive technologies The program also aims to expand public expectations for what these technologies can do to enhance children s lives Healthcare which will work to improve the ability of patients and consumers and those who treat them to make use of information technology to improve their health and health care In addition the Foundation announced the creation of an Opportunity Fund to support public interest initiatives that fall outside these primary program areas and to ensure that intellectual and financial resources are available for unanticipated projects Zoë Baird and the terrific Markle Foundation team have an opportunity to have a significant impact on the role communications technologies will play in our lives said Lewis W Bernard the Chairman of the Board of Directors at the Foundation This is an important time in the evolution of the industry and we are therefore making a serious commitment to provide the resources necessary for the course the Foundation has charted A private nonprofit philanthropy the Markle Foundation is the largest grantmaking foundation concentrating exclusively on the field of communications media and information technology According to the announcement Markle will pursue its goals through a range of activities including analysis research public information and the development of innovative media products and services The Foundation will also create and operate many of its own projects using not only grants but also investments and strategic alliances with non profits and businesses Among the grants and investments announced today A 4 5 million investment in a project with Oxygen Media for research and experimentation in converging media Markle has made a program related investment of 3 5 million to create a partnership with Oxygen Media for the development of the Oxygen Markle Pulse which aims to enhance the influence of the audience over the creation of content The Oxygen Markle Pulse will track and measure women s attitudes needs and values to engage them as active partners in informing Oxygen s content online and on cable television This information will also be widely distributed to the public In addition Markle is creating a 1 million Experimental Fund for Converging Media with Oxygen for the creation of new programming tools and technologies that might not otherwise be developed on a strictly commercial basis A 200 000 grant for Web White Blue for the Markle Foundation and partners to broaden access to national and local election information during the 2000 elections Markle created the Internet based Web White Blue campaign in 1998 with Harvard s John F Kennedy School of Government America Online and numerous other commercial and noncommercial sites Markle and America Online and others will partner again to help citizens find election information through Web White Blue 2000 A 400 000 grant for Thirteen WNET to support New York Learning Adventures in Citizenship a curriculum based Internet project that will use the Web to teach children about their responsibility in the community and the ability to act on it The project is being created to tie in with filmmaker Ric Burns New York an upcoming five part documentary on PBS A 140 000 grant for the College of Communications University of Texas at Austin to create a research agenda addressing the potential for interactive technology to meet children s cognitive social emotional and physical needs A 76 500 grant for Oxford University to support the Programme on Comparative Media and Law The Programme studies policy and regulation strategies that nation states create in response to media globalization and the implications of these strategies for democracy and human rights A 157 000 grant for the Chinese Academy of Social Sciences to lay the groundwork for dialogue and development of Chinese media law including the publication in Chinese of Western legal scholarship on free speech and communications law and support for an international symposium on these issues in China A 50 000 grant for the International Rescue Committee to develop and implement Child Connect a software based program to reconnect refugee children with their parents and the Kosovar Family Finder which uses database technology to provide refugees with location information of displaced family and friends A 500 000 grant for Internews Network to develop and apply for a license for an interactive 24 hour live television channel on two major Direct Broadcast Satellite DBS systems It will be integrated with the Internet and dedicated to quality international affairs programming The opportunity to pursue such a channel is the result of a recent FCC ruling that DBS operators must make available four percent of their channel capacity to public interest programming Markle Foundation works to improve health and national security through the use of information and technology Markle collaborates with innovators and thought leaders from the public and private sectors whose expertise lies in the areas of information technology privacy civil liberties health and national security Learn more about Markle at www markle org Web White Blue Campaign Signals Shift In Use Of Web For Election Information WASHINGTON DC Web White Blue the campaign to promote easy access to election related information on the Internet has demonstrated the public s tremendous interest in using the Internet for election information and has in fact made that information easier to find according to a survey of those using the site Web White Blue also has resulted in substantial increases in traffic at several of the election related resources linked through the Web White Blue site Close to 400 000 users have already logged on to Web White Blue since it was launched October 7 The Web White Blue awareness campaign is sponsored by the Markle Foundation and Harvard University s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press Politics and Public Policy at the John F Kennedy School of Government and supported by hundreds of major industry and nonprofit Web sites These sites have joined together in an unprecedented effort to donate prime real estate for placement of the Web White Blue icon or banner ad to help Americans become better informed about politics In a voluntary survey answered by more than 500 visitors to the Web White Blue site the most striking preliminary findings are 84 percent of survey respondents said 1998 is the first year they have used the Internet to get election information 88 percent said that Web White Blue was extremely or quite easy to use 49 percent learned about Web White Blue by seeing the icon or the banner ads displayed on leading Internet sites 61 percent say they expect to use the Internet as their primary media source for election information in 2000 Web White Blue makes democracy easier said Markle Foundation President Zoe Baird These findings indicate that the American public wants political information that is easy to use and that the Internet can provide it Efforts like Web White Blue can transform citizen involvement in politics There are now more than 1 200 sites displaying the Web White Blue icon up from 350 when the site was launched three weeks ago The icon links directly to the Web White Blue site which in turn links to 45 Web sites that offer a range of election related resources DemocracyNet one of the resource sites whose access and visibility was significantly heightened through its link from Web White Blue registered a 1 200 percent increase in page views from October 1 to October 7 and continues to have a regular viewership that is 600 percent higher than it was prior to the launch of Web White Blue Minnesota E Democracy reported a 300 percent increase during the same time period and has maintained double the viewership that it had prior to the Web White Blue launch Web White Blue is fulfilling its promise to be a portal for democracy said Steve Case chairman and CEO of America Online which is hosting the site This unprecedented online initiative will have a major impact on shaping the way the public gets political information in 2000 Other compelling findings from the Web White Blue user survey include 80 percent of those who said television was their primary news source were especially impressed with the comprehensiveness of the Web White Blue site Almost 90 percent of those users age 46 and over said they were getting election information from the Internet for the first time 81 percent of the Web White Blue users said they would recommend the site to a friend Web White Blue has clearly met a need among Internet users who wanted to know more about the upcoming election said Shorenstein Center Director Marvin Kalb We look forward to using what we ve learned about educating voters online in 1998 to make the Internet an even more effective and interactive information tool in the presidential election in 2000 Web White Blue links to election related resources in the following categories Voter Information polling locations and youth resources Your State government and non profit election oriented Web sites by state Issues comprehensive issue directories candidate positions and public opinion poll results Campaigns candidate directories and more Election News national regional and state news sites Participate discussion about politics and election issues On election night November 3 Web White Blue will offer Internet users a comprehensive directory of links to live election results compiled by state governments and national media organizations The John and Mary R Markle Foundation is a private not for profit grantmaking foundation that was incorporated in 1927 in the state of New York by John Markle and his wife Mary R Markle The Foundation has assets of 180 million and makes charitable contributions of approximately 9 million per year in the development and use of technologies of communication and information to enhance lifelong learning and promote an informed citizenry The Media and Political Participation program aims to study the democratic process and develop new practices for how media and technology can improve citizen participation in national politics Currently the Markle Foundation supports applied research on political campaigns and creates innovative experiments that use new media technologies to enhance political dialogue deliberation and participation among citizens The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard research center dedicated to exploring the intersection of press politics and public policy in theory and practice The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars and increasingly between them and the public Through teaching and research at the Kennedy School of Government and through its program of fellows and conferences the Center is at the forefront of discussions in this area Established in 1986 with a generous gift from the Shorenstein Family the Center has emerged as a major source for research on U S campaigns and elections journalism and public policy international news and race gender and the press It is a widely respected convener of journalists scholars and political activists working to help the press improve its role in democracy Internet Community Joins Together for Web White Blue Day October 7th WASHINGTON DC The Markle Foundation and Harvard University s Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press Politics and Public Policy at the John F Kennedy School of Government today joined with industry leaders representing hundreds of Web sites to unveil Web White Blue Day on October 7 an awareness campaign promoting easy access to election related information The campaign seeks to harness the power of the Internet to strengthen democracy by giving Internet users a more informed and authoritative voice in the 1998 elections which are just four weeks away Commercial sites are leveraging their massive audience appeal to encourage participation among the broadest possible range of Internet users More than 350 commercial and nonprofit Web sites including ABC News Microsoft the Democracy Network Infoseek the League of Women Voters Compaq Hispanic Online iVillage and Yahoo have joined together for the first time at a national level to get Americans informed about politics by displaying an icon on their homepage that links Internet users directly to the Web White Blue Day site The campaign s Web site at www webwhiteblue org will be live October 7 and remain active through the election November 3 Web hosting services for the campaign are being provided by America Online The Internet recently passed a milestone in cementing its role in American politics Last month some 20 million people used the Net to gain access to the Starr Report within 24 hours after the report was released Participation in our democracy just became easier Markle Foundation President Zoe Baird said Web White Blue Day will insure that the vast array of political information on the Web is as accessible and user friendly as possible As 1998 unfolds the public clearly feels that the Web is an important part of the political process This unique partnership will further that trend Based on historical traffic records for Web usage it is estimated that more than 25 30 million Web users will see the Web White Blue Day icon throughout the campaign Almost 35 percent of the U S adult population now uses the Internet and Americans have adopted this medium faster than they adopted television radio and the telephone While citizen involvement in politics is at an all time low less than half of the voting age population in the U S voted in the 1996 election according to the Federal Election Commission 60 percent of connected Americans vote according to a 1997 study by Wired magazine The Internet can fundamentally change our political process by empowering people to educate themselves America Online Chairman and CEO Steve Case said Web White Blue Day illustrates this tremendous power how the Internet can provide a depth and breadth of information in one place that s simply impossible to duplicate in the traditional media The Web White Blue Day site offers election related resources in the following categories Voter Information polling locations and youth resources Your State government and non profit election oriented Web sites by state Issues comprehensive issue directories candidate positions and public opinion poll results Campaigns candidate directories and more Election News national regional and state news sites Participate discussion about politics and election issues All together Web White Blue Day links to 45 Web sites that offer a range of political information from ELECnet which links to state county and city sites in all 50 states to the Center for Responsive Politics which offers in depth campaign finance information to Project Vote Smart which tracks information on more than 13 000 candidates and elected officials to the Newspaper Association of America s Newspaperlinks com which is creating a new directory of local election coverage by its 850 members The more than 350 web sites carrying the Web White Blue Day icon represent organizations ranging from major Internet search engines and services to media organizations online directories and general interest sites that focus on sports types of Web sites not usually associated with politics The value of the commitment by commercial sites to putting the Web White Blue Day icon on their homepage cannot be overstated said Baird It means that millions more Internet users will visit the site and we hope they will be motivated by what they see to actively participate in the political process Web White Blue Day has also attracted wide online involvement by families local governments small businesses libraries and local citizens groups What we learn from Web White Blue Day about educating voters on line in 1998 will help us make the Internet more effective for voters in the presidential election in 2000 said Marvin Kalb director of Harvard s Shorenstein Center on the Press Politics and Public Policy The John and Mary R Markle Foundation is a private not for profit grantmaking foundation that was incorporated in 1927 in the state of New York by John Markle and his wife Mary R Markle The Foundation has assets of 180 million and makes charitable contributions of approximately 9 million per year in the development and use of technologies of communication and information to enhance lifelong learning and promote an informed citizenry The Media and Political Participation program aims to study the democratic process and develop new practices for how media and technology can improve citizen participation in national politics Currently the Markle Foundation supports applied research on political campaigns and creates innovative experiments that use new media technologies to enhance political dialogue deliberation and participation among citizens The Joan Shorenstein Center on the Press Politics and Public Policy is a Harvard research center dedicated to exploring the intersection of press politics and public policy in theory and practice The Center strives to bridge the gap between journalists and scholars and increasingly between them and the public Through teaching and research at the Kennedy School of Government and through its program of fellows and conferences the Center is at the forefront of discussions in this area Established in 1986 with a generous gift from the Shorenstein Family the Center has emerged as a major source for research on U S campaigns and elections journalism and public policy international news and race gender and the press It is a widely respected convener of journalists scholars and political activists working to help the press improve its role in democracy DNet Goes National www dnet org Covers All 50 States NEW YORK NY At 6 00 AM PDT a new era in American Politics began At long last the promise of the Internet to provide voters on demand access to high quality information about government and politics has been fulfilled Democracy Network s national launch marks the birth of a new political paradigm one where voters can get their information directly from the candidates in the format they want when they want it says Tracy Westen President of the Democracy Network DNet makes the promise of the Internet a reality by bringing a nation full of election and government information into a single easy to navigate site Before DNet voters only direct communication with candidates was in the form of paid television advertisements or mailers DNet was designed to make it easy for voters to communicate directly with candidates says Area Madaras Director of the Democracy Network DNet s format encourages candidates to offer detailed and informative statements about their positions rather than negative statements about an opponent And it makes it easy for voters to find and review this information DNet takes the work out of becoming an informed voter DNet s signature feature is the candidate grid a single page that provides voters access to every candidate s statement on the issues in a campaign Voters can also search for one issue across multiple elections A new feature the Issue of the Day allows voters to review issue debates in other states Where grids are unavailable DNet provides links to reliable sources of information Tom Grubisich Managing Editor Digital City America Online was attracted to DNet because of the wealth of information it provides coupled with its ease of use DNet is a crucial component of our mission to provide online coverage that will not only keep people informed about political races and ballot questions in their states and congressional districts but give them opportunities to help shape the agenda of issues Dr Carolyn Jefferson Jenkins President of the League of Women Voters explains why the League of Women Voters Education Fund has joined with Dnet to create sites in seven states Voters have told us they need in depth nonpartisan information on voting procedures election materials and candidates and we are providing that with the latest in online technology By providing this information online the League is guaranteeing that all citizens can quickly access complete information to make informed decisions whether they work third shift or long days in the law firm DNet has won numerous awards for its pioneering role in the area of online public affairs information It is expanding its award winning coverage across the United States with the help of its partners the League of Women Voters and the Earth Pledge Foundation Becky Cain Former League of Women Voters President stated The Democracy Network project offers a wonderful opportunity to use new technology to enhance the democratic process We were so impressed that the Board selected the project for a Leadership Award in recognition of the innovative use of interactive media Carnegie Mellon University Exploration of Social Implications of Internet Use for Families PITTSBURGH PA There are many issues related to use of the Internet from loneliness and depression caused by too much online time to what can be done to make the Internet a more social place These questions and answers deal with these issues in greater depth The comments are based on recent findings gathered from HomeNet the first study to look specifically at the impact that the Internet has

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  • Getting Health IT Right Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos About Markle Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Getting Health IT Right Under the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act Publication Date Thursday April 30 2009 Meeting Agenda Introduction 9 00 am Zoë Baird Markle Foundation Roadmap 9 15 am Carol Diamond Markle Foundation Implementing ARRA 9 20 am David Blumenthal Office of the National Coordinator for Health IT HHS Laying the Foundation for Health Reform 9 35 am Mark McClellan Brookings Institution Panel Discussion Getting Health IT Right Under ARRA 9 50 am Moderator Carol Diamond Markle Foundation Panelists Steven Findlay Consumers Union David Lansky Pacific Business Group on Health Farzad Mostashari

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  • The Need for a Coordinated FTC Policy for Consumer Protection and Privacy | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos The Need for a Coordinated FTC Policy for Consumer Protection and Privacy Collaborative Comments to the Federal Trade Commission Publication Date Friday February 18 2011 Dear Chairman Leibowitz With an increasingly networked environment in which consumers interact with applications and services that collect personal information around the clock it is imperative to have strong policies and practices in place that will earn consumer trust We support the Federal Trade Commission s FTC call for industry to adhere to a comprehensive framework for consumer privacy and data protection that is based on Fair Information Practices FIPs Markle Connecting for Health a public private collaborative of more than 100 organizations across the spectrum of health care and information technology IT appreciates the opportunity to comment on the FTC s preliminary staff report Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers 1 This letter is nearly identical to comments we are submitting to the US Department of Commerce regarding that agency s recently released green paper Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy A Dynamic Policy Framework 2 Our comments build on a decade of collaborative work including the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information which details specific policies and practices for organizations that collect share and store health information on behalf of consumers 3 This Markle Common Framework endorsed by fifty seven organizations 4 representing consumers patients technology companies providers insurers clearinghouses and privacy experts was developed specifically by applying a set of principles based on FIPs to the emerging environment of new personal health information applications and services largely unregulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPAA and translating them into specific policies and practices that can be used to establish a consistent framework for trust Although both the FTC staff report and the Department of Commerce green paper pertain to commercial uses of consumer information generally our comments focus primarily on personal health information which is being collected analyzed and shared in a widely increasing variety of contexts Our comments fall into three primary areas First we commend both the FTC and the Department of Commerce for their emphasis on a full complement of FIPs Second we urge coordination of federal policies rules regulations and jurisdictions specifically in the area of personal health information Third we point to a need if we are to fulfill consumer expectations for an even more forward looking and consistent cross sectoral approach to privacy and security protections As the use of the Internet continues to evolve to create new information and service intermediaries consumers will inevitably expect protections to be in place

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  • The Need for a Coordinated Department of Commerce Policy on Consumer Protection and Privacy | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos The Need for a Coordinated Department of Commerce Policy on Consumer Protection and Privacy Collaborative Comments to the US Department of Commerce Publication Date Friday February 18 2011 Dear Secretary Locke With an increasingly networked environment in which consumers interact with applications and services that collect personal information around the clock it is imperative to have strong policies and practices in place that will earn consumer trust We support the US Department of Commerce s call for industry to adhere to a comprehensive framework for consumer privacy and data protection that is based on Fair Information Practices FIPs Markle Connecting for Health a public private collaborative of more than 100 organizations across the spectrum of health care and information technology IT appreciates the opportunity to comment on the US Department of Commerce green paper Commercial Data Privacy and Innovation in the Internet Economy A Dynamic Policy Framework 1 This letter is nearly identical to comments we are submitting to the Federal Trade Commission FTC regarding that agency s recently released staff recommendations in Protecting Consumer Privacy in an Era of Rapid Change A Proposed Framework for Businesses and Policymakers 2 Our comments build on a decade of collaborative work including the Markle Connecting for Health Common Framework for Networked Personal Health Information which details specific policies and practices for organizations that collect share and store health information on behalf of consumers 3 This Markle Common Framework endorsed by fifty seven organization 4 representing consumers patients technology companies providers insurers clearinghouses and privacy experts was developed specifically by applying a set of principles based on FIPs to the emerging environment of new personal health information applications and services largely unregulated by the Health Insurance Portability and Accountability Act HIPAA and translating them into specific policies and practices that can be used to establish a consistent framework for trust Although both the FTC staff report and the Department of Commerce green paper pertain to commercial uses of consumer information generally our comments focus primarily on personal health information which is being collected analyzed and shared in a widely increasing variety of contexts Our comments fall into three primary areas First we commend both the Department of Commerce and the FTC for their emphasis on a full complement of FIPs Second we urge coordination of federal policies rules regulations and jurisdictions specifically in the area of personal health information Third we point to a need if we are to fulfill consumer expectations for an even more forward looking and consistent cross sectoral approach to privacy and security protections As the use of the Internet continues to evolve to create new information and service intermediaries consumers will inevitably expect protections to be

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  • Many Physicians Are Willing to Use Patients’ Electronic Personal Health Records, but Doctors Differ by Location, Gender, and Practice | Markle | Advancing America's Future
    Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos About Markle Page Sections About Markle A Message from Zoë Baird Our Principles Our Impact Board of Directors Senior Team Our History Quick Links Conference Space Events Markle in the News Media Releases Past Initiatives President s Letters Rework America Page Sections About Rework America A Message from Rework America Opportunity for All Our Impact Initiative Members Expert Advisors Quick Links Rework America Connected Our Book America s Moment Initiative Overview Latest News Letters to Members Member Commentary Personal Stories Rework America Library Health Page Sections About Health Our Impact Steering Group Consumer Work Group HIE Committee Quick Links Blue Button Common Framework Health IT Health Library National Security Page Sections About National Security Post 9 11 Legacy Our Impact Task Force Quick Links National Security Library Reports and Recommendations Sharing and Collaboration The Lawfare Blog Library Quick Links Our Book America s Moment Archive Media Releases Member Commentary President s Letters Videos Many Physicians Are Willing to Use Patients Electronic Personal Health Records but Doctors Differ by Location Gender and Practice Publication Date Tuesday February 1 2011 Publication Source Health Affairs Electronic personal health records could become important tools for patients to use in managing and monitoring their health information and communicating with clinicians With the emergence of new products and federal incentives that might indirectly encourage greater use of personal health records policy makers should understand the views of physicians on using these records In a national survey of physicians in 2008 09 we found that although 64 percent have never used a patient s electronic personal health record 42 percent would be willing to try Strikingly rural physicians expressed much more willingness to use such records

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