With the help of consultant support, they are looking to determine the role San Francisco government should play in making affordable internet available to all, and determining what else is important to assuring everyone who wants to is connected. Margaux Kelly from Supervisor Farrell’s Office (pictured left) provided an update and copies of the survey at the March Tech Council meeting and solicited our help in distributing and getting completed. Please see below for 1) links to the online surveys in all four languages and 2) downloadable paper surveys in all four languages.
Fill out the Survey On-line at the following links: English; Spanish; Filipino and Chinese
Or download and print a paper version to copy and share:
English Paper Survey
Spanish Paper Survey
Filipino Paper Survey
Chinese Paper Survey
Completed surveys can dropped off at or mailed to the CLC office, 1360 Mission Street, Suite 400, SF 94103 or delivered to Supervisor Farrell’s Office at City Hall, 1 Dr. Carlton B. Goodlett Place, Room 268, San Francisco, CA 94102. They hope to have most surveys completed by April 18th.
Please complete survey yourself today and help others to do so as soon as possible so that we and the people we work with are heard in this process.
Learn more about San Franciscans for Municipal Fiber on their website.
Featured speaker Valerie Coleman, lead staff on the Aging and Disability Friendly San Francisco initiative through the Department of Aging and Adult Services, sought the Tech Council’s input on the Information, Communication and Technology domain for the Action Plan that will be submitted the World Health Organization. Meeting attendees rolled up their sleeves for some rousing small group work, providing Valerie – in her words – with some “pretty fantastic results!” The Aging and Disability Friendly Task Force meets the 2nd Wednesday of each month in room 201 at City Hall. Meetings are open to the public. Her presentation is available here.
Margaux Kelly, Legislative Aide to Supervisor Mark Farrell, updated the Tech Council on Supervisor Farrell and former Supervisor Eric Mar’s San Franciscans for Municipal Fiber. The goal of the initiative is to ensure that all San Francisco businesses and residences have internet access at their home or business sites. The Supervisors are convening focus groups in March as well as an academic panel to look at critical infrastructure, business model and finance issues. Susan Poor is representing the SF Tech Council on one of these focus groups.
Kate Eppler, Director of The Bridge at Main, SF Public Library, showcased technology success stories on the Tech Story Project These moving and uplifting stories are critical to making the case for digital inclusion! To submit a story from your organization, contact Kate at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Wenwen Shi, Digital Inclusion Officer at the Library, provided an update on Digital Inclusion Week, being held May 8-13 at the main library, branch libraries and other settings. Digital Inclusion Week’s goal is to promote online access and technology skill-building to reduce digital disparities in San Francisco. All activities are FREE, with lots of activities for older adults and people with disabilities, including movie screenings, hands-on classes, panel discussions, a tech expo, a week-long Learning for Action game and raffle and digital device give-aways. Be sure to check out the schedule and encourage people you know to attend!
Tech Council Co-Chair Anne Hinton, Livable Communities Advisor with AARP California, led a provocative and i
nspiring discussion about the Council’s potential to help advance the impact of community organizations dealing with infrastructure, funding and technology challenges. This discussion emerged from the Tech Council’s “field trips” to Curry Senior Center in the Tenderloin and the George Davis Center in the Bayview. Tech Council members will continue the discussion at the April 19th
Colt Stander, Founder and CEO of Coach & Helper, and Andy and Luby Aczel, Founders and Directors of The Specialists Guild, were elected to the Tech Council. They have been active Tech Council supporters and we welcome them as new members.
Wine & Cheese Reception: 6:00-7:00 p.m.
Independent Living Resource Center, 825 Howard Street
If you are interested in attending, contact Tech Council Consultant Susan Poor at email@example.com
San Franciscans for Municipal Fiber (SFMF) is a new initiative spearheaded by Supervisor Mark Farrell and former Supervisor Eric Mar to accelerate fast and affordable internet access to all San Francisco residents and businesses. On February 15th, a cross-section of senior and youth serving organizations, non-profit housing providers, and long time technology advocates met at City Hall, including several SF Tech Council members. In addition to launching this effort, the meeting focus was on soliciting input via a formal survey and other means to best understand the needs of those served by the participating organizations.
More than 100,000 San Francisco residents do not have internet access at home and 50,000 people still have dial-up access. “It’s crazy that we’ve been looking at this for 10 years,” said Supervisor Farrell. The result is that low-income families, children, seniors, people with disabilities, and minority communities are being left behind as the rest of San Francisco races forward. With changes proposed to FCC regulations that could threaten net neutrality and policies in 15 states that prohibit communities from developing their own internet networks, it is urgent that San Francisco act now to ensure a connected future for the City.
Anne Hinton, Co-Chair of the San Francisco Technology Council, a Livable Communities Adviser with AARP, and former Executive Director of the San Francisco Department of Aging and Adult Services, was enthusiastic about the potential of the SFMF initiative and highlighted the connectivity needs of older adults and people with disabilities. “Because these groups have traditionally been left out, there’s a whole group of folks who don’t even know what the benefit could be for them. What we’re thinking about are the connections that can be made for people — senior centers without walls or Skyping with your grandkids. It’s all of that social activity that helps you stay vibrant,” Hinton said. Read more on the SF Chronicle Opinion piece.
The Supervisors asked community-based organizations to survey their clients over the next 1-2 months to collect information about internet use, need, and roadblocks. When the survey results are compiled, the Supervisors will hold additional community meetings to discuss the findings. Survey forms may be requested from Supervisor Farrell’s office (Mark.Farrell@sfgov.org) and will be available online.
The SF Tech Council’s February 15th meeting was a lively and varied event!
In his The Age Wave Meets The Technology Wave presentation, Richard Adler, Distinguished Fellow with the Institute for the Future, covered the evolution of technology devices in an informative, entertaining, and provocative presentation .
Meeting participants learned about the Fung Fellowship for Wellness and Technology at UC Berkeley, a two-year program that brings together a diverse group of undergraduate students to address public health challenges through digital technology innovations. Target populations are seniors, veterans, and kids. Organizations interested in working with the Fung Fellowship can contact Director Joni Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org. Individuals interested in serving as volunteer coaches for the teams this spring should contact Jaspal Sandhu, PhD, Lead Faculty, email@example.com.
In an update on the Tech Allies Program, Executive Directors Kami Griffiths of the Community Technology Network (CTN) and Cathy Michale of Little Brothers-Friends of the Elderly (LBFE) described how LBFE volunteers will be trained by CTN to help isolated seniors get broadband connections and explore the wonders of internet connectivity.
The Netherlands-based Trimbos Institute demonstrated an exciting virtual reality dementia tool that helps caregivers experience the world from the perspective of a person with early dementia.
Updates for the SF Public Library’s Digital Inclusion Week, May 8-12, 2017, were presented by Wenwen Shi, Digital Inclusion Fellow at the Library.
The next SF Tech Council meeting is Wednesday, March 15, 2017, at Microsoft, 555 California St. If you are interested in attending, contact Tech Council Consultant Susan Poor at firstname.lastname@example.org. Building security requires a list of attendees be provided in advance.
Guests at the January SF Tech Council meeting kept us focused on future advances. Stephen Johnston, Founder of Aging 2.0 shared the vision of his organization and their current efforts to support collaboration and advances in efforts to use technology to address quality of life issues. Read the Aging 2.0 Powerpoint for the highlights of Stephen’s presentation.
Supervisor Mark Farrell came to address efforts to make San Francisco a “Gigabyte City” by advancing efforts to bring high-speed internet access to all City residents.
Supervisor Farrell has taken the lead on these issue at the Board of Supervisors and is currently working to convene a community body, co-chaired by former Supervisor Eric Mar, to explore and to advance recommendations. The SF Tech Council has been invited to participant and will share information here as the goals of this new body become clear.