Community Information Utilities: Conference Summary.

by B. B. Parker, Barry W. Boehm, Harold Sackman

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A review of some issues involved in planning a Prototype Community Information Utility (PCIU). Conference discussion centered on (1) what services should be offered on a PCIU, (2) how to develop the technology to provide those services at a reasonable cost, and (3) what type of organizational structure and financing will be appropriate for the services and technical system proposed. Agreements included: (1) The CIU is a true public utility but should be tested in a community prototype. (2) All persons have a basic right to know and are entitled to access to public information. (3) A free terminal should be optional to all persons. (4) The CIU should serve all levels of society, and should not be narrowly restricted to geographical communities. Disagreements arose over: (1) Who owns the CIU? (2) Should terminals be standardized? (3) Who should manage public information files? (Published in H. Sackman and B. Boehm (eds.), [Planning Community Information] [Utilities], AFIPS Press, 1972.) (See also P-4781, P-4895, P-4897, P-4898, P-4899, P-4900.) 24 pp. Ref.

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