|Our fundamental tenent is collaboration: As a non-profit organization, we are working towards cooperative, strategic partnerships among members: to be a table for many diverse organizations in partnership towards planning and implementing information infrastructure development in the region, and to be a catalyst for change by bringing together a diversity of individuals representing public and private organizations on a regular basis. We feel that one of the best ways to strengthen the Chicago region economically and educationally is to bring the multifaceted communities together in civic networking efforts. Since forming in the third quarter of 1993, we have regularly met as a general body to both educate our membership about issues pertaining to the NII and to plan public events. On Freedom of Information Day (3/16/94), we held a public forum on the NII at the Harold Washington Library, attended by over 350 people. This meeting, which also included a live demonstration of “Surfing the Net”, illustrated both the broad appeal, and concern voiced by the public, about the ways new technologies will impact our society. Our Goals: Assure democratic freedoms such as freedom to communicate, protection of privacy, civic participation, including access to information about our government and public institutions. Help our public institutions develop affordable access points to ensure full public access. Pursue institutions for sponsorship of civic networks and community computer centers. These access points must be convenient to all local residents, including persons with disabilities and persons with non-traditional schedules. Support efforts that seek to create collaborative mechanisms within Community Based Organizations that will afford cooperative learning sites. Facilitate local organizing efforts and encourage full participation of new and existing community groups and other expressions of popular interest, need and support. Develop and encourage legislative initiatives that advance our aims and provide material support for these goals.