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New Center for Digital Culture Explores How Technology is Changing the Way We Live, Work, Play, Learn, Move Around and Govern

DENVER, April 25 /PRNewswire/ -- The Center for Digital Culture today launched <>, a new, independent and interactive Web-based research resource.  The Center for Digital Culture conducts research into the social, political and economic impacts of emerging broadband and telecommunications technologies.  It is an initiative of Denver-based U S WEST, Inc., a leading broadband and communications service provider.

"The Center is a new model for corporate-sponsored social and cultural research," said Sam Smith, the Center's executive director.  "Corporations spend billions of dollars a year on technical research and development. This Center will examine the deeper societal and cultural impacts of these technological innovations."

The Center publishes timely special reports, news briefs, guest columns and a message board.  It is a resource for scholars and analysts, the media, consumers, regulators, legislators and business leaders.

The Center's initial special reports address:

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*  New advances in telemedicine (including telemedicine policy and regulatory issues);

*  Rapidly evolving e-commerce landscape; Upcoming reports include:

*  Impact of the Internet on this year's elections;    

*  Benefits and challenges of telework;

*  How technology is changing consumer psychology and the growing problem of America's "digital divide."

"We're going to tackle tough questions and try to answer them as honestly as we can," said Smith.  "Our commitment is to keep the focus on substance, not spin."

The new Center has six objectives:

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*  To bring clarity to the public discussion of technological developments;

*  To promote a progressive and culture-centric agenda about the impact of innovation, and to champion policies that enable human potential;

*  To bridge the gap between rhetoric and reality on claims about technological advances and provide a clearinghouse of information and viewpoints on technology issues;

*  To help ensure that all people and communities have equal opportunity to participate in the new digital economy and culture;

*  To build bridges among the academic, professional, policy and regulatory communities;

*  To help usher in a new age of cooperative research and the free exchange of ideas.

Through its 10-member National Advisory Council, the Center benefits from strong ties in academia, business and the public sector.  "The Center's role is not just to be a cheerleader for technology," said Philip M. Burgess, vice president for communications, U S WEST and chair of the Advisory Council. "This is a unique way for our company to contribute to meaningful and independent research into how technology is changing our lives -- and to help ensure that everyone benefits from it."

The Center for Digital Culture welcomes inquiries from researchers and authors interested in publishing on the Center's Web site.  For more information, contact Sam Smith, the Center's executive director, at 303-965-2689, or Bob Wurmstedt, the Center's communications director, at 303-965-0561,  To download a print version of the Center's logo, please go to <> and click on the format you prefer.

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