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CACP addresses a wide range of advanced communications policy issues and related technology applications, particularly in the wireless and new technology arenas. These activities result in timely papers, reports, and articles, as well as advisories and published research filings before regulatory authorities.

CACP Researchers and Collaborators Published in Special Issue Journal

“Where the Cathedrals & Bazaars Are: An Index of Open Source Software Activity and Potential,” written by Paul M.A. Baker, Douglas S. Noonan, Art Seavey and Nathan W. Moon was published in a special issue on The Politics of Open Source in the Journal of Information Technology & Politics, Volume 8, Issue 3, 2011. The article presents a framework to measure activity and potential for open source software development, the results of which provide a first step toward more systematically understanding the current state of open source software internationally. More information can be found at http://www.tandfonline.com/doi/abs/10.1080/19331681.2011.566017

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"Workplace Accommodations for People with Disabilities"

New CACP Working Paper (#02-2010): Nathan W. Moon and Paul M.A. Baker (2010), "Workplace Accommodations for People with Disabilities: Results of a Policy Delphi Study," a working paper of the WorkRERC and CACP looking at policy aspects of developing workplace accommodations.

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Bricout, J.C., Baker, P.M.A. Hazlett, R. and Moon, N.W. (2009)

Bricout, J.C., Baker, P.M.A. Hazlett, R. and Moon, N.W. (2009). “Analysis of Responses to the ICDR’s 2009 Call for Recommendations on Emerging Disability Research Topics: The Central Role of Collaboration in Advancing a New Policy Agenda.” Research Brief: Wireless RERC, Workplace accommodations RERC and University of Central Florida.

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Paul M.A. Baker, Douglas S. Noonan, Art Seavey and Nathan W. Moon 2009

Paul M.A. Baker, Douglas S. Noonan, Art Seavey and Nathan W. Moon. 2009. State-Level Variations in Open Source Policies School of Public Policy (Georgia Institute of Technology) Working Paper #49.

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"Collaborative Policy Networks"

"Collaborative Policy Networks," A newly issued working paper by CACP, in collaboration with the Wireless and Workplace Accommodations RERCs, addresses key factors and practices that can be used to develop a set of virtual interactive tools which support a community of practice focusing on disability and technology policy. It probes online contexts that can leverage the research, academic, and advocacy nodes of the disability community into effectual policy-making. It also provides a brief review of three distinct bodies of literature: policy networks, online social networking, and communities of practice.

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Workplace Accommodations Policy Highlights

Workplace Accommodations Policy Highlights is a bi-monthly newsletter produced for the purpose of identifying policy, regulatory framework and market factors that can be useful in reducing barriers to integrating people with disabilities into the workforce. These bi-monthly highlights support the Workplace RERC’s other research efforts and provide people with disabilities and industry with a centralized source of information supportive of the principles of the ADA and other regulations whose intent is to promote fairness and equity for people with disabilities.

Current Newsletter

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Report of the Subcommittee on New Technology

The focus of this report is on potential investments in new telecommunications technologies by the City of Atlanta, Georgia. In March 2004, the Atlanta City Council passed a resolution creating a Telecommunications Policy Advisory Committee (TelePAC) with the purpose of “reviewing City policy so as to advise the Mayor and City Council on maximizing the use of telecommunication technology and programs so as to benefit the public’s health, safety, and welfare.” Part of TelePAC’s mission is to advise City policy “regarding the deployment of new technologies within the city that would maximize the availability of telecommunications services.” This report broadly examines potential investments in new technologies that the City of Atlanta could make, compares alternative policy options, and makes recommendations for changes in the City’s telecommunications policies.

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The Virtual Workspace: Telework, Disabilities and Public Policy

Although policymakers are beginning to recognize that the use of ICTs can be used to help create reasonable workplace accommodation for people with disabilities, focused, comprehensive programs targeted at advancing these applications of ICT have yet to be developed. This paper provides an overview and a philosophical comparison of both the U.S. and European policies on telework for people with disabilities.

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Virtual Exclusion and Telework: The Double-edged Sword of Technocentric Workplace Accommodation Policy

Workplaces are complex social communities, in which social capital plays no small part (Burt 1995, Wellman, et. al, 1996). The productive and efficacious achievement of tasks (that is "doing work") frequently requires the flow of information and interactive engagement with coworkers. Given the current level of technology this could be somewhat problematic in a virtual work (teleworking) environment. From a policy standpoint, this leads to the question of "how can we design policy to facilitate the integration of people with disabilities into the workplace in such a way as to optimize their interactions with other workers?"

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Getting Out the Vote: Assessing Technological, Social and Process Barriers to (e)Voting for People with Disabilities

This paper presents some of the preliminary findings of a pilot survey of voter satisfaction with the voting process, using manual and electronic voting and including voters with and without disabilities, to help assess and identify potential issues, barriers and opportunities that may impede the voting process for people with disabilities.

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Open Source Index (OSI) study conducted by Paul M.A. Baker

Red Hat Inc. has released the Open Source Index (OSI) study conducted by Paul M.A. Baker, CACP, Professor Doug Noonan, School of Public Policy, and Nathan W. Moon, CACP researcher in the School of History Technology and Society. The index compares and contrasts open source activity and environments across 75 countries. The global growth of open source continues to increase across the private sector, government and individuals. The study measures open source using two separate indices: one for activity and another for environment.

An interactive map highlighting country rankings is available here

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Red Hat Press Release

An interactive map highlighting country rankings is available here

Red Hat Press Release [PDF]

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