RAC Summary of Policies
1. Eligible projects
a. Are of local Davis, Yolo County regional and beneficial character
b. Fit DCN goals and objectives
c. Intend to maintain the same intent and character as when first approved
d. Involve updating and other activity during each year of hosting
e. Are not-for-profit (do not need to be incorporated as 501(c) )
f. Do not endorse/advocate for a candidate for political office nor any local or national ballot issue.)
2. Limited eligibility for political content
a. DCN, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, may provide resources for:
i. groups that provide our local area citizens with background education about local or national issues without endorsing a specific candidate for election or a specific ballot issue.
b. DCN, as a 501(c)3 nonprofit, may not provide resources for:
i. candidate election advocacy either directly or via their support groups.
ii. groups advocating support for a specific issue on a local or national ballot.
c. Not withstanding the above DCN will provide the DCN Calendar freely to all nonprofit groups.
d. Political groups requiring a Mailman List can apply for a List at $5 per month at http://www.dcn.org/dcn/access/services/network.html#lists
3. DCN's Role
a DCN is a host not an owner of subscriber/user content.
b DCN does not edit or censor any community content hosted on its Web site. However, ongoing projects with Web sites are reviewed periodically to make sure that they have the same basic character as when approved and that the site is actually in use. If, when a project comes up for review, some relevant change in intent or character is perceived by the RAC, the content owner will be asked to defend the changes only if they are inconsistent with these policies.
4. Acceptable Use: netiquette
a The open access provided by DCN's nonprofit resources is a privilege, and requires that individual users act responsibly.
b Users must respect the rights of other users, respect the integrity of the systems and related physical resources, and observe all relevant laws, regulations, and contractual obligations.
c Federal, state, and municipal laws apply, including not only those laws and regulations that are specific to computers and networks, but also those that may apply generally to personal conduct.
d Users are responsible for the content of their Websites and Mailing List messages.
e Most tenets of "Acceptable Use" can be thought of as common courtesy and common sense, known colloquially as "netiquette."
5. DCN purposes and goals that relate to DCN nonprofit sponsored projects
Purposes and Scope:
The Davis Community Network, a non-profit regional organization established in 1994, creates public- benefit partnerships with government, education, business and the community in order to:
1. Ensure that people in the region benefit from opportunities the information age brings.
2. Promote access to electronic information and communication resources for all, protecting individual privacy and supporting free expression.
3. Develop and maintain public information resources that build a sense of community and reinforce democratic ideals.
1. Shared knowledge is a foundation of democratic society.
2. Information technology can enhance civic discourse and thus support democratic values and practice.
3. Universal and affordable access to information resources and tools is essential to meaningful, equal, public participation.
1. Increase and improve the ability of individuals and organizations to access, utilize and contribute to information necessary for effective participation in community and civic life.
2. Ensure the on-line availability of public-domain information.
3. Promote cultural preservation and enrichment through the use of appropriate telecommunication technologies.
4. Increase civic participation in democracy.
5. Assist teachers, parents and students in using the Internet to enhance education.
6. Serve as a vehicle for noncommercial communication and publishing.
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