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SPONSORS: Conference supported by UMass and private donors

"Democracy and Independence: Sharing of News and Politics in a Connected World" is funded in part by grants from the University of Massachusetts research leadership program and by private donors.

INTERNET: Use policies and information about wireless and wired access

Media Giraffe conference attendees will be able to receive a temporary user ID for wireless and wired Internet access upon arrival registration. Click the headline to read or print the university's guess access conditions of use.

STAFF: Contact information for conference staff, planning

Contact persons for conference logistics and programming.

EXHIBITS / LITERATURE: Vendors and NGOs literature, display and booth options

Limited facilities for literature display by vendors, non-governmental, research or trade groups may be arranged.

MEALS/RESTAURANTS: Included or on-your-own options available

Continental breakfast and meals will be provided during Thursday, Friday and Saturday morning conference periods. The Five College Area of Amherst-Northampton has hundreds of dining options for Thursday or Saturday nights, in addition to conference-site options.

TRANSPORTATION: Airline, auto, train and shuttle and parking information

Primary access to the University of Massachusetts Amherst is via Bradley International Airport, served by all major airlines. Ground shuttle is available. Amtrak's "Vermonter" is also an option -- a direct train to Amherst from DC via NYC.

LODGING: Information about hotel options on and off campus

Blocks of rooms have been reserved at the University-run Campus Campus Center Hotel, in the same building as the conference, and at other nearby hotels. Rates ranges from $80-$105/night. (For a lower-cost option, choose a University Residence Hall as part of the online Registration Page.
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