Our goal is to build community self-determination through community choice and governance of technology, media infrastructure, and data. In alignment with the Digital Justice Principles of Access, Participation, Common Ownership, and Healthy Communities, we bring Equitable Internet Initiative tools, curricula, and knowledge, and experience deploying resilient, flexible community-owned networks to our work with local partners. We co-develop goals and plans rooted in community needs, and provide a range of support in planning, organizing, building and maintaining community technology infrastructure and practices. With deep experience of building in New York City and State, CTNY is the regional chapter of a growing collective of EII/Community Tech partners, along with our sister organization, the Detroit Community Technology Project.
In partnership with communities and local groups, we develop and support planning for healthy digital ecosystems, providing technical support and consultation services for community network buildout. We support sustainable community ownership of data and technology and cultivate the long-term stewardship of neighborhood technologies that support health, well-being, and access to opportunity. We develop and disseminate tools and resources leading to technologies customized for local needs and opportunities, with the ultimate goal of building self-determination in our collective relationship with technology and data.
About the Community Technology Collective
Our work begins from a set of core principles that focus on listening, participation, relationship building, and equity as a foundation for building community resilience. With the current global emergency due to climate change, a rising tide of authoritarianism, and the nearly unchecked power of big tech, we see a critical opportunity now to develop future-ready solutions together with the communities most affected by these crises, particularly through the redesign and rebuilding of brittle and inequitable physical and digital infrastructures. This work is grounded in our collective legacy of working with local residents to identify and build a healthy and consentful technological future amid historical power imbalances.
Community Tech New York (CTNY) and Detroit Community Technology Project (DCTP) exist as regional sister organizations who use and develop technology that strengthens our human connections to one another and to the planet. We are building and supporting healthy, resilient digital ecosystems rooted in community needs by sharing community technology practices, teaching tools, and direct project support.
Both sponsored projects of Allied Media Projects, CTNY and DCTP are part of an international movement for consentful, resilient, community-governed communications infrastructure, and communities are increasingly seeking our expertise, pedagogy and network management resources. As the Community Technology Collective (CTC), we support sustainable community ownership of data and technology and cultivate the long-term stewardship of neighborhood technologies that support health, well-being, and access to opportunity.