As developed through the partnerships in Detroit, and New York City and State, and most recently rural Tennessee, Community Technology is a method of teaching and learning about technology with the goal of restoring relationships and healing social infrastructure. Community technologists are those who have the desire to build, design and facilitate a healthy integration of technology into people’s lives and communities, allowing them the fundamental human right to communicate.
Our Data Justice programming is rooted in the research of the potential and lived harms of Open Data, the industry of Big Data, and the swift onslaught of surveillance tech as they relate to our most vulnerable communities. We develop visions, practices, and recommendations for creating more consentful, equitable interactions with data for policy makers, community organizers, educators, and beyond.
PORTABLE NETWORK KIT (PNK)
A Portable Network Kit (PNK) is a collection of off-the-shelf consumer hardware that can be configured easily to make a local Wi-Fi network accessible by mobile device or computer. Ideal for building decentralized, resilient, uncensored communications infrastructure, the PNK connects devices in a small area – anywhere from one building or public square to about a half square mile – and can be meshed with others for wider range. PNK offer an opportunity for learners to get hands-on with internet protocols and power systems, demystifying technology and helping to move learners from consumers to producers. CTNY members developed PNK for use by New York City communities affected by hurricane Sandy, and have also collaboratively deployed PNKs with communities from post-Maria Puerto Rico to the ridges and valleys of rural Tennessee.
EQUITABLE INTERNET INITIATIVE (EII)
The Equitable Internet Initiative (EII) has brought community-built residential high-speed internet service to 175 underserved households in four neighborhoods in Detroit and Highland Park by providing Digital Stewardship trainings to residents. With the support of DCTP and CTNY, EII neighborhood networks are currently preparing residents for sea level rise in New York’s waterfront communities, measuring air quality in the South Bronx and Southwest Detroit, and in both cities helping neighborhood businesses organize and grow their markets, providing tech job training and placement, and providing platforms for media and culture making. DCTP and CTNY are approved vendors of the Equitable Internet Initiative method and trademark, owned by Allied Media Projects. The two newest EII projects are located in the Clear Fork Valley of Tennessee and in Kingston, New York.
EQUITABLE INTERNET COLLECTIVE
Currently in development with CTNY and DCTP and partners as its first members, the purpose of the EII Collective is to redistribute power, resources, and connectivity in marginalized communities through EII community Internet technologies and organizing. By building accountable relationships online and in-person, EII Collective members are working towards a future where neighbors are authentically connected with relationships of mutual aid that sustain the social, economic, and environmental health of neighborhoods.