The People’s Internet: Building in rural Tennessee and the Hudson Valley
Currently, CTNY is working with the Digital Equity research initiative at The New School on the People’s Internet project, bringing together groups in rural Tennessee and the Hudson Valley to build their own communication infrastructure. This project draws on the skills and expertise of our Detroit and New York City partners while adapting the program for rural and small-city settings. It is dedicated to creating a culture of health by seeding healthy, community-led information and technology ecosystems.
People’s Internet Partners:
- Kingston, New York
- Anchor partner: Radio Kingston
- The Good Work Institute, the Center for Creative Education, and Rupco
- Clearfork, Tennessee
We are grateful for support from the New School for Social Research and the Robert Wood Johnson Foundation. We also receive support from Radio Kingston and from the Southern Connected Communities Project.
Previous Partners and Projects
The Community Tech Collective
CTNY staff have worked in Community Technology since 2011, collaborating with Allied Media Projects and the Detroit Community Technology Project to support the development of the first Digital Stewardship training programs in Detroit and Red Hook, Brooklyn. CTNY and DCTP are the first members of an emergent Community Technology Collective.
The New School’s Digital Equity Research Initiative
In 2018, CTNYers co-created the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School University, where we have led applied research projects on the first online decennial census, ranked the privacy practices of all of New York City’s ISPs, created case study research on the Detroit Equitable Internet Initiative, built a field survey of digital equity needs and recommendations in New York State, and conducted empirical research with advocates and practitioners to build the equity component of New York City’s Internet Master Plan.
See our resources page for examples of applied research projects that we have led or consulted on.
Resilient Networks NYC
From 2016 through 2019, CTNYers worked with the Fifth Avenue Committee, Silicon Harlem, The Point CDC, the Rockaway Development and Revitalization Corporation, and the Sheepshead Bay Y to create hurricane-ready neighborhood WiFi to prepare for the next Sandy. The project was supported by the New York City Economic Development Corporation with a HUD CDBG Sandy recovery grant.