Welcoming a New CTNY

As the end of 2021 approaches, Community Tech NY (CTNY) is reflecting on our growth over the last year and would like to take a moment to highlight some changes. In the last seven months, we’ve undergone core staff changes, including three new additions to our team and a transition in our leadership structure. InContinue reading “Welcoming a New CTNY”

“Advancing digital equity: ILR School develops tool to help NYS communities” by Mary Catt

Fourteen percent of NYS residents can’t log on at home. ILR and Community Tech NY are launching the New York State Digital Equity Portal in partnership with the State Department of Education, the New York State Library and The John R. Oishei Foundation. The portal is an interactive, online data mapping tool for communities and individuals seekingContinue reading ““Advancing digital equity: ILR School develops tool to help NYS communities” by Mary Catt”

Digital Equity Portal Launches in New York State

First-of-its-Kind Portal Offers Interactive Snapshot of Digital Equity Data 12.07.2021 Working in partnership with Community Tech NY (CTNY) and Cornell University’s New York State School of Industrial and Labor Relations (ILR), the New York State Education Department (NYSED), the New York State Library (NYSL) and The John R. Oishei Foundation (JROF) today launched the NewContinue reading “Digital Equity Portal Launches in New York State”

CTNY joins El Puente at ¡WEPA! Festival

In celebration of Hispanic Heritage Month and the 10th Anniversary of the Green Light District, Community Tech NY partners, El Puente, hosted the annual ¡WEPA! festival in Williamsburg on Saturday, September 26th, 2021. Produced by El Puente’s Green Light District initiative, ¡WEPA! connected local Williamsburg residents, visitors, and the larger El Puente network, which spansContinue reading “CTNY joins El Puente at ¡WEPA! Festival”

New York Community Trust grants CTNY $250,000 for digital equity

In its recent newsletter “Building Our Region Back Better,” published on May 9, 2021, the New York Community Trust (NYCT) featured Community Tech NY as one of its latest grantees.  The grantmaking foundation announced its focus towards a more vital and equitable New York City by supporting organizations that help close the digital divide.  CommunityContinue reading “New York Community Trust grants CTNY $250,000 for digital equity”

“The Bronx is Buffering: New Connectors” by Harry Parker

This article describes the coalition of activists and nonprofits including CTNY who are putting pressure on service providers and creating local broadband solutions. With the pandemic and remote learning challenges receding, the Digital Equity Coalition is now working with Community Tech NY and the National Digital Inclusion Alliance to determine next steps. Some goals includeContinue reading ““The Bronx is Buffering: New Connectors” by Harry Parker”

“Unboxing the Toolkit” by Shannon Mattern

Community Tech New York, an organization committed to digital justice and to building community power through community-owned internet infrastructure, offers “portable network kits,” “a wireless network in a suitcase that helps people [learn] how to build their own mini-internet – and with it, how the internet works and might be owned and governed more equitably.”Continue reading ““Unboxing the Toolkit” by Shannon Mattern”

The Hill: How Detroit residents are building their own internet

The areas that the Equitable Internet Initiative serves are predominantly communities of color, and the digital stewards that EII train and employ come from these communities. “It’s easier to make a community member a technician than a technician a community member,” according to digital steward Shiva Shahmir. Kalischer-Coggins, Aaron. “How Detroit residents are building theirContinue reading “The Hill: How Detroit residents are building their own internet”

White House: Vice President Holds Listening Session on High Speed Internet Featuring Digital Stewardship and Community Ownership

We also work to increase internet adoption through a digital stewardship program which prepares residents in our neighborhoods [of Detroit and Highland Park] to operate, manage, and own their own internet. All of our 18 employees come from the communities they serve and are trained in community organizing and the technology necessary to maintain aContinue reading “White House: Vice President Holds Listening Session on High Speed Internet Featuring Digital Stewardship and Community Ownership”

Gothamist: What It Will Take To Bring Strong Internet Service To Every NYC Student

“It is a transformative moment in digital equity because there’s an awareness and a visibility of this issue that there’s never been before,” said Greta Byrum, Director of Policy at the nonprofit Community Tech NY and co-director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at the New School. “We’re seeing incredible creativity and innovation.” Byrum said thatContinue reading “Gothamist: What It Will Take To Bring Strong Internet Service To Every NYC Student”