“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”

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”

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”

The Hill: To build lasting digital equity, look to communities

Take Hunts Point in the South Bronx, where a local community development corporation called THE POINT recruited young people to build their own free wireless Wi-Fi network to connect learners and residents. Hunts Point Free WiFi is managed by people who live here and supported by local businesses. To a community built on a vulnerableContinue reading “The Hill: To build lasting digital equity, look to communities”