“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: 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”

The Reboot: “The Infrastructural Power Beneath the Internet as We Know It”

Ownership models for ISPs serving poor or rural areas vary from utility cooperatives to municipal and tribal government-supported networks to community networks run by and for residents. Maybe part of imagining a different distribution of the means of computation requires a flipping of the script. Rather than assuming that the internet starts as massive nodesContinue reading “The Reboot: “The Infrastructural Power Beneath the Internet as We Know It””