“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”

“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””