Community Engagement

Special Section in the International Journal of Communications on Meaningful Broadband Adoption

December 19, 2012
Photo by RTlibrary, licensed by Creative Commons.

Since 2009, the federal government has funded 232 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) digital training and access projects nationwide. New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) is a partner on two of them, in Detroit and Philadelphia. As these programs draw to a close at the end of 2012, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners are taking stock of the impact and outcomes of one of the largest and most comprehensive digital inclusion efforts ever undertaken.

IDL Launch Party Invite

July 18, 2012

Remember how the Internet community stopped SOPA?

Come on out to Irish Whiskey this Thursday at 8pm for the official launch of the Internet Defense League (IDL), a network of people and organizations committed to defending the open Internet. The goal of IDL is to sound the alarm quickly to millions of users whenever the Internet is in peril.

Digital Freedom of Expression in Uzbekistan

  • By Sarah Kendzior, PhD
July 18, 2012

The 2011 uprisings in the Middle East have prompted speculation about whether digital technology can and will be used to foment similar uprisings in former Soviet authoritarian states. This paper examines the relationship between political activism and internet freedom in Uzbekistan.  It argues that while the internet is a critical tool for political expression, its utility as a tool for activism is challenged both by threats from the government and by fear and apathy among Uzbek internet users.

Call for Paper Proposals *(extended to July 25, 2012)*

July 16, 2012

Is it working? Evaluating and assessing broadband policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop

New America Foundation

September 19-21, 2012

 

Development as Freedom: The World Bank’s how-to series “Amplifying Citizen Voices through Technology” (PART 2 OF 2)

June 27, 2012

The evaluation framework we commented on in a recent blog post is only one part of the World Bank’s series of handbooks on rethinking approaches to the use of information and communication technologies for development [ICTD].

Development as Freedom: An Alternative Framework for ICT Program Evaluation (Part 1 of 2)

June 26, 2012

People across the world are experimenting with ways to leverage technology for economic development and social change. These projects, often referred to as Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) strategies, tackle pressing and difficult questions: what are best practices for communities seeking to use technology to identify and work towards development goals? How do we ensure that underserved communities are connected and able to participate actively in civil and political dialogue, much of which is occurring on digital platforms?

The Future of Centers of Worship

May 2, 2012

How community focus and technology initiatives refresh our local churches, mosques and synagogues

The religious and spiritual institutions that currently anchor our neighborhoods and tie together our communities can provide us with another benefit - a chance to build and own our own communications infrastructure.

When student reporters seek broadcaster transparency, it is surprising what they find

April 27, 2012

Our work at the Media Policy Initiative has been in support of both broadcaster transparency and advancing the idea that journalism schools can be news producers, so we couldn’t have been happier when the two ideas intersected in a piece produced by Kent State University undergraduate and

Reduced Prison Phone Rates Pave the Road to Rehabilitation

April 20, 2012

This piece was co-authored with Clarissa Ramon, Outreach and Government Affairs Associate at Public Knowledge.

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