Community Engagement

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.

Researchers Ask: What is Meaningful Broadband Adoption?

April 17, 2012
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As federal and local authorities continue efforts to close the digital divide in the United States, innovative researchers are using new approaches to understand why some people “adopt” broadband—and why others choose to remain offline.

Rewriting the Online Narrative of Detroit's Future

April 11, 2012

“we show love in our communities to stop violence by coming together, throwing away ignorance, lifting up one another, gardening...” -- @D_FY tweet

Invincible Talks at Detroit Summer at Allied Media Projects

The Sidebar: The U.S. Budget and Community WiFi

April 6, 2012
The U.S. Budget and Community WiFi are topics for discussion this week, as host Pamela Chan is joined by Preston Rhea and Jason Peuquet.

The Sidebar: Race Relations and the Evolution of Media

March 30, 2012
Tom Glaisyer and Reniqua Allen discuss the difficulty of talking about race in America and the evolution of media. Pamela Chan Hosts.

Detroit: A Vision for Technology’s Future

March 15, 2012

Few media narratives about Detroit describe the city’s potential to define our technological future. Instead we hear stories of crumbling buildings, empty streets or, conversely, its rise as a burgeoning city of everything hip and cool. Yet every four months or so, hundreds of Detroiters take part in shaping the future of technology through innovative community-led DiscoTechs.

Pittsburgh CONNECTS Charts a Better Digital Future with Public Computer Centers

March 8, 2012

As part of an ongoing effort to understand the broader impact of Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) grants, this week the Open Technology Initiative takes a look at a collaborative community-driven project in Pittsburgh that bundles civic engagement and services with broadband adoption work.

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