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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.

Maine Librarians Bridge the Digital Job Divide

February 15, 2012

Patrick Therrien holds a Masters of Science in Organizational Leadership and a Graduate Certification in Human Resources Management. During three months of unemployment, Therrien looked online to learn the latest tips on how to build his resume, write cover letters, and give a strong interview. Despite his tech-savvy, he felt overwhelmed by the amount of information online.

Quick Hit: Civil Rights on the Airwaves

January 10, 2012
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The Open Technology Initiative at New America hosted an event yesterday "Civil Rights on the Airwaves: Building Community Radio in Communities of Color." A panel of experts in media access, community radio, and racial and social justice convened to discuss the opportunities for developing community-based radio in underserved and marginalized communities. The ensuing conversation provided a rich look at the intersections of media, racial justice, and ownership. The video of the event is available here.

The Internet’s Intolerable Acts

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • James Losey,
  • New America Foundation
December 8, 2011 |

The United States of America was forged in resistance to collective reprisals—the punishment of many for the acts of few. In 1774, following the Boston Tea Party, the British Parliament passed a series of laws—including the mandated closure of the port of Boston—meant to penalize the people of Massachusetts. These abuses of power, labeled the "Intolerable Acts," catalyzed the American Revolution by making plain the oppression of the British crown.

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