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Detroit Community Technology Project

Detroit Community Technology Project Story

Community Technology Education and Organizing

Background and Digital Stewards Program

Detroit Community Technology Project traces its origins back to 2008 with the AMC media lab and "how-to track." In 2009 the "how-to track" became the "DIY technology track," a space to demystify various media production technologies and provide hands-on opportunities to discover how these technologies work.

In 2012 AMP launched the Digital Stewards Program in partnership with the Open Technology Institute. This was a community technology training program focused on community mesh wireless networks. The following year three community wireless networks were built and prototyped in five Detroit neighborhoods.

DCTP grew out of the Digital Stewards Program and networks cultivated at the AMC. It was officially formed in 2014 to encompass broader community technology education and organizing work and share best practices.

DCTP accomplishments

  • Co-developed the Digital Stewards Curriculum.
  • Co-developed the Community Technology Fieldguide
  • Partnered with OTI to launch and operate the Digital Stewards Program
  • Facilitated the vision and goal development of Code for Detroit
  • Consulted on agenda development for community technology gatherings in San Francisco, Chicago, and Detroit
  • Presented work and best practices to national and international audiences, including the 2014 Code for America Summit, the 2013 International Summit for Community Wireless and the 2015 Rights Con in the Philippines.
  • Influenced the development of the AMC "practice-space" model and the DiscoTech model through our community-based educational approach.
  • Convened the international Community Technology Network Gathering at the 2015 Allied Media Conference
  • Developed the How-To DiscoTech guide
  • Developed and managed Detroit Future Media
  • Co-developed the International Seed Grants Program, supporting 11 international community wireless projects
  • Developed the Opening Data Zine
  • Co-developed the (re) building technology zines and github resource portal
  • Launched the Data Justice Campaign
  • Led the development of the Teaching Community Technology Handbook
  • Consulted in the implementation of Digital Stewards in New America Foundation's RISE NYC project.
DCTP’s community technology practices have been adapted in:
  • Sáo Palo, Brazil
  • Jose de la Quintana, Argentina
  • Eenhana, Namibia
  • Bangalore, India
  • Minks, Belarus
  • Itatiaia RJ, Brazil
  • East Timore
  • Nigeria
  • Nicaragua
  • Dominican Republic of the Congo
  • Tunisia
  • Myanmar