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The DiscoTech (short for "Discovering Technology") event was inspired by the Allied Media Conference Media Lab and developed by the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition as a space to learn about the impact and possibilities of technology within our communities. The DiscoTech model has spread beyond Detroit, through sessions at the Allied Media Conference and through the publication of the "How To DiscoTech" zine. This Friday, the Codesign Studio of the MIT Center for Civic Media brings the DiscoTech to an impressively diverse range of locations: San Francisco; Karachi, Pakistan; Bangalore, India; Ramallah, Palestine; Buenos Aires, Argentina; Mexico City; Boston, and New York City. The theme of this series of DiscoTechs is counter-surveillance.
Detroit is what the rest of the world has to look forward to. In Detroit we are growing a community of media makers, culture producers, technologists, and small business owners who are building a media-based economy at the city's grassroots. We believe that instead of trying to "bridge the digital divide" between our communities and existing technology, it is more important to reshape technology to meet our communities' needs.