AMP Blog: Open Technology Initiative
Communication is a fundamental human right. The Digital Stewards Program is an effort to actualize that right at the neighborhood-level in Detroit. This 10-week training, already underway, prepares teams of community organizers, people with construction skills and techies to design and deploy communications infrastructure with a commitment to the Detroit Digital Justice Principles.
This year we have a new wireless network at the AMC: the MagicNet! It is a Wifi network, built to provide attendees with Internet access, but also with the purpose of providing local applications and resources for exploration and collaboration.
"When they built the interstate highways through Detroit, they divided neighborhoods and paved a path to the suburbs. When we look at the digital divide, we see the information superhighway is doing the same thing: setting communities apart and giving the more affluent a path to abandon the city. For all of the Internet’s power to unite those of us who use it, how can we ensure that it does not divide us from those who don’t?"
We've compiled some of the documentation coming out of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition's last DiscoTech (Discovering Technology Fair). Dig through this exciting collection of DiscoTech video, audio documentary, articles, and photos. Also, get ready because we are doing it again: the next DiscoTech will be held April 15, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.