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OTI's Red Hook Digital Stewards Bring Internet Access to New York City Housing Authority Facility

July 30, 2013


Tiwan Burrus (RHI) and Katherine Ortiz (RHI) attaching a PicoStation to a roof mount.

A 20-computer public computer center hosted at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Miccio Recreation Center now has Internet access following a day of installations by young adults trained by the Open Technology Institute (OTI), the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Brooklyn Fiber. Five Red Hook “Digital Stewards,” young adults engaged in a New York City workforce development effort, installed 6 new wireless routers into the Red Hook WiFi network in the beginning of July 2013. The Stewards connected two new partner institutions to RHI’s existing Red Hook Network with these installations - adding a local school and the NYCHA Miccio Recreation Center to a set of partners including churches, local residents and the Red Hook Initiative’s building. The public areas surrounding these buildings now have access to the Internet as well as local applications running on the neighborhood website.

The 2013 Allied Media Conference MagicNet, powered by Digital Stewards and Commotion

July 17, 2013
At this year’s Allied Media Conference, the Open Technology Institute partnered with local Detroit Digital Stewards and Red Hook Digital Stewards from Brooklyn to construct a conference-wide mesh wireless network, MagicNet.

OTI heads to the National Conference on Media Reform in Denver!

April 2, 2013
NCMR Announcement Poster

This week a group from the Open Technology Institute (OTI) will join the thousands of media makers and journalists, activists, advocates, policymakers, and technologists convening in Denver at the National Conference on Media Reform.

The Open Technology Institute endorses the Battle of the Mesh v6

March 26, 2013
Wireless Battle of the Mesh Logo

Since 2009, wireless mesh enthusiasts and community networking activists from across the globe have come together for a tournament of a social nature:  "Wireless Battle of the Mesh"

Mobile Leapfrogging and Digital Divide Policy

  • By
  • Philip Napoli,
  • Jonathan Obar,
  • New America Foundation
April 1, 2013

This paper examines the emerging global phenomenon of mobile leapfrogging in Internet access. Leapfrogging refers to the process in which new Internet users are obtaining access by mobile devices and are skipping the traditional means of access: personal computers. This leapfrogging of PC-based Internet access has been hailed in many quarters as an important means of rapidly and inexpensively reducing the gap in Internet access between developed and developing nations, thereby reducing the need for policy interventions to address this persistent digital divide.

Susan Crawford: An Internet Connection Should Be Like Water, Not Oil

March 4, 2013
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“Information and data is the oil of our era,” explained telecom policy expert Susan Crawford at the New America Foundation on Thursday.

Capped Broadband Reflects Capped Competition

January 22, 2013
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Last month my colleagues and I at the the Open Technology Institute released a paper titled “

Special Section in the International Journal of Communications on Meaningful Broadband Adoption

December 19, 2012
Photo by RTlibrary, licensed by Creative Commons.

Since 2009, the federal government has funded 232 Broadband Technology Opportunities Program (BTOP) digital training and access projects nationwide. New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) is a partner on two of them, in Detroit and Philadelphia. As these programs draw to a close at the end of 2012, researchers, policymakers, and practitioners are taking stock of the impact and outcomes of one of the largest and most comprehensive digital inclusion efforts ever undertaken.

ICANN, Make a Difference

  • By
  • Sascha Meinrath,
  • New America Foundation
  • and Elliot Noss
November 27, 2012 |

The Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers is little known, but it wields a tremendous amount of power: It controls all of the Web’s top-level domains (those letters after the “dot,” like .com and .org). Currently, ICANN is in the midst of creating hundreds (and possibly thousands) of new, generic top-level domains (gTLDs) that span a host of different ideas, from .web to .cars to .anything_else_you_can_imagine. These new gTLDs have the potential to dramatically affect the future of Internet browsing, and they’re already stirring up some serious discussion.

Comments on Remote Areas Fund

January 18, 2012

In response to the Commission’s request in the November 18, 2011, Order and Further Notice of Proposed Rulemaking for comment on the proposed Remote Areas Fund, New America Foundation, Public Knowledge, and Benton Foundation (collectively, “Public Interest Commenters”) ask the Commission to disperse any allocated funds in a way that opens the fund to community and locally-owned broadband providers seeking to offer service in a remote area, rather than only permit satellite broadband providers to receive support.

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