Community Engagement

Digital Stewardship and your community

April 18, 2014
Person on building OTI has partnered with groups around the world to develop the concept of Digital Stewardship, and hopes to refine it as more communities adopt and adjust it for local needs. Digital Stewardship is a principled approach to community technology that emphasizes self-governance and sustainability. Digital Stewards grow and maintain the technology their communities need to foster healthy relationships, build resilience, and increase access to critical information. OTI works with local partners to integrate the Digital Stewards approach into the group’s existing projects, missions, and goals.

Dialing Down Risks: Mobile Privacy and Information Security in Global Development Projects

  • By
  • Hibah Hussain,
  • New America Foundation
August 22, 2013

Over the past decade, mobile phones have become increasingly prominent features of global development projects. Aiming to spur social and economic development in the Global South, a variety of international organizations and nonprofits have invested heavily in mobile-centric projects to address challenges in public health, financial inclusion, transparent governance, and more.

Call for Paper Proposals

July 2, 2013

Call for Paper Proposals

The Role of Advocacy in Media and Telecom Policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop
New America Foundation
Sept. 29 - Oct. 1, 2013

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.

IDL Launch Party Invite

July 18, 2012

Remember how the Internet community stopped SOPA?

Come on out to Irish Whiskey this Thursday at 8pm for the official launch of the Internet Defense League (IDL), a network of people and organizations committed to defending the open Internet. The goal of IDL is to sound the alarm quickly to millions of users whenever the Internet is in peril.

Digital Freedom of Expression in Uzbekistan

  • By Sarah Kendzior, PhD
July 18, 2012

The 2011 uprisings in the Middle East have prompted speculation about whether digital technology can and will be used to foment similar uprisings in former Soviet authoritarian states. This paper examines the relationship between political activism and internet freedom in Uzbekistan.  It argues that while the internet is a critical tool for political expression, its utility as a tool for activism is challenged both by threats from the government and by fear and apathy among Uzbek internet users.

Call for Paper Proposals *(extended to July 25, 2012)*

July 16, 2012

Is it working? Evaluating and assessing broadband policy

A by-invitation experts’ workshop

New America Foundation

September 19-21, 2012


Development as Freedom: The World Bank’s how-to series “Amplifying Citizen Voices through Technology” (PART 2 OF 2)

June 27, 2012

The evaluation framework we commented on in a recent blog post is only one part of the World Bank’s series of handbooks on rethinking approaches to the use of information and communication technologies for development [ICTD].

Development as Freedom: An Alternative Framework for ICT Program Evaluation (Part 1 of 2)

June 26, 2012

People across the world are experimenting with ways to leverage technology for economic development and social change. These projects, often referred to as Information and Communication Technologies and Development (ICTD) strategies, tackle pressing and difficult questions: what are best practices for communities seeking to use technology to identify and work towards development goals? How do we ensure that underserved communities are connected and able to participate actively in civil and political dialogue, much of which is occurring on digital platforms?

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