Learning Materials

We focus on documenting our teaching and organizing strategies to make technology more accessible to those that have been often marginalized and harmed by media and technology.
We are committed to advancing community technology practices and programming. We believe sharing our practices has the potential to diversify and shape technology fields to be more community-oriented.

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Opening Data 2

Zine cover, printed in grayscale on bright yellow paper. Says Opening Data 2 in large letters, on a backround of a gray square pattern with a star cutout

After the release of the Opening Data zine, we realized that there was so much we still did not understand about how data affected people - especially marginalized communities. So, we began working on a few community research projects. First, the Detroit Open Data Portal, looking into how open data can potentially harm or benefit communities. Then, Our Data Bodies (O.D.B), which is currently conducting interviews with residents in four cities across the U.S. to gain insight on how marginalized adults view personal data collection.

Opening Data 2 shares what we discovered through these projects and ways that you can engage others in thinking about data in your communities. We are working toward a digital future that respects the privacy and security of all of us - not just those that are digitally literate or in privileged communities.

Data
Digital literacy

Teaching Community Technology Handbook

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Community Technology focuses on teaching strategies that make learning technology accessible and relevant.

This 100+ page handbook will take you through the history of popular education while offering a step-by-step guide to developing community rooted technology workshops and curricula.
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Digital literacy
Teaching and facilitation

(Re)building Technology Zine

 Zine cover. Drawing of a wireless tower, homes and businesses, young people using and creating tech, and a cart with community sim cards.

The "(Re)Building Technology" zine presents a collection of tools, stories and practices that support the growth and development of the community technology movement.

The zine explores digital justice issues, community facilitation best practices, collaborative network design, and examples of projects from Belarus, Detroit, Red Hook, India and more.

Teaching and facilitation
Wireless Networks

Community Technology Retrospective: 2015 Seed Grants Report

Community Technology Retrospective cover: blue-tinted photo of a person diagraming a community wireless network, with white title text overlayed

At the end of 2014, the Open Technology Institute and the Detroit Community Technology Project initiated the Community Technology Partnership and began awarding SEED grants to civil society organizations in different parts of the world. We are now reflecting on this process, documenting our understandings and practices, and reporting lessons learned and methods we believe play a crucial role in supporting civil society groups.

(Re)building Technology Zine: Vol. 2

Cover of (Re)building Technology Zine: Vol. 2: black ink on green paper, showing images of buildings and of residents assembling community wireless networks

The "(Re)Building Technology" zine presents a collection of tools, stories and practices that support the growth and development of the community technology movement.

The zine explores digital justice issues, community facilitation best practices, collaborative network design, and examples of projects from Belarus, Detroit, Red Hook, India and more.

Wireless Networks

Detroit Future Media Guide to Digital Literacy

Detroit Future Media Guide to Digital Literacy - orange cover with white text and a line drawing of a geodesic sketch

This beautifully designed guidebook presents reflections and resources from three years of the Detroit Future Media program.

The guidebook introduces the concept of "digital literacy" and its role in community revitalization. It provides a history of the Detroit Future Media program and its impact, core ideas, program structure, and curriculum samples for you to use and adapt!

Digital literacy

How to DiscoTech Zine

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The fourth volume of the Detroit Digital Justice Coalition's zine series. This issue gives step-by-step instructions and resources for organizing "DiscoTechs" (Discovering Technology fairs).

Teaching and facilitation

Community Technology Fieldguide

Community Technology Field Guide cover with an illustrated image of a shielded internet cable

A collective resource for digital stewardship, digital justice and community infrastructure. These resources emphasize self-governance, participatory learning, collaborative design and sustainability. As we learn and new people contribute, these resources will grow and change over time and we welcome contributions.

Digital literacy
Wireless Networks