DCTP grew out of Allied Media Projects’ (AMP) nine year track record of digital media education and community technology building in Detroit.
In 2012, Allied Media Projects partnered with the Open Technology Institute of the New America Foundation to create the Digital Stewards Program, which trains neighborhood leaders in designing and deploying community wireless networks with a commitment to the Detroit Digital Justice Principles, emphasizing access, participation, common ownership, and healthy communities.
The following year, three community wireless networks were built and prototyped in five Detroit neighborhoods. To date, DCTP has implemented the Digital Stewards training with leaders from seven Detroit neighborhoods and has supported 11 community groups internationally to adopt and modify the training for their own contexts.
The Digital Stewards Program led to the formation of the Detroit Community Technology Project in 2014. DCTP was developed to encompass broader community technology education and organizing work and to share best practices.
Collaborators In Detroit
These are some of the community partners we have worked with in Detroit:
Detroit Digital Justice Coalition: we collaborate on creating content and organizing DiscoTechs
Detroit People’s Platform: We’ve been training people's platform members in how to use the open data portal to support their community organizing.
Below are all the wireless sites for the Equitable Internet Initiative.
Grace in Action
WNUC LPFM community radio station
Across the World
We have worked on various projects with a number of partners across the world. All of our international groups are described in a report with New America and the Open Technology Institute: Community Technology Retrospective: 2015 Seed Grants.