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REBUILDING,
RECLAIMING AND CONNECTING

What is “The Undivide Project”?

The Undivide Project is the start of a body of work focused on undoing the so-called “Digital Divide” by working directly with communities. The first phase of our work will be directed towards understanding the impacts of digital divestment. We will offer bespoke solutions and implementation support reflective of community conditions. The next phase of the Undivide Project will focus on building community resilience using Internet tools.

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Vision And Purpose​

Ecosystem degradation, sea-level rise, increased disaster risk, pollution and dumping all impact the poorest and most vulnerable communities. All of these are driven by poor governance, social injustice and negligent stewardship of the earth. At the intersection of all of these is the digital divide. Just as Dr. Robert Bullard described the United States highway system as an instrument of injustice and division directed at poor and BIPOC communities; this will be true for the advent of Internet infrastructure, access via 5G and Web 3.0 if we allow it. We will bring communities, advocates, as well as the applied and legal research communities together for integrated action.

What We Do And How We Work

The Undivide Project does applied research, develops policy and advocacy tools, and provides direct service to select communities. Some examples are community resilience plans, digital literacy training and other  Internet-based projects.

We engage in peer-level work. First, the research teams themselves must be representative, complementing their learned skills with the cultural competency and lived experience which results in mutual respect. This lays the foundation for understanding and then expanding relevant norms.

Second, we acknowledge community leadership and knowledge. We do not treat them as incubators for research, nor do we create solutions in search of a problem. They can and should be editors and co-creators of concepts and solutions.

Third, we are combining research and community action. We are looking at root causes, including those designed by law and policy of digital divestment. 

Our inspiration and partners from Rowdy ORB.it and the Internet Society


Affiliations and Partnerships

DIGIUNITY

Digital Opportunity Network

Strong Communities Network



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