RECLAIMING AND CONNECTING
What is The Undivide Project?
If you woke up today, checked your email, the weather, and social media then you have more privilege than 21 million Americans. Communities all over the country, rural and urban, lack Internet access due to policy decisions and a lack of infrastructure. These same communities lack access to information about their environmental and climate change risk. This is double divestment in an area of increasing digitization and extreme weather. At “The Undivide Project” we believe the Internet and all the benefits it provides should be accessible, equitable, green, and available to all. We tackle the dual issues of digital justice and climate justice. Let us show you what can happen when you honor community, design tools, and advocate for change to help us all thrive!
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.