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.
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.
How We Work And What We Do
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. We are also helping communities build WIFI nodes, conducting advocacy training and building resilience plans, and initiating funder networks.
Advocate in Chief
Advisor, Community Access
Advisor, Applied Research
Summer Intern 2022
Summer Intern 2022
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