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Digital and Environmental Justice in the Era of Climate Change

October 6, 2016 @ 6:30 pm - 8:00 pm


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As global institutions like the United Nations turn to their attention to human rights and climate change, local groups have been fostering the links between natural environments and digital environments for more than a decade.

Seven years ago, Allied Media Projects in Detroit and the Media Mobilizing Project in Philadelphia each led the creation of a Digital Justice Coalition to support an Internet infrastructure that could better serve their communities. Access to inclusive technologies became critical to participation in all areas of community-building, including the fight against climate change.

Earlier this year, a coalition of groups from six Superstorm Sandy-impacted neighborhoods in New York City launched Resilient Networks, a community wireless initiative led by New America’s Resilient Communities program and implemented through the New York City Economic Development Corporation’s RISE : NYC program. Drawing on the work in Detroit and Philadelphia, these groups devised a new coalition, aligning a climate justice agenda with a digital justice framework, to build a future where technology builds resilience, preparedness, and equitable economic development.

Join New America’s Resilient Communities program, along with representatives from Detroit and Philadelphia Digital Justice Coalitions and other local groups, to release the new Resilient Networks principles and discuss how technology can make local voices more loudly heard.


Kristin Bell
Senior Project Manager, Center for Urban Innovation, New York City Economic Development Corporation

Joshua Breitbart @joshdotfm
Senior Advisor for Broadband, Office of the Mayor, City of New York


Bryan Mercer @bscottmercer
Executive Director, Media Mobilizing Project

Piper Carter @PiperCarter
Founding Member, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition

Monique Tate @MBTintheD
Digital Steward and Equitable Internet Initiative Trainer, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition

Danny Peralta
Executive Managing Director, The Point

Vadim Shiglik @vshiglik
Special Projects Director, Kings Bay Y

Dabriah Alston
WiFi Project Manager, Red Hook Initiative


Greta Byrum  @gretabyrum
Director, Resilient Communities Program, New America


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