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The JacksonHeights.nyc Initiative is an education, planning, and development effort working to prepare the neighborhood for changes that arise from a world increasingly shaped by digital technologies.
Its premise is that today's society requires Internet access and strong user skills to access public information and participate in civic life, acquire an education, and find a job.
The initiative seeks to assist with all manner of society's needs: connecting residents via new networks, strengthening local community building by providing collaboration tools, and creating trustable resources for neighborhood decision making.
The initial plan for developing the neighborhood's digital common can be found in the application for the city licensed JacksonHeights.nyc domain name submitted by the local nonprofit Connecting.nyc Inc. in September 2016.
One key task to take place in parallel with initialing the Layer Cake (see graphic) is organizing a new, broadly representative, locally controlled, nonprofit to govern the effort by 2020. See the Governance Architecture page for more on that 2020 transition.
The following fall within the JacksonHeights.nyc Initiative's scope:
- Operating JacksonHeights.nyc, its wiki, and other digital resources.
- Training residents in editing and using these resources.
- Developing features that empower residents to plan and organize to effectively shape the neighborhood's future.
- Advocating and educating to assure that all residents have Internet Access.
- Informing neighborhood residents and organizations about opportunities presented by digital technologies.
- Creating a trustable resource for neighborhood decision making.