Digital autonomy

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Here we detail the importance for empowering our neighborhood residents and organizations with digital capabilities.

  • In 2017 four out of five Fortune 500 companies only offer their job applications online. See the Federal Communications Commission's Broadband Adoption Key to Jobs and Education.
  • Companies are deploying algorithms to automate their hiring processes, sparking concerns about equity and potential bias.
  • Our political debates increasingly transpire in a networked public sphere of privately owned platforms like Facebook and Twitter.
  • Awareness of candidates and their positions is increasingly controlled by the likes of Google.
  • Non-profits and social movements rely on the Internet to organize for social change and use the Internet itself to advance their missions.
  • Traditional education models have also deeply integrated digital approaches—according to a 2013 Pew Research Center study, 79 percent of Advanced Placement and National Writing Project teachers surveyed reported requiring students to access assignments online. From https://netgainpartnership.org/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/pivotalmoment.pdf

To maintain control of their lives in a digital world, Jackson Heights' residents need certain capabilities.

  • The ability to effectively use standard digital devices.
  • Access to an Internet signal.
  • Control over local domain name servers.
  • Connectivity with fellow residents and tools that allow decision making and organizing.

With these, residents may strive to maintain autonomy in a world increasingly controlled by digital technology.