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

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.