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CurriculaCo-op Models


History of Community Technology in Philadelphia

Breitbart, Joshua, Naveen Lakshmipathy, and Sascha D. Meinrath. “The Philadelphia Story: Learning from a Municipal Wireless Pioneer.” Washington DC: New America Foundation, December 2007.

Dunbar-Hester, Christina. Low Power to the People: Pirates, Protest, and Politics in FM Radio Activism. MIT Press, 2014.


Teaching Community Technology Handbook [pdf], Detroit Community Technology Project

designed using a “popular education method grounded in the history of Civil Rights-era Citizenship Schools and Paulo Freire’s Pedagogy of the Oppressed. . . . [a] people-guided approach to bring tech education to communities that have been harmed and oppressed by technology.”

Neighborhood Network Construction Kit: Do-it-ourselves Guide to Community Networks

originally released as Commotion Construction Kit, this tutorial was co-designed by New America’s Open Technology Institute, The Work Department, Allied Media Projects, and the Detroit Community Technology Project

Portable Network Kit Setup Guide, Community Tech NY

Wireless Networking in the Developing World. 3rd Edition. Copenhagen, 2013.

The Community Network Manual: How to Build the Internet Yourself

Meshnet DWeb Camp 2019

Policy & Organizing Models

Detroit Digital Stewards Program

National Urban League’s Lewis Latimer Plan for Digital Equity and Inclusion

Nicol Turner Lee (Brookings) proposing a “Tech New Deal"


Byrum, Greta. “Building the People’s Internet.” Urban Omnibus, October 2, 2019.

Park, Claire. “Community Broadband: The Fast, Affordable Internet Option That’s Flying Under the Radar.” Washington D.C.: New America Foundation, May 19, 2020.

Rey-Moreno, Carlos. “Supporting the Creation and Scalability of Affordable Access Solutions: Understanding Community Networks in Africa.” Internet Society, May 2017.

Sanchez, Alvaro. “Toward Digital Inclusion: Broadband Access in the Third Federal Reserve District.” Cascade Focus. Federal Reserve Bank of Philadelphia, March 2020.

Shaffer, Gwen. “Common Sense: An Examination of Three Los Angeles Community WiFi Projects That Privileged Public Funding Over Commons-Based Infrastructure Management.” Rochester, NY: Social Science Research Network, March 28, 2017.

Solomon, Rory. Meshiness: Mesh Networks and the Politics of Connectivity. Ph.D., New York University, 2020.

Thakur, Dhanaraj, and Teddy Woodhouse. “Meaningful Connectivity: A New Standard to Raise the Bar for Internet Access.” Alliance for Affordable Internet, 2020.


Graham, Kristen A. “Philly Schools Chief Says Internet Providers Refuse to Open Their Networks so Students Can Access Education.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, May 20, 2020.

Gross, Paige. “A Digital Literacy Alliance Grant Is Creating Roles to Help Residents Access and Use Tech during the Pandemic.” Technical.Ly Philly, May 29, 2020, sec. Civic.

Hetrick, Christian, and Dylan Purcell. “Thousands of Philly Students Are Stuck at Home with No Computer or Internet after Coronavirus Closed Schools.” The Philadelphia Inquirer, April 3, 2020.

Noor, Jaisal. “Baltimore City Students Demand Comcast Increase Internet Speed During Pandemic.” Baltimore Beat, May 26, 2020.