DIGITAL EQUITY IN DETROIT
Advocacy | Urban Strategy |
The New School
Ana Recheinbach, Jakob Winkler - Isabel Saffon
The City of Detroit |
Chief Information Officer
Digital Equity is understood as the ability to access and shape the technologies that surround us. Within the Digital Equity Lab at the New School we worked with the Chief Information Officer of Detroit to analyze digital exclusion and identify opportunities in which community-based efforts can be supported by the City of Detroit.
Within a context where the deployment of smart technologies may replicate existing socioeconomic disparities, Municipal governments should invest in building from hyper-local, community-scale work that ties, infrastructure, digital literacy, deep community engagement and leadership to solve community problems.
The Digital Equity Lab at The New School planned and facilitated multi-stakeholders meetings, that aimed to shape a common vision on access and participation of historically underserved communities in the production of media and technology to generate a more inclusive urban development. We have been designing participatory exercises that explain the current digital ecosystem based on a detailed qualitative research, to better understand community partners, potential opportunities and challenges that may be on the horizon.
The result of this project are recommendations for the Office of the Chief Information Officer of the City of Detroit who will develop a future plan for Digital Equity.