Open Tech

Digital Stewardship and your community

April 18, 2014
Person on building OTI has partnered with groups around the world to develop the concept of Digital Stewardship, and hopes to refine it as more communities adopt and adjust it for local needs. Digital Stewardship is a principled approach to community technology that emphasizes self-governance and sustainability. Digital Stewards grow and maintain the technology their communities need to foster healthy relationships, build resilience, and increase access to critical information. OTI works with local partners to integrate the Digital Stewards approach into the group’s existing projects, missions, and goals.

Commotion Field Test: Pop-up mesh network, downtown Washington, DC

September 27, 2013


During a lunch hour in downtown Washington, DC, the Open Technology Institute set up a proof of concept network for distributing Internet service to a public space using a mesh network of multiple mobile routers. Such a network would be useful where there is a sudden need for Internet connectivity, such as a spontaneous event, or conditions that prevent permanent network installation for a planned event.

Patent Assertion and Startup Innovation

  • By Colleen Chien, Santa Clara University School of Law
September 5, 2013

This report from the New America Foundation’s Open Technology Institute (OTI) examines the experiences of venture capital investors (VCs) and startups with patent assertion including dealing with assertions from patent “trolls” or non-practicing entities (NPEs). The report is authored by Professor Colleen Chien, Associate Professor of Law at Santa Clara Law, who is nationally known for her research and publications surrounding domestic and international patent law and policy issues.

OTI's Red Hook Digital Stewards Bring Internet Access to New York City Housing Authority Facility

July 30, 2013

Tiwan Burrus (RHI) and Katherine Ortiz (RHI) attaching a PicoStation to a roof mount.

A 20-computer public computer center hosted at the New York City Housing Authority’s (NYCHA) Miccio Recreation Center now has Internet access following a day of installations by young adults trained by the Open Technology Institute (OTI), the Red Hook Initiative (RHI) and Brooklyn Fiber. Five Red Hook “Digital Stewards,” young adults engaged in a New York City workforce development effort, installed 6 new wireless routers into the Red Hook WiFi network in the beginning of July 2013. The Stewards connected two new partner institutions to RHI’s existing Red Hook Network with these installations - adding a local school and the NYCHA Miccio Recreation Center to a set of partners including churches, local residents and the Red Hook Initiative’s building. The public areas surrounding these buildings now have access to the Internet as well as local applications running on the neighborhood website.

Tidepools is Mobile Ready!

July 19, 2013

The Tidepools team at the Open Technology Institute just introduced a new mobile version of Tidepools (Beta 0.3), featuring an overhauled interface and code base at the Allied Media Conference in Detroit. This Tidepools instance helped attendees navigate and document the conference with ease. Read more about OTI at AMC here and about the Commotion Wireless mesh network here.


The 2013 Allied Media Conference MagicNet, powered by Digital Stewards and Commotion

July 17, 2013
At this year’s Allied Media Conference, the Open Technology Institute partnered with local Detroit Digital Stewards and Red Hook Digital Stewards from Brooklyn to construct a conference-wide mesh wireless network, MagicNet.

The Open Technology Institute endorses the Battle of the Mesh v6

March 26, 2013
Wireless Battle of the Mesh Logo

Since 2009, wireless mesh enthusiasts and community networking activists from across the globe have come together for a tournament of a social nature:  "Wireless Battle of the Mesh"

Happy Internet Freedom Day

  • By
  • Marvin Ammori,
  • New America Foundation
January 18, 2013 |

One year ago, in the aftermath of the Internet “blackout” staged to protest copyright legislation, Wikipedia founder Jimmy Wales explained why the online shutdown was so powerful. The blackout, he said, got “the attention of Congress.” Now, “they realize they can’t just listen to Hollywood.

The WCIT Wake-Up Call: Time To Broaden the Discussion on Internet Governance

December 6, 2012

A similar version of this blog post also appeared on Global Voices Advocacy on Friday, December 7, 2012.

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