Red Hook WIFI, 2010–present
Red Hook WIFI is a community-led effort designed to close the digital divide, generate economic opportunity, ease access to essential services, and improve quality of life for the more than 11,000 residents of this underserved neighborhood. Red Hook Initiative deployed a wireless mesh network, which proved to be a resilient infrastructure during a natural disaster. Installed, maintained, and promoted by Digital Stewards, young adults from the community, the network became the primary communication stream for residents when the Internet failed after Superstorm Sandy hit the area.
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This object was previously on display as a part of the exhibition By the People: Designing a Better America.