People’s Tech Project supports the national technology justice movement and Philadelphia community organizations to win a future in which technology helps build dignity, justice and liberation, rather than exacerbating oppression and harm in the hands of big corporations and the state.
Building off of Movement Alliance Project’s fifteen-year history building power at the intersection of race, technology, and inequality, People’s Tech helps local community organizations in Philadelphia assess how technology aggravates the conditions they face, and supports them to wield that assessment in their campaigns to break down barriers to dignity, justice and liberation. With seasoned and trusted relationships across local and national movements, People’s Tech also helps the tech justice movement and larger justice movements to develop and unite around a shared positive vision for tech as a part of a liberated world, and to build the strategy to get there.
People’s Tech’s leadership has been at the center of some of the tech justice movement’s most important campaigns and wins over the past decade, including Comcast accountable to provide affordable internet to people and communities in its hometown of Philadelphia, the poorest big city in America.
While at MAP, People’s Tech leadership successfully pushed Comcast to expand digital inclusion resources like affordable and free internet packages, internet use trainings, and discount computers to communities throughout the pandemic and beyond. In partnership with dozens of community organizations, they helped transform the way the movement to end mass incarceration understands and organizes against harmful and biased risk-assessment algorithms embedded in court decisionmaking.