• Digital Equity Laboratory

  • Digitall Equity Lab
    Digital Stewards from The Point CDC survey locations to install equipment for Free Hunts Point Community WiFi. Photo by Danny R. Peralta; © 2017 Danny R. Peralta
  • About

    The Digital Equity Laboratory uncovers and addresses structural inequities that persist and evolve as technology transforms our cultural, social, and political systems.

    The laboratory:

    • Practices applied research, technical support, and national, state and local policy strategy to advance digital equity
    • Brings together practitioners, scholars, organizers, and policymakers to create cross-sector leadership on key digital equity issues
    • Creates career and practical opportunity ladders for students, graduates, companies, and communities interested in exploring and building equitable technology ecosystems

    Key issue areas:

    • Equitable models of digital access, including holistic and accountable broadband infrastructure systems
    • “Digital Sanctuary” and other digital equity frameworks for online privacy, safety, and cyber-security
    • Smart city and edge tech innovations and their potential benefits and risks for underrepresented and vulnerable communities


    Maya Wiley, Founder and Co-Director

    Maya Wiley is a nationally renowned expert on racial justice and equity. She has litigated, lobbied the U.S. Congress, and developed programs to transform structural racism in the United States and South Africa. Ms. Wiley is currently the Senior Vice President for Social Justice at The New School and the Henry Cohen Professor of Urban Policy and Management at The New School’s Milano School of International Affairs, Management, and Urban Policy. Prior to working with The New School, Ms. Wiley served as counsel to the Mayor of the City of New York from 2014 to 2016. As Mayor Bill de Blasio’s chief legal advisor and a member of his Senior Cabinet, Wiley led the mayor’s efforts to expand affordable broadband access across New York City, advancing civil and human rights and gender equity and increasing the effectiveness of the city's support for minority- and women-owned business enterprises. Before serving in the administration, Ms. Wiley was the founder and president of the Center for Social Inclusion.

    Greta Byrum, Co-Director

    Greta Byrum reimagines the way we design, build, control, and govern communications systems. As Co-Director of the Digital Equity Laboratory at The New School in New York City, she builds digital justice through applied research, community projects, and policy strategy. Previously Byrum founded the Resilient Communities program at New America, where she developed and led Resilient Networks NYC, an initiative bringing training, tools, and equipment for storm-hardened mesh WiFi to five neighborhoods in NYC's flood plains. Byrum was a 2017 Harvard Loeb Fellow and currently serves on the boards of the New Harmony Earth Sanctuary and the METRO New York Libraries Council.

    Launch Symposium

    To support collaboration and strategic intervention to support greater digital equity locally and nationally, DEL hosted its first all-day symposium on March 20, 2018 to share innovative local models for advancing digital equity, identify critical areas for intervention, including the online 2020 Census, Automated Decision-Making, Open Internet Rules, broadband ownership models and alliance building. 

    View a recording of the morning talks from the Launch Symposium.

  • Speakers

    • Mignon Clyburn, Commissioner, Federal Communications Commission
    • Miguel Gamiño, Chief Technology Officer for the City of New York
    • Shireen Santosham, Chief Innovation Officer for the City of San José, California
    • Andrew Rasiej, Founder, Civic Hall and the Personal Democracy Forum
    • Diana Nucera, Director, Detroit Community Technology Project
    • Steve Choi, Executive Director, New York Immigration Coalition
    • Una Lee, Creative Director, And Also Too
    • Jenny Lee, Executive Director, Allied Media Projects & Founding Member, Detroit Digital Justice Coalition
    • Danny Peralta, Executive Director, The Point CDC & Member, New York Environmental Justice Alliance
    • Gigi Sohn, Distinguished Fellow at the Georgetown Law Institute for Technology Law & Policy; Mozilla Technology Policy Fellow; Former Counselor to the Chairman, Federal Communications Commission

Submit your application


To apply to any of our Bachelor's programs (Except the Bachelor's Program for Adult Transfer Students) complete and submit the Common App online.

Graduates and Adult Learners

To apply to any of our Master's, Doctural, Professional Studies Diploma, Graduate Certificate, or Associate's programs, or to apply to the Bachelor's Program for Adult and Transfer Students, complete and submit the New School Online Application.