Joshua Breitbart

Senior Research Fellow, Open Technology Institute

As a former senior advisor for New America Foundation's Open Technology Institute, Joshua Breitbart coordinated a team of researchers, organizers, graphic designers and technologists to learn how people adopt new technologies and participate in discussions of telecommunications policy. Our projects included public computer centers, broadband adoption programs, and wireless network deployments, which we are conducting in partnership with government agencies, research institutions, civil society organizations, educators and entrepreneurs.


Mr. Breitbart was formerly the Policy Director for People's Production House, which provides media education in New York and Washington, DC. At People's Production House, he initiated participant-driven investigations into media policy and communications technology, including “The Internet is Serious Business,” produced in partnership with the Center for Urban Pedagogy, for which he was a founding board member. As Policy Director, Mr. Breitbart drew on these investigation in testifying before city and state officials and in filings with federal agencies on matters including mobile broadband, net neutrality, the digital television transition, and government transparency.


Mr. Breitbart has extensive experience in participatory media, having worked in print, web, and video, including co-founding Brooklyn's Rooftop Films in 1998 and serving as an editor and organizer with Indymedia from 2000-2004. Mr. Breitbart was the Communications Director for Media Tank in Philadelphia, PA, where he led the Philadelphia Grassroots Cable Coalition and conducted an investigation into the city's Wireless Philadelphia initiative, which was published by New America Foundation in 2007. He was a founding board member of the Center for Urban Pedagogy and, from 2002-2007, he was an organizer of the Allied Media Conference, based in Detroit, MI, which he still attends every year.


Mr. Breitbart grew up in Brooklyn, has a B.A. in American History from Columbia University and is an alumnus of Deep Springs College.

All Work

RESILIENT COMMUNITIES and NEW AMERICA NYC
Digital and Environmental Justice in the Era of Climate Change

Access to inclusive technology is critical to participation in all areas of community-building, including the fight against climate change.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Telecommunications Policy and the Future of Work

The challenge of telecom policy for the future of work is fundamentally about parity between workers and employers in the information age.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE and RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
OTI Proposes Wireless Networks for Resilience in NYC

A series of mesh networks and community-based Digital Stewards trainings will make New York City more resilient.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
WiFi to the Rescue? | The Wave

For Josh Breitbart of the OTI, the success of the mesh network is really up to the community. He says it builds on neighbor-to-neighbor conn


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
OTI seeks partners for resilience project in New York City

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE and RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
OTI seeks partners for resilience project in New York City

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
A Victory for Digital Justice (Your Tax Dollars at Work)

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
A Network Model of Broadband Adoption: Using Twitter to Document Detroit Future

Detroit Future and the #detroitfuture hashtag provide a rich case study for understanding how an emerging digital network grows and evolves.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
Methodology for Identifying and Addressing Urban Areas with Low Broadband Adoption

This brief describes the different phases of research to prepare for planning and managing broadband interventions at various scales.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
OTI seeks new Field Operations Director

OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE and RESILIENT COMMUNITIES
Wireless organizing in Detroit: Churches as networked sites in under–resourced urban areas

Access to the Internet is a vital resource in low supply in low–income urban communities in the U.S.


OPEN TECHNOLOGY INSTITUTE
OTI at the 2013 Allied Media Conference