A breakthrough in getting Liberty Square residents online in their own homes

Liberty Square WiFi community initiative is a culmination of years of hard work and dedication of people inside and outside the Miami community. Though not the first effort to bring Internet access to the community, our project is a breakthrough in getting Liberty Square residents online in their own homes.

The Education Effect

In September 2011, FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Schools established The Education Effect, a partnership between the university and the community to improve educational outcome in Liberty City. This was the beginning of hands-on community involvement in the area.

The overarching goal of our partnership is to ensure all students graduate from Miami Northwestern and are prepared to enter college or careers.

The beginning of hands-on community involvement

Florida International University

In summer of 2016, Professor Moses Shumow of the FIU School of Journalism and Mass Communications and his class began working in Liberty Square. Their goal was to tell community stories to an community storytelling site.

Liberty Square Rising by embedding themselves in the community, students were able to talking personally with residents and uncovering untold histories of the people who live there.

Screen Shot of LibertySquareRising.com
Liberty Square Rising was created to let residents take back their community by talking about what it meant to them.

Through this work, they were able to bring attention to the dire need for Internet access in Liberty Square.

Bridging the Digital Divide

Through this site, we want to create a community space and provide the tools residents need to get online. FIU and Miami-Dade County Public Housing and Development will continue to work closely to ensure we meet the needs of Liberty Square and to help bridge the digital divide.

Special Thanks to Red Hook WiFi, a similar community project in Brooklyn, New York.