tales of a connected city
tales of a connected city
wireless community networks
reseau citoyen: user-run wireless citynetwork
pictures taken in my hometown: brussels, belgium
the strange meshing of impersonal and personal forces in technological action
how to build a tin can waveguide WiFi antenna
rotor | RDF181
bna-bbot : about
...and later this year...: building a simple crystal radio +antenna
wednesday april 04, 2007
Most wireless community network projects are coordinated by citywide user groups who freely share information and help using the Internet. They often spring up as a grassroots movement offering free, anonymous Internet access to anyone with WiFi capability.
Many of these community networks are run on a voluntary basis and can be compared to other voluntary groups focussed around local issues. Like other voluntary groups they have sometimes found their greatest challenges are not technical (e.g. developing affordable internet access in a local area) but social; encouraging and sustaining volunteer input, a critical mass of users, and devising a sustainable organisational model. Some groups have splintered as individual participants follow their own goals or found it difficult to maintain a user base when large corporate internet service suppliers have reduced the price of broadband connectivity and increased availability.
reseau citoyen is a project for a user-run wireless network (for internet access) via wi-fi, free of big operators, run by the people for the people.
Réseau Citoyen is not an organisation, it's much more a phenomenon...
Beside its technological aspects, "Réseau Citoyen" is a vector for ideas ..
the strange meshing of impersonal and personal forces in technological action | Adrian Mackenzie more print
"... Technological action both abstracts from and concretises existing social relations. It generates singular intersections of historically and materially specific impersonal and personal forces. Critical thought might learn something from this. It could find ways of accompanying and relating to these forces, ways of entering into and experimenting with the other-directed power relations they precipitate."
how to build a tin can waveguide WiFi antenna | http://www.turnpoint.net/wireless/cantennahowto.html more print
RDF181 is a temporary structure on a wasteland in the center of Brussels. For one year, it will house Rotor's headquarters as well as occasional exhibitions and meetings. It will disappear at the end of 2007.
RDF181 is an initiative of Maarten Gielen, Lionel Devlieger, Mia Schmallenbach and Tristan Boniver
...and later this year...: building a simple crystal radio +antenna | workshop by guy de bièvre more print
A crystal radio is the distilled essence of a radio. It has very few parts, it needs no batteries or other power source, and it can be built in a short time out of things you can find around the house.
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