Community Networks in the News

Below are some recent articles in the press about community networks.

It Takes a Village: The Rise of Community-Driven Infrastructure, The Atlantic

Networks of local residents can solve challenges more cheaply, quickly, and effectively than massive public-works projects. Because community networks are non-centralized, they carry less risk of wide-spread failure in an emergency.

Where Cellular Networks Don’t Exist, People Are Building Their Own, Wired

Strategically ignored by Mexico’s major telecoms, Yaee is putting itself on the mobile communications grid with the help of a Oaxaca-based telecommunications non-profit called Rhizomatica.

A Village Has What All of Italy Wants: The Internet, The New York Times

Over the last eight years, a professor and his team have built a wireless Internet network for the village with scavenged parts in Verrua Savoia, in northern Italy.

When the internet dies, meet the meshnet that survives, New Scientist

When superstorm Sandy hit the Brooklyn neighbourhood of Red Hook and the power went down, the OTI already had an experimental meshnet in place. The US Federal Emergency Management Agency managed to plug its high-bandwidth satellite uplink into it and instantly provided connectivity to the community and the Red Cross relief organisation.

From Keeping Away Snoops to Surmounting the Digital Divide, Mesh Networks are on the Rise, Tech President

From Somalia to Greece, from New York to rural Spain, an increasing number of communities around the world are taking back the right to build their own Internet, by setting up wireless communication networks.

Meshnet activists rebuilding the internet from scratch, New Scientist

Decentralised internet access in the hands of the people is just a start. The services they use must be decentralised, too.

How to Keep the NSA Out of Your Computer, Mother Jones

The notion of a truly independent global internet may still be a gleam in the eye of the meshers, but their visionary zeal is contagious. It harkens back to the early days of the digital universe, when the network consisted mostly of university scientists and researchers communicating among themselves without corporations sitting in the middle or government (that we know of) monitoring their chats. The goal then, as now, was both connection and control: an internet of one’s own.


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