Category Archives: Community Networks

On Supporting Service Selection for Collaborative Multi-Cloud Ecosystems in Community Networks (IEEE AINA 2015)

Felix presented our work about exploring the role decision support systems in cloud infrastructures built in community networks at IEEE AINA 2015 (24-27 March 2015 in Gwangiu, South Korea). This involved my work with Victor Muntes-Mulero and his team at CA Labs on MODAClouds project, and with Felix Freitag on Clommunity project. Here is the abstract of the paper:

Internet and communication technologies have lowered the costs for communities to collaborate, leading to new services and collectively built infrastructures like community networks. Community networks get formed when individuals and local organisations from a geographic area team up to create and run a community-owned IP network to satisfy the community’s demand for ICT, such as facilitating Internet access and providing services of local interest. To address the limitation and enhance utility of community networks, we deploy collaborative clouds in community networks that allow interesting applications to be developed for serving local needs of communities. Such collaborative clouds employ resources contributed by the members of the community network for provisioning infrastructure and software services, and adapt to the specific social, economic and technical characteristics of the community networks. We need to support mechanisms that provide assistance in cloud service selection while taking into account different aspects pertaining to associated risks in community clouds, quality concerns of the users and cost limitations specifically in multi-clouds ecosystems. This paper proposes a risk-cost-quality based decision support system to assist the community cloud users to select the most appropriate cloud services meeting their needs. The proposed framework not only increases the ease of adoption of community clouds by providing assistance to users in cloud service selection, but also provides insights into the improvement of community clouds based on user behaviour.

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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.