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My TEDx talk on the Village Telco and the Mesh Potato

My TEDx talk on the Village Telco and the Mesh Potato

Project: http://villagetelco.org
Event site: http://www.tedxnewtown.co.za/
More about TEDx: http://www.tedx.com

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  • The Village Telco and The Mesh Potato a TEDx talk 18 September 2009 Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org blog: http://manypossibilities.net skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong
  • Connectedness
  • The average Kenyan spends more than 50% of their disposable income on mobile services.
  • Communication Networks 12 Efficiencies Innovation
  • 1. Tinkering is the new inventing
  • “Economic growth occurs whenever people take resources and rearrange them in ways that are more valuable. A useful metaphor for production in an economy comes from the kitchen. To create valuable final products, we mix inexpensive ingredients together according to a recipe.” - Paul Romer http://www.econlib.org/library/Enc/EconomicGrowth.html
  • What would happen if everyone had the freedom to tinker and adapt their telephone networks?
  • 2. Emergence is the new order
  • From a mechanistic metaphor...
  • ... to a more organic, living metaphor
  • Telephone Internet Infrastructure Infrastructure
  • What would happen if we could deploy telephone networks more like Internet networks?
  • 3. Quantity is the new quality
  • Google's Search Servers Lots of inexpensive commodity technology outperforms expensive custom made servers.
  • What would happen if telephone infrastructure were so cheap anyone could deploy it?
  • 4. Atoms are the new bits
  • The Cantenna
  • What would happen if we could design our own telecom infrastructure?
  • paradigm shift
  • 1995 Walled gardens
  • 2009 Walled gardens
  • expensive, locked down telecoms in Africa + cheap, tinkerable, broadband technology = opportunity
  • Village telco workshop June 2008
  • Elektra Rael Lissoos David Rowe
  • Early 2009
  • 2011?
  • Come join us! http://villagetelco.org
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  • Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org blog: http://manypossibilities.net skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong