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My TEDx talk on the Village Telco and the Mesh Potato

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  • 1. 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
  • 2. Connectedness
  • 3. The average Kenyan spends more than 50% of their disposable income on mobile services.
  • 4. Communication Networks 12 Efficiencies Innovation
  • 5. 1. Tinkering is the new inventing
  • 6. “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
  • 7. What would happen if everyone had the freedom to tinker and adapt their telephone networks?
  • 8. 2. Emergence is the new order
  • 9. From a mechanistic metaphor...
  • 10. ... to a more organic, living metaphor
  • 11. Telephone Internet Infrastructure Infrastructure
  • 12. What would happen if we could deploy telephone networks more like Internet networks?
  • 13. 3. Quantity is the new quality
  • 14. Google's Search Servers Lots of inexpensive commodity technology outperforms expensive custom made servers.
  • 15. What would happen if telephone infrastructure were so cheap anyone could deploy it?
  • 16. 4. Atoms are the new bits
  • 17. The Cantenna
  • 18. What would happen if we could design our own telecom infrastructure?
  • 19. paradigm shift
  • 20. 1995 Walled gardens
  • 21. 2009 Walled gardens
  • 22. expensive, locked down telecoms in Africa + cheap, tinkerable, broadband technology = opportunity
  • 23. Village telco workshop June 2008
  • 24. Elektra Rael Lissoos David Rowe
  • 25. Early 2009
  • 26. 2011?
  • 27. Come join us! http://villagetelco.org
  • 28. Creative Commons Spice Market by GavinBell WRT54G by pabojon http://www.flickr.com/photos/gavinbell/35089898/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/pabojon/85742230/ BY NC ND BY NC SA Eric Schmidt, Sergey Brin, and Larry Page by Joi Linksys WRT54G Hacking by RobotSkirts http://www.flickr.com/photos/joi/2505321929 http://www.flickr.com/photos/hackaday/1455548596/ BY BY SA before the Internet... by Esthr Day 107 – Tinkering by JonSaunders http://www.flickr.com/photos/edyson/232866145/ www.flickr.com/photos/jonpsaunders/3452950823/ BY NC network neurons 2 by gerard79 Mosquitoe http://www.sxc.hu/browse.phtml?f=download&id=104392 www.uhh.hawaii.edu/.../images/joe-mosquito.jpg BY BY NC With Age Comes Complexity by Ecstaticist Google Server by NiallKennedy http://www.flickr.com/photos/ecstaticist/2969032490/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/niallkennedy/102932643 BY NC SA BY NC
  • 29. Creative Commons Paradigm shift keyboard USB hub installed into ASUS eeepc by ©h@n http://www.flickr.com/photos/askpang/327577395/ http://www.flickr.com/photos/jeffreychan/2736451852/ BY NC SA BY NC ND Internet Map hello, world by oskay http://commons.wikimedia.org/wiki/File:Internet_map_1 http://www.flickr.com/photos/oskay/472097903/ 024.jpg BY BY Eyes of Fubuki, #2 by krazydad / jbum Informal Settlement - by imraani http://www.flickr.com/photos/krazydad/39759836/ flickr.com/photos/la_grasse_matinee/2446701046 BY NC SA BY NC SA time by ŽakQ100 http://www.flickr.com/photos/zakq100/1576540418/ BY NC SA
  • 30. Steve Song Telecommunications Fellow Shuttleworth Foundation email: steve.song@shuttleworthfoundation.org blog: http://manypossibilities.net skype: steve_l_song twitter: stevesong