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World Summit For Free Information Infrastructures: NYCwireless (Oct 1 2005)

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World Summit For Free Information Infrastructures: NYCwireless (Oct 1 2005)

  1. 1. World Summit for Free Information Infrastructures: NYCwireless October 1, 2005 Laura Forlano and Dana Spiegel dana@nycwireless.net www.nycwireless.net This work is licensed under a Creative Commons Attribution 2.5 License
  2. 2. What is NYCwireless • Non-profit organization that advocates and helps create free public wireless networks • Promote Open Wireless Hotspots in Public Spaces • Provide a forum for Wireless Networking • Advocate of Wireless Community Networking • Promote public spectrum • “Using the Public Airwaves to Connect and Strengthen Communities in New York City” • http://www.nycwireless.net October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 2
  3. 3. Brief History • Founded in Summer 2001 by Anthony Townsend and Terry Schmidt to share use new Wi-Fi technology to share Internet with neighbors • Partnerships with New York City park organizations and business districts to provide free, public Internet access to citizens • Tompkins Square Park, Bryant Park, Union Square Park, City Hall Park, South Street Seaport and 7 other hotspots in lower Manhattan • Over 100 additional hotspots provided by local residents October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 3
  4. 4. Structure • All volunteer board of directors (7 members), special interest group (SIG) leaders and general members (approximately 60 members, $25/year) and listserv (700 members) • Applications, Arts and Social Impact SIGs • Monthly meetings (40-50 participants, always changing, diverse group) and SIG meetings (10-15 participants) October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 4
  5. 5. Engaging Community • More than technology • Get the community talking • Volunteer projects • Use wireless technology to transform and help local communities • Create and use facilitating software • Explore new forms of art made possibly through wireless technology • Engage commerce • Visibility October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 5
  6. 6. WifiDog • Open-source, centralized hotspot management system from IleSansFil in Montreal • Uses OpenWrt based Linksys Routers and other Linux APs • Provides a way to distribute local information and content • Set up as a local New York resource • Planning to integrate Freifunk Mesh October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 6
  7. 7. WifiDog (cont’d.) http://auth.nycwireless.net October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 7
  8. 8. Wi-Fi Thank You http://www.wifithankyou.com October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 8
  9. 9. Wi-Fi Thank You (cont’d.) http://www.wifithankyou.com October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 9
  10. 10. Neighbornode http://www.neighbornode.net October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 10
  11. 11. sociableCHAT http://www.sociableDESIGN.com October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 11
  12. 12. Art & Events • Reach out to extended, local communities • Use public space and demonstrate network • Add visibility to the organization and to the network • Make wireless accessible October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 12
  13. 13. Wireless Park Lab Days http://www.nycwireless.net/labdays October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 13
  14. 14. New York Live October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 14
  15. 15. Spectropolis (Oct. 1-3, 2004) http://www.spectropolis.info October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 15
  16. 16. Visibility October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 16
  17. 17. Outreach • Undertake projects that address social needs in New York City • Educate communities about wireless technologies • Bring free Wi-Fi to low-income and underprivileged areas • Create a sustainable network and social infrastructure October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 17
  18. 18. Community Access • Nonprofit organization providing transitional housing for mentally ill residents • 3 Buildings — East Village, Brooklyn, Bronx • Volunteers installed network • Performed site survey, developed budget for equipment and installed a wireless network • Ongoing technical support and follow-up study in progress October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 18
  19. 19. Katrina Disaster Relief • Terry Schmidt and Dustin Goodwin worked with Cisco to restore emergency communications in affected areas October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 19
  20. 20. Katrina Disaster Relief (cont’d.) October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 20
  21. 21. Katrina Relief October 1, 2005 World Summit on Free Information Infrastructures 21

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