Terms such as “Do-It-Yourself networking“, „offline networks“ and „community wireless networks“ refer to a conceptual approach to the use of low-cost hardware and wireless technologies in deploying local communication networks that can operate independently from the public Internet, owned and controlled by local actors.
DIY networks can be easily set up without the need of accessing the internet and can connect those in de facto physical proximity, which together with the increased potential in privacy and autonomy as well as possibilities for inclusive access, are some of its particular characteristics. They are used to promote information exchanges, to raise location-based collective awareness, as a basis for fostering social cohesion, conviviality, knowledge sharing, empowerment and agency. Existing applications cater the diverse needs to be connected across space and time in many different context where communication is sensitive, difficult because of lacking infrastructure or where the generated data should remain in the possession of the community (there is no data transaction through the internet, a facet most interesting in the post-Snowden era).
Through learning about existing case studies of applications by communities around the globe, participants gained a comprehensive overview of the technology’s features, which were further discussed in a guest lecture delivered by Panayotis Antoniadis.
On this basis, workshop participants gathered in working groups in order to come up with ideas for applications within the working contexts of the participating members of the track.
The workshop was led by Andreas Unteidig and Lutz Reiter at the LivingFuture!-event at the Arab-Jewish Community Center (AJCC) in Tel Aviv-Yafo. The workshop was funded by the German-Israeli Future Forum Foundation (DIZF).