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Sep 21, 2020

Future Tools: Open Drone Map

Future Tools: Open Drone Map

Open Drone Map, or ODM, is an open source photogrammetry toolkit that can process aerial imagery into maps, 3D models, and similar composite imagery.

Sep 16, 2020

Future Fibre: Cedar Falls Utilities

Future Fibre: Cedar Falls Utilities

CFU is another solid example of municipally own Internet infrastructure that is run by a municipal utility. Much like EPB in Tennessee, there seems to be a definite advantage for municipalities that have their own utility arms.

Aug 31, 2020

The radical benefits of virtual participation

The radical benefits of virtual participation

We tend to have a false collective assumption that health is binary. Either we’re healthy, or we’re sick. If we’re sick, we should be fixed, so we can be healthy again. Otherwise if we remain sick, we’re broken, and then tend to be marginalized by society and sometimes forgotten.

Aug 28, 2020

Future Tools: Qubes OS

Future Tools: Qubes OS

The Qubes operating system, while focusing on computer security, also illustrates an aspect of digital we tend to ignore or take for granted: that identity is fluid and flourishing.

Aug 26, 2020

Future Fibre: Ultra Broadband?!

Future Fibre: Ultra Broadband?!

One of the most important insights or lessons is the necessity of fibre optic connectivity rather than wireless. While this remains true in any community, it is particularly essential in rural and remote communities that are already suffering from expensive, slow, and unreliable access.

Aug 12, 2020

Future Tools: Parrot OS

Future Tools: Parrot OS

The Parrot Project is a great example of the versatility and security possible when using free and open source software. Today’s issue of Future Tools looks at Parrot OS, a secure operating system with a strong focus on privacy and cybersecurity.

Aug 5, 2020

Future Fibre: Althea

Future Fibre: Althea

Althea combines open source software, accessible hardware, cryptocurrency, and blockchain technology towards achieving a community ISP that can be set up anywhere.

Jul 23, 2020

Future Fibre: Ammon Idaho's open fibre utility

Future Fibre: Ammon Idaho's open fibre utility

Imagine if Internet was neither a significant monthly cost, nor congested due to low speeds and poor connection quality. This is what’s possible when the infrastructure is owned by the public, and the market is configured towards healthy competition.

Jun 26, 2020

Future Fibre: FairlawnGig

Future Fibre: FairlawnGig

FairlawnGig is a municipal broadband utility in Ohio that offers a stellar example of what communities can accomplish when taking control of their Internet.

Jun 16, 2020

Future Fibre: Ubiquiti

Future Fibre: Ubiquiti

Ubiquiti's role in the community and wireless internet provider industry has been substantive and has been a catalyst for their proliferation.

Jun 11, 2020

Facebook as Shadow Government

Facebook as Shadow Government

Facebook is not (as far as we know) overtly malicious and evil. Rather their aggressive and ambitious pursuit of their self interest (and bottom line) blinds them to the impact they have on media and society.