As a tool the Commotion Wireless Project has been used in a range of situations and locales. However as a concept, it has helped raise the profile and possibility of mesh networking.
People should have greater agency and control over their data. Can the collection and use of data be democratized? Can a democratic society collect and use data responsibly, and with the consent of citizens? Can people have greater access and input on how their data is used and why?
The growing disparity between the quality of the Internet in urban areas compared to rural communities is scandalous. It reflects the self-interest that governs Internet infrastructure.
Digital decision making tools are becoming increasingly accessible and applicable to our societies. Decidim (meaning “to decide” in Catalan) is a free and open source platform developed by and for the city of Barcelona, that is now being adapted and used by communities around the world.
There’s a growing number of municipalities who are recognizing the value of community owned infrastructure.
AI is tyrannical by default, due to the false assumption that it has to be centralized, unresponsive, unaccountable, and inevitable. Yet there’s no reason why AI can’t be democratized. Imagine for a moment that we live in such a world. What would that look like?
In this issue let’s take a look at the platform pol.is and the growing role it is playing in changing politics and legitimizing the use of digital tools for democracy.
Broadband populism finally seems to be having its moment. The combination of high prices and low quality service has not only provoked a growing number of people to complain, but it is now incentivizing politicians to regard telecom reform as a viable and popular policy.
In a bid to get attention and demonstrate their desire to take Britain in a radical new direction, the UK Labour party, under the leadership of Jeremy Corbyn, has proposed free fibre to the home, i.e. broadband communism. Free, fast, and unlimited Internet access for all British people.
Prioritizing a better internet connection is an important short term policy that will enable a broad range of long term policies.