[Wsfii-Dharamsala] [wsfii-coord] Re: wsfii-coord Digest, Vol 11,
julian at informal.org.uk
Mon Mar 20 11:39:10 GMT 2006
On Sun, Mar 19, 2006 at 02:06:34AM +0100, Laird Brown wrote:
> On 18-Mar-06, at 12:00 PM, Julian Priest wrote:
> >At wsfii.london we had long conversations about the need for a really
> >international event once a year where people are brought together from
> >all over the world - a more international summit and a successor to
> >the series of annual events that preceded wsfii in berlin, djursland,
> >london etc. We eventually agreed that it was a good idea to have one
> >event this year where we could focus press and international
> On what, precisely?
That's a good question! Maybe its a question that should be asked on
The title world summits on free information infrastructures covers so
much. If you look at the London meeting programme here:
http://www.okfn.org/wsfii/london/programme.html you can see that there
was a very broad range of themes collected under the banner at that
meeting and one that is by no means complete.
>From previous posts on wsfii-discuss I remember Mike Lenczner
commenting that having all those themes together seemed to suggest a
coherent political philosophy but one that wasn't really
I guess that what you can say is that there are common themes running
through various free information infrastructures such as Do it
Yourself Infrastructure, Collaborative Production, Open Architectures,
Freedom of information, User Ownership and Control, Open Standards,
Open Culture etc..
Some people involved in wsfii have commented that this is too wide and
woolly a set of ideas to gather together in one event, but the feeling
I got from wsfii.london at least was that collecting these various
things together shows the edges between things.
The amazing http://wndw.net book that started life at wsfii is a
perfect example of this.
it is a book about building grass roots wireless networks
it is collaborativley authored
it is published under a creative commons license
it is distributed over the internet and by print on demmand
it draws on free software networking software
it is localised by its users.
Another way of thinking of it is that you have a freenetwork
infrastructure, then what can you do with it that is complimentary?
To be a bit more specific about what agenda could make use of the
publicity around wsfii.dharamsala I can talk a bit about from a
freenetworks perspective though I'm sure others would have other
One of the goals of the meetings we've been having in the last few
years is to show how wireless can be used to 'build your own' network
and telecoms infrastructure anywhere as an alternative where
commercial provission exists, and as the primary provission in the
huge number of places where there simply is no network of any kind.
This is particularly relevant in India this year as the law was
changed last february I believe to allow the use of 2.4 Ghz for
unlicenced use thereby clearing the way for people to legally build
their own networks. At around the same time the Indian government have
announced their mission 2007 which aims to connect India's 600,000
villages over the next years. Of course that is an enormous task and
Arun and others don't see how it can be done except by using the
stratagies of wireless networking and self provission.
So it was this context that led to India being the venue for the
_slightly more international_ wsfii for 2006 when we discussed in
Djursland and London.
Bringing attention to wsfii in dharamsala can help to show the
practical steps it takes for people to start building network
infrastructure for themselves in India and elsewhere. I personally
think that would be a very positive contribution.
Appologies if this all seems like either alot of repetition, or alot
of new information - there have been so many conversations about wsfii
over the last couple of years!
Does that make a bit of sense?
> We'd love to have you, and the rest of this gang too!
Thanks again for the invite and looking forward to it immensely.
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