BUILDING COMMUNITY WITH THE HELP OF INFORMATION AND COMMUNICATIONS
TECHNOLOGIES – OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES
Wed, 25/1/2017 6pm
University of Westminster, 309 Regent St, London W1B 2HW
Accessing the Internet day in, day out is part of everyday life. But we
take for granted that the way we access the Internet is via a service
provider, usually among the largest for-profit corporations in the
world. We rarely think about whether there are alternative forms of
Internet infrastructure that do not operate access as profitable
business. This event explores community networks as alternative forms of
Internet access and presents two talks on community networks by experts
who come from academia and industry.
Prof Claire Wallace, University of Aberdeen, will present work carried
out in Aberdeen among four rural communities that have used information
technology in different ways to help build community networks and an
enhanced sense of identity and social cohesion. The research was
sponsored by the EPSRC as part of the Cultures and Communities Network+
initiative and as part of the Aberdeen Digital Economy hub.
Adam Burns, member of the netCommons project advisory board and a
long-time community network practitioner, will talk about his
experiences, motivations, and the realities of community networks. He
will report on how from his experience alternative Internet access and
infrastructure can be organised and what the opportunities and
challenges are in doing so.
This public event is organised by the Westminster Institute for Advanced
Studies (WIAS) in the context of the EU Horizon2020 project netCommons
Forthcoming WIAS events:
Fri, Feb 3: China’s Economic Transformation in the New Media Era,
Fri, March 3: The Unreality of Reality TV: From "After Dark" towards
Twitter, Big Data, and "Big Brother"
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