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We invite you to the next session of the X4D Talks on December 15th 1600PST/16th 0530IST to be hosted by Kurtis Heimerl (Assistant Professor, University of Washington) on Community Networks. Our speakers include the following:
Assistant Professor, Virginia Tech, USA
When Community Meets Commercial
Community networks are often positioned in contrast, or even opposition, to “traditional” commercial networks. In this talk, I will present experiences from developing and implementing systems that attempt to facilitate cooperation between community networks, small-scale ISPs, and commercial mobile operators. These deployments illustrate the tensions and opportunities that exist for these different models of network operation to complement and learn from each other.
Associate Professor, University of the Philippines
Village Base Station Project
I will share insights from the Village Base Station Project in the Philippines. Our experiences in project implementation reiterate the point that community networks require a corresponding social infrastructure. Its promise as a form of inclusive technology at a scaled-up level may be best realized when the technology package and research design pay more careful attention to appropriate and participatory community organizing approaches.
Nisarat Tansakul and Adisorn Lertsinsrubtavee Internet Education and Research Lab, Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand
Smart Village with TakNet
In this talk, we will briefly introduce a community network, TakNet, in Thailand. The network was physically set up by student volunteers in 2013 and is now operating by the community with technical support from a research lab, intERLab/AIT. In recent years, TakNet is moving towards smart village with environmental monitoring using IoT (HAZEMON) and distributed ledger services for the community (BaangPun). WIth IoT and distributed ledger infrastructure implanted, exciting applications are expected to follow.
Mark Buell/Jane Coffin
When: December 15th 1600PST/16th 0530IST