CoP 3 log | Local servers, services and content

***Recording & notes

(mp4) https://videos.apc.org/u/apc/m/community-of-practice-active-local-services-kickoff-session/

***Some food for thoughts…

*** CoP 3 - Local services (billing, network management, content, local media)***

Billing and Network management (Tunapanda, La Difference, Wakoma, C-DOT(PM WANI)/BAIF, Asorcom, Servelots, UJRC)

  • What different billing platforms are in use? How does Pirania integrate with billing platforms? How to control QOS across the mesh network?

  • What accountability and billing strategies are needed in CNs and which are the usecases for them? (time bound, bandwidth bound, amount of traffic-bound, time bank-bound, …)

Content/local media (REDES, Servelots/Janastu, PsP, Sula Batsu, Intervozes, TIC, Altermundi)

  • What hardware/software options/use cases are there? What are the relative benefits of different offline and online application hosting management platforms such as Nimble, and Yunohost? What role for elrepo.io and other local content propagation tools such as SSB?

  • What services are wanted/needed (e.g streaming - audio and video, blogging, captive portal, educational platforms…)? How to do collective implementation, management and maintenance of them?

  • Is content/media production a way to also generate income for community members and engage youth, elders and women? How?

Captive Portal Pirania (Angie, Luandro, Altermundi, Coolab, potential India group) –

  • What are the captive portal development needs for LibreMesh based Pirania? Can they be integrated directly into Open-WRT or used with Ubiquiti and Mikrotik kit, what are the limitations of other commercial captive portals and how they integrate with LibreMesh?
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Have there been no followup proposals or sessions in CoP 3 since Apr 1 (omg… it was an April 1st meeting … lol). Am asking as we had gmail issue with lists apc notifications, and then lost track of further notifications. While in Active Infrastructure CoP (maybe its an alias for CoP 2) we decided on using Telegram as an alternative and moved forward. Update: I now think the lists notification to gmail issue is fixed.

We the COW CoPs are head-over-heals on wanting to bring local services to CNs. Beyond chat communication tools and Nextcloud local cloud, some of the services we want (and are working on) are 1. Captive Portal like platform that help map CN resources (inclusive of resource narratives) and 2. tools for hyper-media archiving, publishing and discovery of local media as a community of practice (where the links get established between different media fragments as more from the community annotate fragments of the media content as they hear/see it).

One such tool/service that we feel can be a proposal here is what maybe called Community Radio app (web and phone). In brief this app makes it easy to curate and program audio/video content (of the day) for the community.

Am hoping that such app would be generally useful for many CNs, especially, if we can cobuild it or collaboratively spec it.

COWherds here will be happy to hear from you all. And (is it the last day to propose) to maybe work on a proposal to deliver content on our local servers for our listeners.

PS: if any of you have references to such a simple app or have developed one or are using one, please share that info.