Alternative Internet(s)

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    Alternative internet(s): will they develop in Latin America?

Alternative internet(s): will they develop in Latin America?

Renata Avila, a lawyer who works with the Web Foundation’s Web We Want initative, discusses the possibility of the emergence of alternative internets in Latin America, in the last post of our alternative internet(s) series.

We are facing a year of challenges in Latin America. The region is finally at peace, with the final ceasefire in Colombia, and is […]

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    Alternative civic architecture: maps of the alternative internet

Alternative civic architecture: maps of the alternative internet

Building wireless networks differently can illustrate different ways of occupying space and organizing access to communications.  In this latest post in our alternative internet(s) series, LSE’s Alison Powell discusses some of the ways that alternative internets have brought attention to architectural choices about networking, and highlights how these politicizations might be valuable in the age of the top-down “smart […]

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    From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

From personal computers to personal networks: are we ready for the DIY networking era?

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Panayotis Antoniadis, Senior Researcher at the Communication Systems Group at ETH Zürich, argues that we should be prepared for an explosion of personal and community wireless networks.

Wireless technology, cheap off-the-shelf hardware and free and open source software make it easier and easier for people with less-technical inclinations to build their […]

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    “Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

“Kickin’ The Clouds Away”: A rights-based approach for mesh networks as community media

In the latest post in our Alternative Internet(s) series, Argyro Karanasiou, Lecturer in IT & Media Law for the Centre for Intellectual Property Policy & Management (CIPPM) at Bournemouth University argues that policymakers must embrace decentralised Internet architectures as a way of breaking online informational monopolies.

Back in 1967, computer network pioneer Paul Baran described network communications as an unregulated public […]

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    Alternative internet(s): Governance by internet infrastructure

Alternative internet(s): Governance by internet infrastructure

Francesca Musiani is a researcher with the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS), affiliated with the Institute for Communication Sciences (ISCC). In this latest post in our series on alternative internet(s), she looks at the implications of governance by control of internet infrastructure.

Perhaps due to the snowball effect of the Snowden revelations, never in history have conflicts over […]

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    Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services

Alternative internet(s): the benefits and challenges of distributed services

In our series on alternative internet(s), Melanie Dulong de Rosnay, researcher at the French National Centre for Scientific Research (CNRS) Institute for Communication Sciences and a visiting fellow at the LSE, looks at the benefits and challenges of distributed internet architectures, including difficulties in assigning responsibility, liability, and identity. Read the introduction to the series that explains more about alternative internet(s) here. 
Activists are relying on alternative applications […]

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    Alternative internet(s) – what are they and do they have a future?

Alternative internet(s) – what are they and do they have a future?

This is the first post in a series on alternative internet(s), following a workshop on the topic at the LSE in September, organised by Mélanie Dulong de Rosnay, Francesca Musiani, Alison Powell and Panayotis Antoniadis.  The authors introduce the key topics that will be covered in the series here. 

The Internet has been conceived as a distributed, decentralized and self-organized […]