Radical Networks gathered developers, artists and designers coming from all over the the world for two intensive and productive days filled with presentations, panel discussions and workshops on themes such as mesh networks, distributed telecommunication systems, DIY networking, portable web servers etc. Some of the highlights and key speakers were: Sophie Toupin “Anti-Colonial Hacking” – a case study of an autonomous encrypted communication network developed during the struggle against apartheid in South Africa; “Alternet” by Sarah T. Gold – an insight into how a decentralized approach could radically reshape the governance and control of the digital infrastructures we use everyday and “In The Final Days Of The WWW” – a showcase of various artistic interventions by Dennis de Bel and Roel Roscam Abbing. The whole program can be found here: http://radicalnetworks.org/program/ and a live stream of the presentations at: http://livestream.com/internetsociety
The workshop group of participants consisted of developers, designers, illustrators, a community garden leader and NYC Public Library developer. The participants although coming from different context, and having different expectations were all familiar with programming specifically text-based Unix programs (command-line tools). This helped us to achieve the workshop goals in the short span of time available. Given their knowledge we were also able to solve a couple of issues that occurred during the process. These strategies were noted down during the workshop and currently incorporate Bibliotecha’s manual and the body of knowledge that develops around the project. By the end of the work session, all participants had a working Bibliotecha node, which they could bring home and use further An interesting discussion on Bibliotecha and other book-sharing tools and strategies took place towards the end of the workshop about possible implementations of bibliotecha. For instance NYC busy subway network was discussed as a potential infrastructure to facilitate free sharing of electronic books.
Our participation at Radical Networks also made us more certain of the potential of bibliotecha and are string to further developed into a more stable tool, but also to seeking alliance with other collective that speculate on the future of books and reading, such as Hackers and Designers initiative and Read-in collective.
- Our participation at Radical Networks was made possible with the financial support of Small Contribution Voucher generously provided by Creative Industries Fund NL.