MojoMailMan – The Mail Must Go Through (painlessly!)

MojoMailMan

One of the areas we are exploring via our COWMesh project is enabling service specific access based on connectivity in rural and urban low income communities. This is one of the reasons that we found ourselves unable beyond a point to support the demands of the NetNeutrality debate that recently took over Indian cyberspace. The…

Disks on A Plane – Building The New Information Supply Chain

FlyingDisk

By way of open source development where possible and piracy where not, new innovation is enabling communities and individuals to experiment with building, owning and operating communications infrastructure. This is enabling strengthening of localized communication. At the same time the global nature of the Internet and the new opportunities it presents for peer to peer…

Barriers to Scale – Growth vs Replication

growth vs rep

This time in 2014 I was working the Ashoka Globalizer team in preparation for the Globalizer Summit in Bonn in June of that year to evaluate the work we were doing in terms of its readiness for global scale. The Globalizer exercise came with the great privilege of working with a world class consulting team…

Red Queen! – Low Tech Dev in a High Speed World

redqueen

I’m currently fighting a battle with a hardware vendor to get a piece of equipment replaced. The particular equipment in consideration is a router to be used by a school in remote rural Madhya Pradesh that has been functioning for over a decade with very little resources. Should my efforts be successful, they get email…

Back to the Future I – Building Networks in Connectivity Choked Rural India

DSC03100

Earlier this month I was at the Ranikajal Jeevanshala school in Kakrana, Madhya Pradesh, studying the region for possible applications of the COWMesh network design that we have been working with. Connectivity in India is interestingly distributed. The Internet is penetrating every day into new and hitherto unreached areas. However, and this is a big…

Silicon vs Carbon – Comparing Facebook Advertising with Organic Outreach

keyshav report

Keyshav Mor from Pune asked us how to leverage Facebook to market an event he was recently promoting. We suggested a comparison between Facebook’s paid publicity feature and organic outreach (i.e. silicon vs carbon). Here’s what he found – How often does one get an amazing idea for a business but gets stuck in the…

स्वतंत्र लोग, मजबूत नेटवर्क

20150703_193412

सामाजिक कार्य करने वाले लोगों एवं सन्स्थाओं की दुनिया में अधिकतर व्यक्तिगत असहमतियों और मनमुटाव की स्थितियों का तांता बन्धा रहता है। कई बार हम इन असहमतियों और मनमुटावों के बीच सामजिक कार्य के मूलभूत सिद्धान्तों से इतने दूर हो जाते हैं कि सामाजिक कार्य भी हमें असामाजिक सा बना देता है।   फिर भी…

PiFiTV – Combining New Media Models

PIFIINT3

Wi-Fi Mesh Wi-Fi, (802.11b/g) is a deregulated medium in most countries. Most internet users are familiar with Wi-Fi networks and most mobile devices today come equipped with an inbuilt Wi-Fi adapter. Typically Wi-Fi is set up in a hub-and-spoke configuration, where one Wi-Fi hub provides connectivity to many clients. The hub acts as a gateway…

%d bloggers like this: