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Wireless Networks as a Low-Cost, Decentralized Alternative for the Developing World
Tomas Krag, informal & wire.less.dk

Track: Untethered
Date: Wednesday, February 11
Time: 11:00am - 11:45am
Location: California Ballroom C

Billions of people in the world have never been online. The Internet as a technology is a elitist tool, reserved for the few and unreachable by the many. This is a problem not likely to be solved by the commercial interests of existing telecommunications companies and existing ideas about expensive, centralized infrastructure.

But low-cost, decentralized wireless technologies could have an important role to play, in this respect. Their low price point and decentralized nature, and the openness of the standards, mean that these technologies are incredibly adaptable to new situations and new uses.

Informal and wire.less.dk are working to promote the use of wireless technologies (mainly 802.11) in the developing world. We are planning a Wireless Roadshow to teach local technology NGOs how wireless technologies can be used to bring Internet and intranet connectivity to those parts of the world not included in the plans of the commercial telecommunications companies.

Krag's presentation describes the Roadshow plan: "By teaching the skills with hands-on training, and at the same time building wireless networks in the countries we visit, we hope not only to raise awareness and heighten skillsets, but also gain the experience necessary to build a central repository of documentation and tools, targeted specifically at the developing world."

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