From the community wireless summit - a conference in illinois
Please join us for an event pivotal to the future of community networking and progressive spectrum policy:
THE 2004 NATIONAL SUMMIT FOR COMMUNITY WIRELESS NETWORKS
August 20-22, 2004 @ the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
Key topics of discussion include:
* Wireless broadband access as a public utility
* Programming, installing, and implementing community wireless networks
* Low-cost, high speed broadband for underserved communities
* Cutting edge technologies for independent, community media
* Breakthrough opportunities for local government, local educators
* Unlicensed spectrum as an open access, public media system
* Critical policy debates going on NOW in Washington
*** http://communitywirelesssummit.org/ ***
Do community wireless networks really serve the populations they ought to reach, and if not, what needs to be done? What is the future of the FCC's unlicensed spectrum policies that enable the innovations behind community wireless technologies? Can dozens of independently-operating community wireless initiatives join together to create a positive future for the movement?
On August 20-22, 2004, the Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network, Free Press, and Prairienet Community Network will host the 2004 National Summit for Community Wireless Networks. It will be the largest community wireless networking event to date and will bring technology and policy leaders, decision-makers, researchers, and other participants in wireless networking and community networking initiatives together for the express purpose of discussing policy issues and practical solutions to problems facing community wireless networks.
Researchers and developers will present breakthrough technologies for public service broadband applications. In addition to discussing technological challenges and best-practices models, the event will facilitate the critical alliance of local technologists and national policy advocates. These meetings will build strategic plans for expanding the deployment of community wireless networks and for ensuring that the federal government regulates spectrum to increase unlicensed access.
Confirmed speakers include representatives from:
* New America Foundation
* Media Access Project
* Free Press
* Austin Wireless City Project
* Prometheus Radio Project
* Champaign-Urbana Community Wireless Network
Other participants include individuals affiliated with the following organizations:
* Association for Community Networking
* Center for Neighborhood Technology
* Cornell College (IA)
* National Center for Supercomputing Applications
* NYC Wireless
* Personal Telco
* Prairienet Community Network
* Roving Planet, Inc.
* Seattle Wireless
* University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
* University of Wisconsin - Madison
Be sure to register at http://communitywirelesssummit.org/register before August 1, 2004 to take advantage of the lowest registration rates! For additional information, please visit http://communitywirelesssummit.org/
If you or your organization would like more information or would like to make a financial contribution to support the Summit, please e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Michael D. Brunelle, MSLIS
Community Technology Outreach Coordinator
Prairienet Community Network
Graduate School of Library and Information Science
University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign
510 East Daniel Street, Champaign, IL 61820
phone 217-718-4549, email email@example.com
Netflix for reaching the People
, via Lessig
Greenwald’s style for distributing documentaries may be the beginning of something new — political criticism, using interviews and clips, making a strong political point, distributed through DVDs and political action groups.
Consider the costs - rumor has it that netflix gets charged about 70 cents per movie (round-trip) it distributes via dvd. Consider the cost of manufacture of a CD with 5 minutes of video clips as 5 cents, or a dvd as a buck.... call it two bucks a pop. Say you want to get your message out, unaltered by the media magnet's conciousness-stream - for 100k you could distribute a pep talk video to 50,000 groups on dvd (to be shared - multiple times!, reburned, and distributed back into the streets) - far less than what it would cost for a single ad on nationwide prime-time-tv - which voters aren't watching much these days anyway....
Ah... bypassing the fifth estate to get the message out. I long for the death of the 30 second sound bite and for actual discussion of the issues - how many people would view entire speeches of their favorite (and also, most hated) political candidates, if mailed to their door?
I would. Well, at least once.