Aug 042017

Dear All,

You are cordially invited to the upcoming seminar with details below

Speaker: Roger Baig Viñas

Title: Community Networks

Community Networks (CNs) are acknowledged drivers for a truly empowering Internet Inclusion, as they imply the involvement of the communities in the design, construction, maintenance and operation of their own telecommunications infrastructure. Fostering their adoption poses an excellent opportunity for contributing to extend the internet in an inclusive and democratic manner. Nevertheless, their horizontal and participative nature poses challenges in many knowledge areas. For instance, technical solutions must be put in place to lower the technical barriers as much as possible to enable effective
involvement of citizens; legal certainty and fair distribution of costs and efforts is required to protect investments; etc. This seminar is aimed at triggering the discussion on how the academia can help to address these challenges. To do so, we have organise it in two parts, the first as a presentation and the second the debate. In the presentation, we will review the most relevant challenges and we will make a short summary of how they have been faced by –the largest community network in the world with over 40.000 nodes. We encourage everybody to join, regardless the background, because contributions of all kinds are welcome in participatory projects as community networks.

Roger Baig Viñas received his degree in Industrial Engineering (2002) at the Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya (UPC) and currently is doing a PhD at the same univeristy. In 2011, he joined the Foundation for the Neutral, Free and Open Network – as a
researcher. He has been volunteering in the community network since 2006. There he has actively contributed in many aspects such as organising community events, promoting projects, giving talks, etc. and has gained a broad knowledge about community networks. His current research interests are focused on community networks, including dynamic routing protocols, socio-economics and management of community networks.

For more details, please go to the link

Venue: Eng 324

Time and Date: 2 to 3 PM, Wednesday, 16/08/2017

Please keep the dates in your calendar

Any comments, advice would be appreciated.

 Posted by on August 4, 2017