with Sarah Grant & Amelia Marzec
Presented by Eyebeam
Hosted by NYU Tandon School of Engineering
October 24-25, 2015
Radical Networks is a two-day conference of speakers, panels and workshops designed to introduce the community to DIY networking.
From mass surveillance to the over-commercialization of the Internet, the technology that we depend upon for community and connection is being compromised. The recent accessibility of networking technology through devices such as the Raspberry Pi and software such as BATMAN Adv has made it affordable and possible for everyday citizens to learn how to design their own web servers and networks.
Participants were invited to:
- learn how to create their own offline networks, portable web servers, mesh networks or internet gateways in hands on workshops
- attend panels where to discuss their visions for how a localized network could support their school, their community, or their cause
- listen to speakers talk about the future of computer networks and why it’s important to understand how networks work in this age of hyper-connectivity.
The conference was organized around the following questions and themes:
What would you do with your own network?
Why does it matter to understand how networks work?
Why do community networks matter?
How could free, open local networks benefit people?
What can networks be used for other than social networking and commercial use?
To understand how the technology can be used as a method of control and how to subvert that.
Teach people how to use networking technology for themselves.
Encourage creative and social exploration with computer networks.
Promoting free and open networks built with free and open hardware and software.
Decentralizing the control of where networks exist and what and whom are served by them.
Maintaining control of our own content, hardware, and means of deployment.
Community and free expression first.