Morlock Elloi on Sat, 20 Oct 2007 14:29:06 +0200 (CEST)

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Re: <nettime> Community WiFi in UK and Germany, a round-up

Actually, the Internet is my personal entertainment device, as the
rest of the Universe. I understand that this is in collision with the
prevalent fashion of higher causes and justifications, but that's how
it is.

The point about Internet-enabling untapped databases is valid. But
such enterprises are not really related to providing access to
end-users, except as demand-creating vehicle. It is a local issue, ie.
Kazahstanis getting access which prompts Kazahstan national library
to digitize information, etc. Those scenarios do happen and digging
into such newly exhibited archives is probably ther most rewarding
experience the Internet provides these days.

But in this thread the subject was the last mile in the, let's face
it, highly-developed environments where all protagonists already have
'regular' access. Is the real issue preserving the quality of the
access by factoring out current provider interests, or just enabling
the less affluent to have the same interest-laden access? For my
entertainment purposes, the former is more important.

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