Andreas Broeckmann on Mon, 25 Feb 2002 10:38:05 +0100 (CET)

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Date: Fri, 22 Feb 2002 14:46:38 +0000
From: Leonard Latiff <>
Subject: <nettime> DIY Wireless In The East End

DIY Wireless In The East End

An East End project kicked off on the 16 February that will see the East
End from the city (EC2, Broadgate) to E14 connected by a wireless network.
One would think this was an ambitious project organised by the government
or the goodwill of corporations but what is particularly exciting is that
it falls under the umbrella of a project called YouAreHere. The brainchild
of Simon Worthington and the Ceci n'est pas un magazine paper, YouAreHere
is an artists and creative industries led project which sets out to inform
and network the East End creative industries community through trade and
debate.  Funded and supported by various bodies in the area including the
Princes Trust, the Bridge Project, CIDA, and the London Arts Board it had
its BETA testing on Saturday 16 February 2002 which saw connections
created between Mayor Street and Kingsland Road in Hackney which proved
the theory in practice.

Practical workshops concerning how to set up an aerial and the software
required will be based at Limehouse, the old town hall, which is a venue
supported by the Princes Trust and the Bridge Project Trust to create a
place for young volunteers to engage in training and community development
programmes. Other organisations that run events at Limehouse are Stitches
In Time and Twenteenth Century. A room at the top of the building has been
donated by the Bridges Project Trust to be used as a computer facility
which YouAreHere will be making use of to train members of the community.

They can use this for collaborative working between companies to either
share documents or ideas, individuals can publish and distribute their own
work, do live broadcasts, advertise events, and list local groups. All of
this on theback of a sense of community, rather than the billions that
telecom companies have recently spent on licenses.

Because of both the structure of the web tool and the way community
workshops are being set up the whole project relies on the participation
of users. The workshops will be made up of two main types, firstly
practical technology orientated sessions such as aerial building and
secondly 'result-orientated' round table discussions groups for example to
make plans for encouraging minority participation.

The idea for the community wireless network was started by James Stevens
of who, since June 2001, has been researching the technology
and its implementation as YouAreHere with Metamute.  YouAreHere is one of
many initiatives being developed by Metamute to create sustainable
cultural communities

The first public workshop for the project will be held on 28 Feb-1 Mar
11am-7pm, at Limehouse Town Hall 646 Commercial Road, London, E14 7HA.
There will be a press view 1 Mar 1-3pm and a party 1 Mar 8pm.  Please let
us know if you require any further information regarding the events or the
technology and whether you would like to attend.

Related websites:

Should you need any further information please feel free to contact
me or Simon Worthington.

Pictures can be found at the following web address:

Leonard Latiff
Press and Marketing
020 737 76949

Editors notes

Linked into this infrastructure is the vision to will enable the community
to interact in an online environment, without the overheads created by
corporate solutions, and enable them to take part and engage with each
other concerning local issues via a broadband network. A web tool called a
Twiki is already in place at the YouAreHere website which allows users to
exchange dialogue not only about issues effecting them but about their
needs and the possibility of collaborating on fulfilling through the
exchange of skills and equipment. Unique about the twiki system is that it
can be accessed via any web browser and allows users not only to change
the content of the site but also the structure and the way it functions.
They can build links to other pages both internally in the site or to
external websites users think might be useful. Unlike other web tools
there is an automated linking structure which automatically highlights
commonly used terms allowing users to follow the various strains of a
single discussions.

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