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January 19th – January 22nd 2014, Dagstuhl Seminar 14042

Do-it-yourself Networking: an Interdisciplinary Approach

Organizers

Panayotis Antoniadis (ETH Zürich, CH)
Jörg Ott (Aalto University, FI)
Andrea Passarella (CNR - Pisa, IT)


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Documents

Dagstuhl Report, Volume 4, Issue 1 Dagstuhl Report
Aims & Scope
List of Participants
Shared Documents
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Summary

The key objective of the seminar was to bring together a diverse group of researchers and practitioners to reflect on technological and social issues related to the use of local wireless networks that operate outside the public Internet. We managed to bring together a quite balanced group of 32 people with expertise in the design and implementation of wireless ad hoc networks of various types, human-computer interaction, community informatics, urban interaction design, ethnography, media studies, arts and design.

Interdisciplinary interactions took place successfully around specific application areas for which the use of do-it-yourself networks is meaningful. More specifically, we explored the use of such networks for supporting the creation of transient communities of different size and duration, political activism, and similarity matching. In addition, an in depth exploration of the concept of failure provided a useful framework for addressing various challenges in bridging the gap between theory and practice, scientific and social objectives.

Our main finding was that there are certain assumptions that need to be carefully understood and important requirements that need to be fulfilled in order for DIY networking to become a feasible, and desirable, option for shaping the hybrid space of contemporary cities. That calls for a closer collaboration between experts from different fields and disciplines. For this, the most important achievement of our seminar was the balanced and productive interactions between engineers and social scientists around a concrete topic, and the general feeling that a new interdisciplinary community around the topic of DIY networking is meaningful and a goal worth pursuing. Indeed, concrete plans for facilitating the formation and expansion of such a community through online communication and face-to-face meetings, research visits, and common projects between participants that met in Dagstuhl for the first time are already under way.

When things get so big, I don't trust them at all
You want some control - you've got to keep it small
D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y. D.I.Y.
- Peter Gabriel

License
Creative Commons BY 3.0 Unported license
Panayotis Antoniadis and Jörg Ott and Andrea Passarella

Classification

  • Mobile Computing
  • Networks
  • Society / Human-computer Interaction

Keywords

  • Community Wireless Networks
  • Mobile Networking
  • Delay-Tolerant Networking
  • Ad-hoc Networking
  • Ownership
  • Hybrid Communities
  • Urban Planning
  • Urban Art

Book exhibition

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