ΣIn the frame of the UNIVERSSE 2017 international conference, Sarantaporo.gr is taking part in the discussion on "Digital Infrastructure as a Common", which will take place on Sunday, 11/06, at 12.30 pm in the "Cronos" Hall at the Agricultural University of Athens.
In a historic time when our lives are increasingly digital, citizens are forced to use digital services of the state, knowledge is released as never before, and culture and historical memory leave their digital footprints on the internet forever, an important part of the population continues to live in isolation. Where the state "fails" and businesses "do not want", in the cracks of a dominant economic system, citizens' initiatives, such as the Sarantaporo.gr wireless community network, sprout up.
With a vision of a thriving province that provides incentives and opportunities for its people to stay in the place they grew up, enjoying a lively life, our mission is to eliminate the digital divide that exists in every remote village. We have been doing this in the village of Sarantaporo, Elassona area since 2010 by building a community infrastructure for digital telecommunications and training locals in the use of new technologies.
In Sunday's talk we will share the narrative of building this venture from the perspective of "forgotten" people who are now learning to speak the language of technology through their everyday practice and experience.
Put the “router-aki” (the small router) in the doctor's house so he can prescribe us medicines
A granny from the village
About the Conference
A "universe" of organizations, initiatives, citizens' movements, academics, cooperatives, thinkers, alliances and movements is being formed these days at the Agricultural School of Athens, in the framework of UNIVERSSE 2017 (4th Pan-European Conference on Social and Economic Affairs). The conference starts on Friday 09/06/2017 at 6pm and will last until Sunday 11/06/2017 in the afternoon.
The purpose of the international conference, according to the organizers, is "to hold a meeting of those working to promote and develop the Social and Solidarity Economy". Through this meeting they hope that an osmosis will be initiated, through the exchange of experiences and best practices between the participants, which is part of an open process and at the same time a "call to action". The point is to outline the boundaries of a new social and economic paradigm that has begun to emerge in recent years at a global level, which proposes solidarity, equal participation, social justice for all.