The 12th Internet Governance Forum (IGF17) was held this year in Geneva from December 18th - 21st, with the theme "Shaping Your Digital Future!". Sarantaporo.gr was there, invited by the US One World Connected to co-form the digital future with activists, civil society organizations, government and non-governmental organizations around the world.
The conference program was interactive, featuring 8 main events, 99 workshops and 45 open forums among many other discussions and meetings. The conference was attended by 2019 participants from 142 countries, while 1661 people followed it online from all over the world.
On Thursday, December 28, 2017 all the node-owners, volunteers, supporters and new stakeholders of the Sarantaporo.gr Wireless Community Network will meet at the Throne Tavern in the village of Pythio (Elassona Municipality) at 5pm.
We want to celebrate all together the year full of action and creativity for our community network. At this meeting we have some very nice news to share with the community (spoiler alert: the network will continue to upgrade in 2018). We want this pleasant event to be a warm welcome to new networking friends, potential new members of our community. Together we will share a review of the past year’s actions, plan new actions for the upcoming year and update our commitment to the team's vision of creating opportunities for growth and prosperity in the region.
The event is open to anyone interested in attending. We are waiting for you!
During the recent months something extraordinary has been happening with the wireless community network Sarantaporo.gr. Starting in May 2017, on the occasion of a grant from The People's Trust, Sarantaporo.gr team began upgrading the backbone network equipment and switching to next-generation wireless networking technologies for better access within the settlements. The results are impressive in several villages involved in the project, especially in those, where the residents have decided to invest themselves in the purchase of new equipment (eg. Sarantaporo, Mikro Eleftherochori, Kokkinopilos). The speed of the network is clearly upgraded, so that even more of our fellow citizens can be served, and at the same time the quality has improved significantly, with an even more stable and reliable connection.
The improvement of the network has resulted from the collaborative work of the Sarantaporo.gr core team with local partners (node-owners/volunteers) in the villages. Starting with the need for internet access and lacking technical knowledge, some of our locals approached the team and stated their availability to support and develop their local village network. Today, these people, having enriched their knowledge of how the network operates, have joined Sarantaporo.gr's local affiliates. Their participation enables them to oversee the operation of the network, react immediately and effectively in the event of a failure, participate in decision-making to expand the network, communicate directly with each other and with the coreteam of Sarantaporo.gr NPO via a private group of volunteers at Telegram designed for this purpose and of course enjoying significantly improved internet connectivity.
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.