Hi Nico,

What you are writting about is an issue of great importance for all community networks, as -in my opinion- is the ground on which the CNs can buid their added value for the local communities and materialize a significant competitive advantage vis-a-vis the incumbents. 

In Sarantaporo we have not yet deployed local services of mass use, but we have some insights from our local community on what could be useful. In short:
- web cams to watch over their properties (houses, animal farms, etc)
- e-learning platform (e.g. Moodle, edX, ...) to facilitate distant learning, such as basic computer usage, online security, personal data, mobile phone usage, ..
- local hosting and storage service for their farming data, produced via local digital farming services (like farmOS etc)
- bulettin board in the CN splash page for local news, festivities and announcements

We have yet to prove that some or all of the above and still others are elements that can provide local value. It is in our near future plans to experiment on that.


On Tue, Jul 24, 2018, 11:31 PM Monic Meisel <monic@monic.de> wrote:
Dear Nico,

sounds interesting :)

In freifunk we just have some web cams and minecraft servers that are used actively and some local repositories ... no one used our experiments with diaspora as fb alternative or voip services over time.

In ancient times we run a local mirror of wikipedia... or did some live streaming from a band in a bar. we also had shared tv settop boxes :)

My idea of local content for refugee camps never came to live due to capacity limits to organize coops with people who could provide educational contents or faqs or other relevant stuff. also we would have switched roles to decide, what kind of content is there, if we would have organized it ... or at least you need to organize and enable it in a very open way and educate even more ... content opens a new dimension in terms of liability and responsibility and so on ...

My experience is, it would be hard to explain, if there is internet access at the same time ... only if there is no www access there is a use case and strong need for local services or content. and the idea of content centric networks (first ask your neighbor before you reach out further) is not common or implemented ...

just my 5cents, hope it helps?
best monic

> Am 24.07.2018 um 22:03 schrieb Nicolás Echániz <nicoechaniz@altermundi.net>:
> Hi CNSIGers,
> I'm in the process of writing an article on local content in community
> networks for the GISSWatch 2018. I'm focusing on our experience, but I'd
> like to mention relevant initiatives or examples from other communities.
> If anyone wishes to share a paragraph on experiences you have taken part
> of, please contact me or just share in reply to this e-mail.
> Thank you all in advance!
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