The Othernet Engineering program is a paid ( $15/hr ) 3-4 month long commitment that requires approximately 5 hours of work a week ( perhaps more in the summer ). Many of these hours will be in workshops where engineers will learn: how the internet works, how to get started programming a computer, how to set up a network. Our hope is that by working closely with the community and building collaborative tools that foster creativity on the network, the Bushwick Othernet will become a useful community resource. This network needs to be a place for the neighborhood to be creative. The more that we can facilitate creativity and the arts on this network, the more of a culture will develop around it. This is why we are working with teenagers.
The Othernet is built collaboratively with young adults from the neighborhood. Our current engineers are: Andy Gimma, Dhruv Mehrotra, Edwin Reed-Sanchez, Shennelle Bingham, Danasia Robinson,Logan Best, Jose Díaz, and Devon Robinson
Orientation began May 13. This sessions involved an overview of the othernet project ( see Timeline ). The session also saw a lively discussion of the lack of representation on the internet, and strategized on how to make a respectful inclusive network. Devon Robinson lead a workshop about introductory networking. And Dhruv Mehrotra spoke about seeing infrastructure. We talked bout managing expectations, and generally got to know eachother.
Packet Sniffing Workshop
This workshop took place Saturday May 19 at Eyebeam. It was lead by Surya Mattu. This workshop is ideal for those who are interested in learning how to packet sniff or learn what that even means. We will use Herbivore, an open source tool that demystifies the world of network packets for the uninitiated. A handful of packet sniffing libraries and desktop applications already exist for analyzing network packets, but they were designed for people who have programming experience or a network engineering background; they were not designed as educational tools for people without technical backgrounds. In this workshop we will go through the basics of what packet sniffing means, run through a few exercises and let you try it out.
Infrastructure Walking Tour
Took place on Monday 5/20. The Internet is everywhere if you look hard enough. This infrastructure walking tour, inspired and lead by Ingrid Burrington, was a walking tour for the Othernet Engineers to try and see the cloud. See more from the walking tour
Using New York as her point of reference and more than fifty color illustrations as her map, Burrington takes us on a tour of the urban network: she decodes spray-painted sidewalk markings, reveals the history behind cryptic manhole covers, shuffles us past subway cameras and giant carrier hotels, and peppers our journey with background stories about the NYPD’s surveillance apparatus, twentieth-century telecommunication monopolies, high frequency trading on Wall Street, and the downtown building that houses the FBI’s Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Installation of Central Node
The central node of the network is located at POWRPLNT. For many of us this installation was our first, and we ran into a lot of trouble along the way. We began installation Sunday, May 27 at 10:00 AM and ended around 8:00PM. There was a lot of periodic rain and wind, which made the installation a bit treacherous, but we were able to install the networking infrastructure by the end of the day. See Installation of the central node
Command Line Boot Camp
Code of Conduct
- I will exhibit respect for my fellow colleagues at all times (even in cases of disagreement)
- I will respect the provided equipment and use it only for the intended purposes of the program under supervision from Othernet.
- I will bring a willingness to engage, learn and share knowledge with fellow students.
- I will communicate with supervisors about any problems and/or concerns that arise during the program.
- During discussions, I will be fully engaged (actively listening / taking notes) even if I feel like I have nothing to contribute to the conversation.
- I will take notes during all lectures
- I will document assigned tasks on blog.othernet.xyz.
- I will complete all assigned tasks.
- I will use welcoming and inclusive language
- I will be respectful of differing viewpoints and experiences
- I will gracefully accept constructive criticism
- I will focusing on what is best for the community
- I will show empathy towards other community members