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What is this?

The internet is a large communication network comprised of smaller networks. Its power is obvious – communication over great distances of wire has enabled virtual communities to come together, organize, share, and create. However, in our excitement about wide area communications we have neglected the local area, the physical communities in which our infrastructure lives. While the internet continues to develop into a tool for institutional control and corporate surveillance, we believe that the local area network can function as a site for resistance, coalition building, and disaster mitigation. The Othernet is a community wireless network. It is not the internet, but something else entirely.


This is the Othernet Wiki. It is the documentation for The Othernet.

Logo Designed by Joe Constantino
Logo Designed by Joe Constantino

The Reason

The internet is a large communication network comprised of smaller networks. Its power is obvious – communication over great distances of wire has enabled virtual communities to come together, organize, share, and create. However, in our excitement about wide area communications we have neglected the local area, the physical communities in which our infrastructure lives. While the internet continues to develop into a tool for institutional control and corporate surveillance, we believe that the local area network can function as a site for resistance, coalition building, and disaster mitigation.

The Engineers

The Othernet is built collaboratively with young adults from the neighborhood. You can learn more about the Othernet Engineers Program here. Our current engineers are: Andy Gimma, Dhruv Mehrotra, Edwin Reed-Sanchez, Shennelle Bingham, Danasia Robinson, Jose Díaz, and Devon Robinson

Flyer Designed by Scott Draft

The Infrastructure

The infrastructure is constantly evolving. Read more about our equipment here: Othernet Antennas, Othernet Routers, and Othernet Server.

The Software

Othernet runs a collection of offline software that is built for the neighborhood. The goal of the Othernet software is to facilitate communication over a local area network. The software is also meant be useful in the event of emergency or crisis. Currently we run: LiteList/Street Post, Webph.one, Chat.Othernet.

Partners

The Othernet would not be possible without our partners. These are the organizations that are currently supporting this project: NYC Mesh, Mozilla, Eyebeam, POWRPLNT, NYU RiskEcon® Lab, The New Inquiry.

Contact

For more information contact dhruv.mehrotra@eyebeam.org or othernet.bushwick@gmail.com

Thanks

Danja Vasiliev, Ingrid Burrington, Dan Phiffer, Benedetta Piantella, David Morducai, Samantha Kappagoda, John Dahan, Nico Pace, Logan Best, Lauren Gardener, Salome Asega, Stephanie Dinkins, BUFU, American Artist, Surya Mattu, Megan ... , Julian Oliver, Johnathan Morales, Leon Eckert, Melanie Hoff, Chino Kim, Sam Lavigne, Andrea Podob, Rachel Rosenfelt, Angelina Dreem