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Timeline of Interviews and Attempts

February

March

  • 6th: Attempted Communication with Youth Movement Records - Organization that gets youth involved in music production and community leadership.
  • 6th-13th: Attempts to Schedule Interview with Spike at Urban Strategies - Oakland organization focused on transforming low-income communities.
  • 14th, 2-3pm: Angela Woodall - Reporter for the Oakland Tribune passionate about open data and app development, interested in discussing ideas for a crisis response app. Interview Notes
  • 18th, 3-4pm: Open Garden - Startup focused on developing more robust internet connectivity through creating a network of bluetooth-enabled devices. Interview Notes
  • 19th-22nd: Sustainable Economies Law Center - "Education, research and advocacy for just and resilient local economies." Correspondance with Ricardo/SELC

Informants

  • Mark Burdett - 510pen / EFF - Resuscitating an East Bay community mesh network, with a number of nodes deployed but currently inactive concentrated in East Oakland. Interested in integrating Tidepools.
  • Greg Bloom - Provisions Library - Failed community mesh project in DC, now developing a social services directory to integrate with LocalWiki.
  • Beau - The #Fort - Mobile hackerspace out of an ambulance, seeding grassroots pop-up hackerspaces across the U.S. Mobile mesh node.
  • Dennis - East Bay Job Developers - Dedicated to helping youth, low-income, formerly incarcerated, homeless, and veterans find jobs in the East Bay and learn basic digital literacy skills.
  • Bilal Ghalib - GEMSI.org - Starting and documenting makerspaces across the Middle East.

Still to reach out to

Interview Questions

For People Working on Mesh Projects

  • Who is this mesh network for? (What sorts of communities do you personally feel drawn to serving?)
  • How are you involved in your communities mesh network? What is your role?
  • What is the goal of this network/project? What are some of the problems you're looking to solve with your project?
    • (if this is a goal) How will the community mesh network enhance civic participation? face to face interaction?
  • What kinds of data do you see as important for residents / community members to have instantly available to them?
    • What information do individuals want to share with each other within a community?
  • What are the challenges that you see to making a community mesh network happen? What do you need to address these challenges?
  • Do you have funding for the project? What is it from?
  • What other organizations / projects (or types of organizations / projects ) are you going to be / hoping to collaborate with?

For Organizations Addressing Access to Technology

  • Who (e.g. groups and communities) does your organization serve?
  • What is your service / what do you provide for the community you serve?
  • What's your role in the organization?
  • How is your organization addressing the issue of access to technology in Oakland? What is your overall goal? How do you work to achieve that goal day to day?
  • What technologies / apps are you currently using? What do you use to organize? To socially network online and offline? To spread information? To solve problems?
  • What kinds of technologies are being used by the people you serve? What do you they to organize? To socially network online and offline? To spread information? To solve problems?
  • What resources do you wish you had access to day to day?
  • What kinds of data do you see as important for residents / community members to have instantly available to them?
  • What would you need in order to effectively achieve your mission?
  • What challenges do you face in achieving your mission? / What are some of the potential barriers to success for the organization?
  • What other sorts of organizations / projects are you working with or are you hoping to collaborate with?
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