06 February 2013

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Digital Divide Meeting #2


  • Chris, Alcides, Matt, Jenny, Marina, Max, Tammy, Travia

Outreach to Dig Divide Orgs: Pitch

  • 1. Tell the story of what's been happening in Oakland
    • Code for Oakland
    • CityCamp Oakland
    • Upcoming Hackathon/Event 'Open Data Day'
        1. oakmeeting - hashtag for Oakland Wiki "non-technical" track to produce narratives around politics and policies in Oakland
  • To make Oakland and, in particular technology in Oakland, open and accessible to a wide diversity of people
  • Community and neighborhoods
  • 2. Not trying to do the work that you're already doing, but to collaborate with ongoing efforts; serve as a hub / communications medium /
  • network of facilitators working together
  • 3. Go later in depth on the projects Open Oakland is involved in:
    • Eg; Adopt-a-Drain
      • public records, crime, blight, etc;
  • Fill out survey of needs / activities
  • 4. Call to Action
    • Invite them to:
      • Open Data Day Feb 23rd
      • OpenOakland meetings
      • Networking Meetup?
  • 5. Ask if they've any other questions
  • Need the poetry and a range of words / phrases


  • Ask to visit spaces/volunteer.
    • Fridays are best, prioritize weekends and evenings
  • Send out a basic survey? --> Or just fill out their info on the wiki
  • Fill out their info on Oakland Wiki for your organization, then put it on Calendar
  • Write up interview questions for Digital Divide orgs (Jenny, beginning below)
  • Email group with responses
  • Common meeting?

Next Meeting

  • Tuesday the 19th at City Hall

Sample Questions

  • Who are you already working with / who would you like to collaborate with?


  • Oakland Technology West
    • Giant warehouse full of obsolete and sometimes-current hardware / laptops / desktops
    • Can put in 20 hours for a free desktop or laptop or "bucks"
    • 1st Saturday distribution day
    • Domingo runs Adult Education programs
      • --> in need of instructors
    • Internet was not working
    • Skill set differing between cleaning computers to a need for instructors
  • Also contacted VMWare


  • Address how intrusive we may or wouldn't be

510pen Meeting #2


Alcides, Marc, Jenny, JC, David, George, Miguel


  • Ham Radio Licenses allow for broadcasting up to 2.4Ghz
    • Free class to procure ham radio license in one day at Noisebridge March 17th
    • Has to be amateur / not paid-for services
    • Can't be encrypted (What does that mean for HTTPS?)
    • Definitely an area that needs further research!
  • Hook into Downtown Berkeley WiFi?
  • Hackerspace Darknets (accessible to other hackerspaces)
  • Bounce a signal off the moon / other satellites
  • Direct connect several nodes (Andrew's place/Vagabond Ballroom; Mark B's House, Adeline House, Sudo Room, Media Alliance, node in East Oakland)
  • Need for directional antennas
    • Should we make antennas?
    • Lasers?
      • 10 mbps (RONJA)
      • Not good in the rain
  • Location triangulation
  • Suggestion: East Bay Communications Resilience Group
  • Software-defined radios
  • Low-bandwidth radio receivers
  • Boats in the bay could receive long-distance comms, for instance
  • OpenBTS
  • MonkeyBrains as backhaul for a mesh network
  • Burning Man Community / San Francisco dark fiber opps
  • JC - mobile ad hoc mesh network
    • CB Radio backpacks for berkeley protest peacekeepers as inspiration for mobile ad hoc networks
    • Starts with communication (voice, over data)
  • Solar power system for mesh box and mobile phone
  • Pay phones as mesh nodes for anonymous hot-spotting
  • Peet's running on a mesh backbone?
  • Open Mesh - uses batman-adv, NG firmware
  • ALIX
  • AIS - boat radio communications
  • Emergency Broadcast Band - airwaves set aside
  • Cognitive Radio to detect currently broadcasting signals


  • Mobile ad hoc networks
    • 4GB of data to sync across the nodes
    • Using git to update the nodes
    • People moving around feeding the network
  • Mycelia - geospatial mapping via decentralized databases for inventory management, project and skill matching (talk to marc juul and jenny if you want to work on this project!)
  • Router Reuse Program - Proposed sudo room project :D
  • DC415 - DefCon mesh in SF

Action Items

  • Inventory / Donations of hardware
    • Open call to hackerspaces for surplus routers / wifi devices
    • ANTAC wifi cable modems
  • Base repository of information
  • Get a mesh node running at sudo room!
  • Field survey trip to visit existing nodes
  • Box in a Bag for activists
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