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Introduction

From:
Boggie, Matthew
Date:
2015-02-04 @ 15:45
Hi, all:

Panayotis advised that new members introduce themselves here, so to avoid
lurking, here's mine.

I'm the Executive Director of the R&D Lab at The New York Times. We
research trends in technologies – and the ways those technologies get
adopted – that will affect news, media, and communication in a 3-5 year
timeframe (so, a near future, but not so near as to be a new product idea.)

For offline networks, we specifically are thinking about how groups can
communicate when the broader network is unavailable or censored; how
offline networks can connect to the broader online world with protections
and policies for local participants; and how information itself can be
localized and available only in certain subnets or physical places. We're
just embarking on a few different research and prototyping efforts, so I'm
here to hear more about what people are working on, and when I can, to
share what we've done.

Thanks,
Matt

-- 
*Matt Boggie*
Executive Director, Research and Development
New York Times Company
O: 212.556-4683

[off.networks] Field Notes and Introduction

From:
Ileana Apostol
Date:
2015-02-04 @ 17:15
 

Hi all, 

Below I introduce myself and also answer briefly Minuette's three
questions. 

I am an urban researcher currently based in Zurich, Switzerland, and
co-founder of the nonprofit organization nethood.org. My research
interests regard in general the spatial production in the information
age, and the right to the hybrid city. 

1. What are Off Networks? Conceptually, the on-off dichotomy doesn't
seem to work in all cases as previously mentioned - is a beside- para-,
sub-, alter- or hybrid thereof? 

Indeed to me the 'off' denotes hybridity. As my preferences incline
toward a mix of online (global) and face-to-face (proximity) encounters
and communication, I see off-line technology playing an important role
as 'triangulator', stimulating exchanges between strangers in (hybrid)
spaces for public life. 

2. Why are Off Networks necessary today? 

Three main points (among many other reasons): for common activity and
exchanges with people located in physical proximity, having the
potential to build trust and shape some sense of community; for privacy
and anonymity; for customization according to local specificity.

3. What are the current blindspots, words of caution? (ease of use,
precarity, instability? Any specific accounts of what can go/went wrong)


Again three points :o) : digital divide; technically non-savvy users;
potential misuse of anonymity, of costly enforcement of rules/control,
and decentralization... 

I look forward to staying in touch through this list and also in future
face-to-face meetings :o) 

Best
ileana

-- 
Ileana Apostol, PhD
Limmatstrasse 209
CH-8005 Zurich
ileana@nethood.org