CoLRN - A Community-Based Vision for Local Resilient Networks

Iitumba, Ndinelao and Shinde, Siddhant and Ortega, Deysi and Bagalkot, Naveen and Verdezoto, Nervo and Manuel, Ganief and Dinesh, TB and Densmore, Melissa (2023) CoLRN - A Community-Based Vision for Local Resilient Networks, Proceedings of ACM SIGCAS/SIGCHI Conference on Computing and Sustainable Societies(COMPASS 2023), 16-19 August 2023, Cape Town, South Africa, 55, 1-4, University of Cape Town.

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In this research, we share our findings from a series of design workshops with community wireless network members and their users in India and Africa to develop a community-based vision for resilient local networks. We simultaneously leveraged existing projects in India and South Africa around network management interfaces and local content creation to evaluate our design strategies to foster resilience and effectiveness in empowering community networks. Through this work, we identified the challenges and opportunities for innovative approaches to leveraging networked technologies to bring communities together to learn from each other on how they manage and use their community network. We highlight key opportunities to explore a) infrastructural resilience through community-centred design of network management tools, and b) novel approaches to support content creation tapping community desires to capture local knowledge, through annotation of digital stories and production of radio content.

Item Type: Conference poster
Uncontrolled Keywords: Community Networks, Network Management, Content Creation, Speculative Design, Co-design
Subjects: Human-centered computing > Human computer interaction (HCI) > Empirical studies in HCI
Date Deposited: 10 Nov 2023 14:51
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2023 14:51

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