Touring remote communities to preach open-source Wi-Fi

A team, called Informal and made of European wireless and open-source specialists, is going on a global roadshow to demonstrate the benefits of wireless networks to developing countries from Tajikistan to Ghana, Nepal, the Philippines, China and India.

Their ambition is to empower non-governmental organisations (NGOs) to own, operate and grow their own Internet infrastructure using wireless technology such as mesh networking.

The group hopes its action would allow local communities without traditional telecoms infrastructure to communicate more effectively.

But Informal’s motivations are not purely altruistic. “A side effect of these projects is that it keeps us in touch with technical and creative developments in areas most companies don’t look at, it keeps our roots in the real world,” declared lead team member Simon Crab.

From ZD Net.