Article: “Wikimedia has shown that the web can continue to be an open space for free knowledge,” according to researcher Pablo Aragón

Access, Knowledge, Open Source

“Wikimedia has shown that the web can continue to be an open space for free knowledge,” according to researcher Pablo Aragón

Aragón explains that in recent decades there has been a profound change in the ways of accessing information, working, and producing goods. At the same time, society has witnessed how the paradigmatic model of a distributed web where knowledge flowed freely has been deteriorating.

The researcher explains that the Internet has become an infrastructure dominated by a few platforms that concentrate activity, limit access to content and commercially exploit citizens’ data, sometimes with terrible consequences.

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Article: Let’s utilize unused fiber to expand broadband access

Dark Fiber

Let’s utilize unused fiber to expand broadband access

Over the last year, the lack of broadband access in New Mexico was on full display. Our expansive state needs innovative, cost-effective solutions to this problem.

We are business leaders, spanning six different sectors, taking part in the Leadership Albuquerque program through the Greater Albuquerque Chamber of Commerce. We believe broadband access is critical to our economic growth and well-being. Broadband brings people together – teachers to students, doctors to patients, first responders to the sick or hurting, and family members to one another. It enables the connections we need in order to learn, grow and lead productive and healthy lives.

As such, we support Senate Bill 360, which would allow unused fiber – called “dark fiber” – that is already in the ground across New Mexico to extend broadband access to rural communities. Sponsored by Sen. Michael Padilla, D-Albuquerque, the bill would reduce the need to build new broadband infrastructure across miles and miles of land by using what we already have to reach our most vulnerable communities.

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Penguin: Open Source Civics in Spain

Data, Design

Medialab Prado: Applying the Open Source Ethic to Civic Innovation

An open data project is exploring new ways to use shareable databases in creative, public-spirited ways.

Now Medialab Prado is trying to go global with its civic incubation model. In September and October, it will be hosting a MOOC course (in Spanish) on “how to grow your own citizen laboratory and build networks of cooperation.” The idea is to foster very localized citizen innovation labs, even in rural areas, by helping people learn how to host prototyping workshops, use helpful digital tools, issue open calls to identify projects and collaborators, and run communication plans, mediation, documentation, evaluation, etc.

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