Friday, January 27, 2006

Wireless Networking in the Developing World

Networking is perhaps one of the most important tools currently available to deal with global development and help raise people’s standard of living. It is no panacea, of course, but just as many of use couldn’t do business without being constantly networked, how could we hope that others in developing countries raise their own standard of living and grow their own economies without the same tools.

The Wireless Networking in the Developing World is a step by step guide to help people design and develop their own wireless networks. It is free for download under a Creative Commons license. There is also a wiki for added online conversation. There are a lot of these sorts of “grassroots networking” projects, and I think taken in aggregate, they hold a lot of potential.

Although there is indeed an impressive list of contributors, nice to see that Cisco Distinguished Engineers Jim Forster is among this list.

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