DiY WiFi: Re-imagining Connectivity by K. Jungnickel

By K. Jungnickel

In accordance with broad fieldwork, Jungnickel's study into neighborhood WiFi networking explores the cutting edge electronic cultures of standard humans making extra-ordinary issues. dedicated to creating 'ournet, now not the internet', those electronic tinkerers re-inscribe instant broadband know-how with new meanings and re-imagined chances of use.

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Although there is a desire to connect to the network, it is not a requirement of being in the group because as illustrated by Jason and Julie, even achieving a connection to the network does not guarantee staying connected to the network. 0009 The ‘Barbie’ and WiFi  35–50. Half are dressed in variations of beige trousers and short-sleeved collared shirts, having arrived from office jobs. Others wear shorts or jeans, t-shirts and trainers, with backpacks or computer satchels over one shoulder.

Jungnickel, Katrina. DiY WiFi: Re-imagining Connectivity. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014. 0008. 0008 Studying Backyard Technologists  Background to the research Tim: The initial driving force apart from the general playing with computers and stuff was the fact that Adelaide in particular was behind the eight ball with regards to broadband technology. ADSL had only just been introduced. Cable internet, we slowly found out, was never really going to be rolled out in Adelaide. Whereas the eastern states were getting it really heavily rolled out by Telstra.

However, for me, it provided access to even more of the group’s visual and cultural practices. In addition to meetings and public Open Day events, I volunteered at antenna-raising installations, maintenance and tinkering sessions, attended ‘Tech Nests’ in member’s backyards and ‘stumbled’ for digital noise. I also attempted to get connected to the network from my house, and although unsuccessful it provided a means for understanding the process through which new antennas are linked into the infrastructure and the network expands across the city.

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