Wed. May 31st – Monthly Meeting: Plan OneWebDay!

Wednesday, May 31st, 2006 at 7:15pm

Bway.net
568 Broadway at Prince St, NE corner
Suite 404
New York, NY 10012

Agenda

  1. OneWebDay: Susan Crawford will talk about OneWebDay. A short presentation to be followed by 30 minutes for brainstorming. We’d like to generate ideas about what the wireless community and other media/technology groups in New York might plan as part of OneWebDay. Attendees are encouraged to read the FAQ beforehand.
  2. NYCwireless Parks 2006 — Dana Spiegel will report on his recent City Council testimony, and give status report on NYCw Parks deployments.

OneWebDay is one day a year when we all – everyone around the physical globe – can celebrate the Web and what it means to us as individuals, organizations, and communities. It is celebrated on September 22 every year, starting in 2006.

Groups and individuals all around the world are coming up with their own ways of celebrating the Web on OneWebDay. We hope the celebrations will affirm Web values in ways that actually advance those values (connection, creativity, collaboration!).

This is going to be a planning party that asks the question: What are you going to do for OneWebDay?

Volunteers Needed: Brooklyn Bridge Park Network Installation on Monday, May 22

We will be installing of the Brooklyn Bridge Park on this Monday, May 22 at 5:30pm. Please email me (dana at nycwireless.net) directly if you are interested in participating. We will be installing the hotspot plus 2 antennas, doing some spectrum analysis, and also checking the coverage of the hotspot in the park.

We need your help to make this project a success, so please try to help out with this installation.

News Stories from about NYC Council Hearing on Parks-based Wi-Fi

Here are some news stories from yesterday’s hearing on the NYC Parks Department and their plans for hotspots.

New York Times: Deadline Set for Wireless Internet in Parks

NYCwireless, a nonprofit group that did the technical work for those projects, has also set up networks at Union Square, Tompkins Square and Stuyvesant Cove Parks, and is building a network at Brooklyn Bridge Park this year.

So far, the city’s own efforts have paled compared with those achievements by private groups.

New York Sun: New York Parks To Offer Free Web Access

For the many New Yorkers seemingly locked to their laptops, the expansion of wireless access cannot come fast enough. But one suggestion at yesterday’s hearing – taking Wi-Fi to the city’s beaches – had even a leading wireless advocate issuing words of caution: “I think it’s a wonderful idea, but you have to be careful about getting sand in your laptop,” the executive director of NYCwireless, Dana Spiegel, said.

Newsday: Wireless Internet access urged for NYC parks

We believe that free Internet is an amenity and should be provided to all New Yorkers just as grass, trees and benches are,” said Dana Spiegel, executive director of NYCwireless, a nonprofit organization that has worked with business groups and park boosters to set up wireless Internet access in several parks and open spaces.

More Headlines

New York Post: CENTRAL PK. TO BECOME A WEB SITE
WNBC: Techies Urge Wireless Web Access In NYC Park
WCBS: Wi-Fi Internet Access In NYC Parks?
SILive: Wireless Internet access urged for NYC parks
Spotlighting News: New York Central Park With WiFi
All Headline News: Deadline Set For Wireless Internet In Parks
Technology Review: Wi-Fi Coming to Parks in New York City

NYCwireless Partners with Urban Research TV

NYCwireless is working with Urban Research TV, an urban research think tank, to explore topics relating to the intersection between wireless telecommunications infrastructure, urban space and architecture.

Urban Research TV includes an open discussion forum on Public Space/Urban Design, Art/Culture, Housing/Real Estate, Post-Industrial Society, and Architecture.