Participate in a Community Wireless Networks Study

Cédric Calvignac, a French PhD student, is conducting a study of Community Wireless Networks around the world. If you’d like to participate, please read below.

I’m a French PhD student in sociology. My research focuses on “innovations made by and for users”. I have decided to particularly focus on “Wireless Community Networks” which are illustrative of a new type of approach more autonomous, alternative and civic. For the last two years, I have been interviewing French members of “Wifi Community Networks”; I talked with them about their commitment and about the life of their project. Now, I carry on with my research and I propose you to answer to my questionnaire. This questionnaire will enable me to gather data on a wider population: members of European and North American “Wireless Communities”.

I invite you to follow this link: http://www.sharing-data.com/client/calvignac-c-dric/en/etudereseauwifi.html

Answer the questionnaire should not take you more than a few minutes. Personal informations will be kept anonymous. Survey results will be communicated and freely accessible.

I would be very grateful to you if you could circulate my questionnaire among your contacts (in your own wifi community). Thanks for your answer and for message diffusion.

I am at your disposal for any questions or commentary.

Best regards.

Cédric Calvignac
PhD Student – Sociology
CERTOP – Toulouse University II

P.S.: If possible, can you please indicate at the end of the questionnaire where do you come from (city) and the name of your wifi network.

NYCwireless Announces New Hotspot in Jackson Square Park

We’re very excited to announce the availability of our newest hotspot in Jackson Square Park at Greenwich Avenue and Eighth Avenue in the West Village. This hotspot is a partnership with Hines, the developers of the One Jackson Square building that is next to the park.

One Jackson Square Brings FREE HIGHSPEED INTERNET to Jackson Square Park

Providing Greenwich Village with Free Public Hotspot

NEW YORK, NY — February 1, 2008 — As of February 1, Jackson Square Park visitors will have the opportunity to share something in common beyond mere geographical proximity in a charming urban oasis. Compliments of One Jackson Square, the neighboring luxury residential condominium being constructed by Hines and RFR, Greenwich Village’s Jackson Square Park will become a New York City “hotspot” with a free high-speed, wireless internet connection.

“Greenwich Village residents have a rich history of appreciating public space as an arena for communication, whether in the form of political activism, artistic performance, or other forms of urban experience,” explained Hines Vice President David Penick. “In the spirit of strengthening the sense of community and neighborhood in and around Jackson Square Park came our desire to sponsor a free, public hotspot.”

But park-goers aren’t the only people who will benefit from the Jackson Square Park Hotspot. Nearby residents, pedestrians and businesses also will be able to tap into its high-speed signal. “It’s a great neighborhood amenity,” explained Penick. “Residents whose homes are adjacent to the park will also benefit from the Wi-Fi Hotspot. It’s really the Jackson Square Park neighborhood that will become a hotspot of activity.”

This arrangement comes courtesy of the developers’ partnership with NYCwireless, a non-profit organization instrumental in turning Bryant Park, Madison Square Park, City Hall Park, Wagner Park in Battery Park City, Brooklyn Bridge Park, and Vietnam Veterans Plaza and many others into free public hotspots. The Jackson Square Park Hotspot will be featured on NYCwireless’ listing and map of free New York City hotspots at http://www.nycwireless.net

About One Jackson Square

Renowned real estate developer Hines, long recognized for exceptional real estate developments around the world, introduces One Jackson Square — 35 provocative loft condominium residences developed in partnership with RFR Holding and designed by visionary architect William Pedersen (KPF). Architecturally inspired by its eclectic neighborhood, One Jackson Square is a distinctive new condominium offering comprehensive amenities with 1-, 2-, and 3-bedroom homes for those who want a modern approach to living in the historic West Village. www.onejacksonsquare.com