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Group plans to beam free Internet across the globe from space

Group plans to beam free Internet across the globe from space
By Eric W. DolanThursday, February 10, 2011 14:32 EDT The charity group A Human Right said it was planning to purchase a satellite that would provide free basic Internet access to developing countries around the world. The group, which was founded by 25-year-old Kosta Grammatis, is currently raising money to buy the TerreStar-1, the largest commercial communications satellite ever built. The group hopes to raise $150,000 to finalize a business plan, investigate the legal and business aspects of submitting a bid for the satellite, and hire engineers to turn the plan into a reality. “We believe that Internet access is a tool that allows people to help themselves – a tool so vital that it should be considered a universal human right,” the website for Buy This Satellite stated. Nearly 5 billion out of the world’s 6.9 billion people don’t have access to the Internet. The group has already managed to raise $44,781. Eric W. Eric W. Related:  The Great Digital Divide

Selective Service System: Welcome One Laptop per Child ANTIPOLYGRAPH Education - Stanford University: ME 310 Project The SolutionThe design process for the laptop started with deciding which hardware to use. Then the team began designing a case to enclose the hardware, which would be simple and easy to disassemble. For this, it turned to 3D modeling software with Autodesk Inventor. "We created 3D shapes to represent the hardware we had to design around," explains Aaron Engel-Hall, a Stanford student and team member. "We used Inventor software often during the ideation phase to experiment with the design." For example, the team played around with various thicknesses for different portions of the case. Throughout the process, the team sent Inventor files directly to 3D printers to create stereolithography (SLA) prototypes for evaluation. The end result of the team’s efforts was the Bloom laptop, which can be disassembled in 10 steps, without tools, and easily separated into material types, such as plastics, metals, and circuitry. Beyond recyclability, Bloom delivers other benefits for consumers.

Daily Zen List internet for everyone. Posted: May 29th, 2014 | Author: kosta | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments » It’s been awful quiet over here at A Human Right, but that doesn’t mean we haven’t been working hard to fulfill our mission. Today, TIME unveiled Oluvus, a public benefit corporation we have been refining over the last year. At Oluvus, we won’t just get you online for free, we’re getting others that are disconnected, connected. Check our the fantastic piece showcasing our vision and wander on over to see us at We’re looking forward to including you on this next step of our journey. Posted: January 25th, 2013 | Author: kosta | Filed under: Uncategorized | No Comments » We bring you this year-end update in memory of Aaron Swartz, a pioneering activist for Internet freedom who inspired us all. 2012 was an incredible year for A Human Right. We Moved a Cable: St. 2013 TED Prize Finalist: A Human Right and the Bandwidth Bank concept is a finalist for the 2013 TED Prize! What is the ITU? Coming in 2012

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Zero Dollar Laptop A programme of public debates, exhibitions and workshops about art, technology and environment "Only when people are able to use computers to produce their own data does information communication technology become genuinely empowering." - James Wallbank Furtherfield is committed to delivering on promise of the Zero Dollar Laptop manifesto with a series of workshop programmes with different community groupw. The Zero Dollar Laptop, is a recycled laptop running Free Open Source Software (FOSS) that is fast and effective- now and long into the future; repurposing otherwise redundant technology, gathering dust in bedrooms and offices across the country. Pilot workshops with the clients of St. The next steps are to implement the Zero Dollar Laptop at a European scale in coordination with European media labs. The project is part of Furtherfield's Media Art Ecologies programme.

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Zero Dollar Laptop Workshops New Videos from Za-nič kišta CAAP Maribor has just produced new videos about the Slovenian Zero Dollar Laptop workshops for migrant workers and refugees that took place in Maribor in 2012. Available from: Za-nič kišta – trailer Participants of the Slovenian Zero Dollar Laptop project (Za-nič kišta) made this lovely short film as an introduction to the project! First cycle of ZDLT workshops in Slovenia completed ZA-NIČ KIŠTA, the Slovenian Zero Dollar Laptop project, has completed the first cycle of workshops for migrant workers and refugees. ‘Digital Rubbish’ by Jennifer Gabrys- mentions Zero Dollar Laptop Digital Rubbish: A Natural History of Electronics This is a study of the material life of information and its devices; of electronic waste in its physical and electronic incarnations; a cultural and material mapping of the spaces where electronics in the form of both hardware and information accumulate, break down, or are stowed away.

The Complete Idiot’s Guides Bridging the Digital Divide, Part 1 Every time America’s economy takes a great leap forward, its rural heartland seems to get left behind. After electricity had begun to light up our cities, it took 60 years to reach the mountains of Appalachia and the hills of Texas. The Interstate Highway System of the 1950s bypassed countless small towns, turning many a Main Street into a retail ghost town. Today, as the information superhighway becomes a backbone of the U.S. economy, Sharon Strover works to keep history from repeating itself. That digital divide is a moving target, acknowledges Strover. The gap between city and country might be getting wider. Though the gulf is obvious, says Strover, its effects are harder to pin down. If broadband doesn’t always bring economic gains, she says, its absence clearly leads to economic losses. “When gas was cheaper, it seemed viable to travel to a community college 30 or 40 miles away,” says Strover. Health care also takes a hit. Help is on the horizon.