[Battlemesh] A call for papers on DIY networking

Leonardo Maccari mail at leonardo.ma
Tue Feb 14 19:53:22 CET 2017

Hi battlemeshers, 

for those of you that work in (conjunction with) the academia, 
but also for those that can afford a scientific conference, there 
is this nice workshop we are setting up, the week right after
the battlemesh.


The theme of the workshop is exactly what we do in community networks,
so, along technical papers we also welcome non strictly technical 
contributions to understand what is needed to empower people 
to make "the Internet": experiences, architectures, incentives, governance, 
success or failure cases are very useful, because normally these things
remain under the surface. 

The full CFP is below, and the website of the main conference is here 
with all the details: http://networking.ifip.org/2017/

I hope to see papers coming from some of the people of the BM community.

CFP: IFIP Networking 2017 - Interdisciplinary Workshop on DIY and 
Community Networking, Stockholm, Sweeden

Our apologies if you received multiple copies of this CFP
IFIP Networking 2017 Interdisciplinary Workshop on DIY and Community 
Place: Stockholm, Sweden
Date: June 12, 2017

Important Dates
Abstract submission:             March 20, 2017
Full paper:                            March 30, 2017
Notification of acceptance:    April 10, 2017
Camera-ready papers due:    April 27, 2017
DIY networking Workshop:     June  12, 2017

Submission guidelines

This workshop is a joint venture of three EU Horizon2020 projects, MAZI, 
netCommons, and RIFE, in an effort to join forces around the design and 
use of DIY and community networking technologies for the common good, 
using a highly interdisciplinary and transdisciplinary approach. With 
DIY and community networking we refer to a diverse set of networking 
technologies that range from large-scale community networks to small 
scale wireless installations supporting local applications accessible 
only to those residing in the coverage area of the network. DIY and 
community networking represent two frontier research themes that can 
open new and exciting research and application areas. On the one hand, 
the locality of DIY networks enables the design of hybrid spaces and 
places for social sustainability, collective awareness, and 
conviviality. On the other hand, community networking is one of the most 
promising approach to overcome digital divide.

What bridges these two themes is the idea that networks are not only a 
way to "access the Internet", but they are a way to connect people, and 
people make "the Internet". This workshop will contribute to investigate 
the way that local applications can influence the creation and the 
governance of community networks, and how community networks can 
stimulate the creation of novel local applications.

DIY and community networks are embedded with the local social 
environment where they grow, so their study cannot be separated from the 
understanding of their societal stimuli and societal impact. For this 
reason the workshop will be highly interdisciplinary aiming to bridge 
the communication gap between those that build the technology (computer 
scientists, engineers, and hackers) and those that understand better the 
complex urban environment where this technology will be deployed (social 
and political scientists, urban planners, and designers). More 
specifically, people working on applications and uses of ICT are not 
always aware of the capabilities of technology for building local 
communication networks, on the other hand, scientists in the field of 
networking are often indifferent on the actual use and social 
implications of the technical solutions they design. We believe that we 
are currently in a moment in history when it is particularly important 
to bridge this gap between engineering and social sciences, to create an 
alternative to the current trend of centralization of resources and 
control that is taking place at a global scale on the Internet.

Some of the themes that we want to be central in the workshop are:

- Technical contributions that render DIY networking technology easier 
to understand and use by for less technically savvy people
- Theoretical contributions that can facilitate the understanding of the 
various inherent trade-offs in the design of DIY networks and the 
translation of engineering decisions to constraints and requirements for 
applications developers and vice versa.
- The integration of community networking with DIY applications, models 
of deployment, experiences of success and failure for this combination.
- The exploration of the trade-off between Internet access networks and 
local networks for experimenters, hackers and citizens.
- The way DIY and community networks can be placed in the frame of other 
horizontal and bottom-up experiences, such as Peer Production movements.
- The links and interrelations between DIY and community networking in 
the frame of the models for alternative Internets, such as peer-to-peer 
networking, overlay networks, blockchain technologies etc.
- Revisit key engineering questions, such as routing protocols, energy 
consumption, automation, resiliency in light of the possible practical 
uses of DIY networking technologies.

For the special interdisciplinary session we welcome the following types 
of contributions:

- Demos of working prototypes of DIY networking applications or systems
- Posters or design mock-ups of imaginary applications
- Short tutorials on important concepts that can facilitate 
interdisciplinary collaborations
- Other alternative formats like interviews, testimonies, artistic 

Organizing Committee:

Panayotis Antoniadis (NetHood, CH)
Leonardo Maccari (University of Trento, IT)
Jörg Ott (Technical University of Munich, DE)
Arjuna Sathiaseelan (University of Cambridge, UK)

Programme Committee
Ileana Apostol (NetHood Zurich, CH)
Roger Baig (Guifi.net Foundation, ES)
Bart Braem (University of Antwerp, BE)
Dimitris Boucas (University of Westminster, UK)
Roberto Caso (University of Trento, IT)
Renato Lo Cigno (University of Trento, IT)
Manos Dimogerontakis (UPC, ES)
Melanie Dulong de Rosnay (CNRS, FR)
Felix Freitag (UPC, ES)
Mark Gaved (The Open University - Milton Keynes, UK)
Federica Giovanella (University of Trento, IT)
Christian Fuchs (University of Westminster, UK)
Ingi Helgason (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
Karin Anna Hummel (Johannes Kepler University Linz, AU)
George Iosifidis (Trinity College Dublin, IR)
Jussi Kangasharju (University of Helsinki, FI)
Merkourios Karaliopoulos (Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)
Thanasis Korakis (University of Thessaly, GR)
Matthias Korn (University of Siegen, DE)
Iordanis Koutsopoulos (Athens University of Economics and Business, GR)
William Lieu (Auckland University of Technology, NZ)
Anders Lindgren (Swedish Institute of Computer Science ­ Kista, SE)
Maria Michalis (University of Westminster, UK)
Leandro Navarro (Universitat Politècnica de Catalunya, ES)
Andrea Passarella (CNR - Pisa, IT)
Claudio Pisa (CNIT - Roma, IT)
Amalia Sabiescu (Loughborough University London, UK)
Douglas Schuler (Evergreen State College - Olympia, US)
Michael Smyth (Edinburgh Napier University, UK)
Felix Treguer (CNRS, FR)
Andreas Unteidig (UdK Berlin, DE)

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