E SE SOCRATE AVESSE CONOSCIUTO IL MESH NETWORK?
“In Plato’s Phaedrus, Socrates said that writing was a threat for culture because you can’t ask questions to a book. Socrates didn’t miss the Internet.”
This provocation said by Luciano De Crescenzo makes us totally understand the Internet’s essence, a network of ideas and news that satisfies the Internet users’ curiosity and anarchic outpost where natives and digital dreamers give space to their own creativity.It’s an essence that is perfectly represented by the wireless mesh network, the parallel “self service” web that is revolutionizing the concept of “net”. This system escapes from the censorship and the market logic, it has a speed that is 30 times more than the actual ADSL and it takes the Internet in the most hidden places of the world thanks to its “mesh” system: not server nor provider, but only antennas and Wi-Fi devices connected between them. “We want to build an open, free and neutral network, this is what Roger Vinas, Guifi member, Spanish mesh network and also one of the biggest, said to Repubblica.it – of course, there are still many things to do: improving devices, making them easier to use. But there are 2 main challenges: convincing people and fighting the lobbies. This system doesn’t depend on infrastructures, it can be improved by every single user who inserts on the net a new device and contributes to give form to a horizontal system of sharing and low-cost maintenance. Despite the media attention about a supposed elusion ofNSA controls, in these years the “mesh” system has had social and political implications of global proportions: in 2001, in Egypt, on the eve of Mubarak’s deposition, a parallel and clandestine network transformed computers in routers permitting to organize anti-regime revolutions even if Noor, the last functioning provider, had just been closed. Who accuses the “mesh” system of bribing, perhaps fears that the net could develop its inclination of being free from chains and pseudo intellectual, corporative and economic bonds. Those bonds that in philosophy were defended by the sophists and hated by Socrates.
Traduzione a cura di Francesco Campagna
Giacomo Di Stefano
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