Wiki Moderator: Kris Coppieters, Rorohiko Workflow Resources
This wiki is currently running on a server at Rorohiko Workflow Resources; its reason for existence is to try and make it easier for an individual to get involved with grass-roots telecommunications.
My interest in these projects is related to my involvement as a delegate in the New Zealand Red Cross IT&T ERU (Information Technology & Telecommunications Emergency Response Unit). The job of my team is to provide telecommunications in emergencies.
Oftentimes, after a disaster has struck, there is no (more) telecommunications infrastructure - no internet, no cellphone coverage, no landlines.
Yet, an efficient relief operation needs good communications. Traditionally, we'd use VHF and HF equipment, and satellite-based communication tools for Internet and telephone connectivity.
New confluences of technologies offer interesting possibilities: the Mesh Potato of the Village Telco project, the Batphone of the Serval project, OpenWRT, Asterisk… might be viable alternatives in providing some of the needed communications infrastructure after a disaster.
Log book - stuff I did and might want to do again, so I am keeping a log