Think of it like this…..

The social life of every human on the planet from the very beginning has broadly been lived out in the context of four inter-related ‘territorial’ domains:

Daily life moves and merges fairly seamlessly across these four domains and in recent decades, this inter-connectivity has been enhanced and advanced by the emergence of the three seminal  low cost digital technologies of the second half of the 20th century:

a)      the silicon chip b)      fibre optic cables and lasers c)      cognitive radio

Connecting ‘people’ and ‘devices’ both within these domains and between and across them, is proving ever more important to individual citizens and society at large.   Such ‘digital connectivity’ is delivering ever greater socio-economic benefit to citizens, institutions and corporations - enhancing life, work and play today and opening up new opportunities tomorrow for enhancing a civil society. Each of these three basic technologies and the products derived from them are arguably subject …

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Four Lessons on Broadband Connectivity that we just do not learn

This was the title of a presentation given by Malcolm Matson of The OPLAN Foundation to an ERISA ‘round table’ meeting held in Brussels in September 2011.   (ERISA - The European Regional Information Society Association, uses the tools of the Information Society to support and promote digital inclusion within the 19 member regions.)   Sponsored by Microsoft, ERISA’s round table gatherings bring together a number of leading players in the IT arena and their Brussels’ lobbyists.  The four ‘unlearnt’ lessons identified by Malcolm Matson are: LESSON ONEGive a man a fish and you feed him for a day… Teach him how to fish and you ruin a great business opportunity” This is more or less the unanimous response of the telecoms and cable TV sectors to the growing ‘bottoms-up’ and community-inspired deployment of digital connectivity. Moreover, it is ill informed and will ultimate short-change the shareholders of these telecoms companies, claims Matson. Each country …

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The OPLAN Foundation Wins Key Role in Ground-Breaking European Research Project

The OPLAN Foundation, is part of a European wide consortium that has been chosen by the European Commission to undertake a significant research project into community communications networks. The CONFINE project will explore how community networks can be more effective in bringing increased benefit to citizens within member states and beyond. Malcolm Matson, Blaine Tatum and Louise Koue from the OPLAN Foundation attended the Project kick-off meeting in Athens, which launched the Project on 1st October 2011. The CONFINE Project will provide an extensive test bed for interested parties to explore the technical and social issues related to locally and regionally driven community networks based on internet protocol. Community networks, like that already operated by various participants in the CONFINE project deploy the latest digital technology, whether wireless and/or optical fibre, to support the communities they serve. These networks provide local connectivity within and across their community that can support a …

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