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[liberationtech] Has anyone heard about this?

Fouad Bajwa fouadbajwa at
Mon Dec 12 14:44:46 PST 2011

I wonder if I can get one of these boxes to Pakistan. We will just
need one example and I can use these in my Internet Freedom Workshops
here in Lahore.....or during some activist activities/meets......there
are numerous ideas...

I am thinking about starting a hackspace effort in this region but
need some mentoring and advice too. DIY tools like this could help us
alot down here, maybe add solar battery charging etc to it to combat
the power/energy crisis in Pakistan.....building networked learning
applications in local language and visuals.....the biggest tool to
bring community empowered change.....with open technology...

all this gets me thinking!

On Sat, Dec 10, 2011 at 6:54 AM,  <liberationtech at> wrote:
> On Fri, Dec 09, 2011 at 04:41:58PM -0800, companys at wrote 1.4K bytes in 38 lines about:
> : PirateBox: A self-contained mobile communication & file-sharing device to
> : transform any space into a free network
> Yes, it is awesome. I've used it a few places to avoid saturating
> the shared 3G network connection. Before I've done some talks/training
> sessions, I've put my presentation, videos, and documents needed on it. It
> saves 30 people from all trying to download the same stuff at once over
> a shared Internet connection. Plus, they can all upload their docs and
> share amongst themselves.
> I have not tried to connect multiple pirateboxes (poxen?) over mesh
> though.
> Also, you have to remember that the network and box is wide open. Wifi
> reaches surprisingly far. Random people on the street and in neighboring
> buildings will both download and upload files.
> And frankly, it would be more popular if someone would just sell them
> pre-configured and ready to go in two or three form-factors.
> --
> Andrew
> pgp key: 0x74ED336B
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Fouad Bajwa

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