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[liberationtech] Will Afghanistan's Free WiFi Network Go Down?

Arzak Khan azrak_khan at
Tue May 15 02:08:55 PDT 2012

"Many Afghans worry that American policy will once again give up on their country" and looks like we are seeing the shades of things to come unless the League can somehow support this much needed initiative WiFi Network.   Arzak 
 From: companys at
Date: Tue, 15 May 2012 01:31:18 -0700
To: liberationtech at
Subject: [liberationtech] Will Afghanistan's Free WiFi Network Go Down?


“What kind of message will we, de-facto representatives of the international community in Afghanistan, send when the network finally goes down? A message of fatigue and abandonment.”
— Una Vera Moore, a development worker in Afghanistan, on what appears to be the impending demise of JLink, a free WiFi network in the eastern city of Jalalabad. JLink — a DIY network that Moore says has enabled a “nascent community of tech entrepreneurs” in the war-torn nation — was partly funded with a grant from the National Science Foundation and is being supported by the Synergy Strike Force, a group Wired says is composed of tech evangelists and altruists. But as the group looks for continued funding, San Franciscan Todd Huffman of the SSF says “we have had zero luck in finding anyone willing to support bandwidth costs for Afghanistan.”

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