An Archive of Jacob Appelbaum’s Post-Katrina weblog


The media center is deployed by the community!

Posted in algiers,gear,housing,Katrina,media,neworleans,photos,supplies,wireless by jacob on September 15, 2005

Today was great. We accomplished much in getting everyone online. My method was to teach people how to teach other people. Everyone that learned from me went to teach others. They became the teachers and then they made more teachers. By the end of the day, no one was working with me at all, everyone knew how to fish. We now have 8 public terminals, custom ethernet cables, scavenged switches as well as other things. If you’re in the area we’ve got an open wifi network.

Community media center comes online

Here we have a photo of a local boy teaching a member of the Danish press how to setup a computer.

Community media center comes online

Here’s the finished product being used by the community that build it.

Joel is going to post about the actual tech involved tomorrow. I’m tired and for the first night since I’ve been sleeping in the Media center, I get to sleep on something other than a floor!

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  1. […] A group of guerrilla media types have set up a pirate radio station at 94.5FM and community media center for folks to share their stories and get information about what’s going on. I don’t have any info for you to donate to them, however. […]

  2. zenji said,

    Very good work! Can you clarify what the media center is for? For *media* industry types such as yourselves? Anyone who needs to get a message out to loved ones that they have survived and are in this zone with infrastructure failures? Or is it nothing nearly so formal…more just a nexus of communications for whomever needs it in this otherwise blacked-out region?

    Keep up the great work!!!

  3. eRobin said,

    I’m with Zenji – what do you use the center for?

    It looks great, by the way. The photo of the boy teaching the man from Denmark is wonderful.

  4. jacob said,

    The media center is for everyone. It’s entirely open to the community to come register for FEMA. It’s also open for anyone that needs to communitcate with the world, mostly this is for the people giving their time who are cut off from their normal lives.

  5. eRobin said,

    Gotcha. Thanks.


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