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Title: A feasibility study of an in-the-wild experimental public access WiFi network
Authors: Sathiaseelan, Arjuna
Mortier, Richard
Goulden, Murray
Greiffenhagen, Christian
Radenkovic, Milena
Crowcroft, Jon
McAuley, Derek
Keywords: Free internet
Network monitoring
Issue Date: 2014
Publisher: © Association for Computing Machinery, Inc
Citation: SATHIASEELAN, A. ... et al, 2014. A feasibility study of an in-the-wild experimental public access WiFi network. IN: ACM DEV-5 '14: Proceedings of the 2014 Annual Symposium on Computing for Development, San Jose, CA, USA, December 5th-6th 2014. New York, NY, USA: ACM, pp.33-42.
Abstract: Universal Internet access has become critical to modern life, leading to many explorations of approaches to increase its availability. In this paper we report on a study of one such approach, PAWS, that seeks to understand the technical and social constraints of providing Internet access, free at the point of use, by sharing existing broadband subscribers' connections. We elaborate the technical and social context of our deployment, a deprived neighbourhood in a medium-sized British city, and discuss the constraints on and resulting architecture of this system, including the authentication and security mechanisms necessary for a service of this kind. We then report on the use of our deployment over a period of seven months from July 2013 to February 2014, including analyses of the performance and usage of the network. Our data show that PAWS is socially and technically feasible and has the potential to provide Internet access economically to many who are currently digitally disenfranchised. However, doing so requires overcoming numerous challenges, both technical and social.
Version: Accepted for publication
DOI: 10.1145/2674377.2674383
URI: https://dspace.lboro.ac.uk/2134/18834
Publisher Link: http://dx.doi.org/10.1145/2674377.2674383
ISBN: 9781450329361
Appears in Collections:Conference Papers and Presentations (Communication, Media, Social and Policy Studies)

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