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Stephen Downes

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Just by coincidence Alan Levine dug up a question I've been thinking about this week, leading me to pose a question, which in turn led Grant Potter to point me toward BRCK, a company and hardware platform offering distributed web access to people who can't afford it. The way they address the issue is as interesting as the hardware itself: "a tool that was actually a highly ruggedized micro-data center. With this, we could host content on each device, as well as get people connected to the internet. Another way to think about the accessibility side of what we do is that we have a new model for how a distributed CDN works on a nation-scale, moving away from the centralized model that the rest of the world uses." This is a really interesting and important model not just for Africa but for all of us.

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