Appropriate technology may be useful for readers of this blog…the project will be funded via Kickstarter on July 28.
LibraryBox is an anonymous fileserver based on cheap hardware that runs on little power and serves files to any wifi-enabled device with a browser. It is a fork of the Open Source project PirateBox, altered to be more comfortable to use for libraries, educators, and anyone else that has a need to serve files in locations that lack reliable, unfiltered connectivity with the Internet.
LibraryBox is currently in use around the world by libraries, teachers, museums and more, in more than 7 countries on 5 continents. The v1.5 release is useful, but with work LibraryBox can be much better. Moving towards the 2.0 release, there is a host of ways that LibraryBox could be better, should be better, and this Kickstarter is a step towards making the LibraryBox project even more useful.
The non-profit organization Worldreader is currently using a LibraryBox to deliver books hyper-locally in Accra, and in July will be extending their service to a location in Eastern Ghana. Worldreader’s mission is to make digital books available to all in the developing world, and LibraryBox is a tool that can help them fulfill that mission.
The site’s video provides more detail on how it can be used. Please comment if you’re familiar with LibraryBox already or if you have an idea for using it for your work.