What Is Outernet?
Welcome to the official discussion forum for Outernet: Humanity’s Public Library. If you are new to the forum, please look at the FAQ before posting questions. This forum is monitored regularly by Outernet staff and is a place to ask questions about the project or, even better, create discussion around various aspects of the project.
EDUCATION and SKILLS IN DIGITAL AGE
Outernet is a new way to share information. One way to visualize how Outernet works is to think of FM radio. FM radio is a novel way to distribute audio information. You can buy a FM radio from any brand and listen to radio without a subscription fee. All that is required is a FM radio and that the radio be in range of a radio tower to get free music and news. Outernet is similar: all you need is an Outernet receiver and our signal reaches 99% of humans, so odds are good that you are covered by Outernet data. Outernet also uses an open standard, just like FM radio, so you don’t need an “Outernet branded” device to connect (but buying from us helps support the project). The big difference between FM radio and Outernet is that FM radio is live while Outernet lets you save files. So now imagine that instead of live audio, the Outernet free signal from space is sending files that you can keep forever. Outernet currently sends 1 GB of files per day – it’s like we drop a 1 GB USB drive from space that anyone with a receiver can catch and keep for free. Outernet can send anything (see what we fill it with here) from music, to video, to ebooks, to software… the list goes on. Over time, the amount of content a user has grows quite quickly – after seven days, a user that keeps every file we send would have 7 GB of awesome content. Users can keep or delete whatever they want. Still confused? Try this: think of an external hard drive. Just a drive filled with stuff. Now imagine you connect that drive to a wifi router. The drive is not connected to the Internet, but you or anyone can connect to the drive via wifi and see what is stored on it. If you add a file to the drive, anyone else who can connect to the drive’s wifi signal can also see that file. Again, there is no Internet connection here, so the files are private from anyone not within the wifi signal range. Now imagine that, everyday, new content gets added to that drive from space for free. Everyday your drive got a bunch of songs and courseware and games. That is what Outernet does and an Outernet receiver is essentially a storage drive with wifi. You can add files to an Outernet receiver locally and you get to enjoy all the content we send. We also invite anyone to help us decide what content we send every week. Learn how you can participate here. Now that you have a basic understanding of Outernet, start exploring our wiki and everything we are working on. Outernet is designed to be a very public project – Humanity’s Public Library – so we invite contribution in every aspect of what we do, particularly in what content we broadcast. Outernet sites: · store.outernet.is: purchase Outernet receivers, DIY kits, and swag · donate.outernet.is: support great Outernet projects by third party individuals and organizations. Read how it works here. · status.outernet.is: status reports on Outernet satellite feeds · wiki.outernet.is: this place #meta · discuss.outernet.is: our discussion forum where you can engage Outernet staff and the Outernet community. · blog.outernet.is: the Outernet blog where we post regular updates.
The big picture
Outernet Learning Projects
Connecting to Outernet
Content on Outernet
Build your own Outernet library
Outernet is an amazing project for anyone anywhere. If you have Internet, building an Outernet library helps our library grow for those who don’t (and you’ll have fun and learn along the way!). Here you will learn the following: 1. What you need to connect to Outernet. 2. How to connect to Outernet. 3. What content you will receive and how you can add content to Outernet.
What you need to connect to Outernet
AN OUTERNET RECEIVER
We currently have three options for Outernet receivers. Outernet is an open source project and our signal is unlocked, so you don’t have to buy anything from Outernet in order to connect (but it helps support our work). SATELLITE DISH Outernet uses the same signals that satellite TV uses. This allows Outernet to send more content compared to a small antennae. Satellite dishes are common, even in the poorest parts of the world. OTHER COMPONENTS There are a few other small items that you will need.
How To Connect To Outernet
Once you have all the necessary components, you’re ready to set up your Outernet receiver. This is Part Three of the instructions for building your own Outernet receiver using a Raspberry Pi. If you missed the beginning, click here to go back to Part One. If you are a Lighthouse owner or have a receiver ready, read on.
CONNECT TO OUTERNET
· Assembled Raspberry Pi receiver OR Lighthouse
· A device with wi-fi (e.g. phone, tablet, computer)
Overview: Your Raspberry Pi receiver should now be assembled and connected to a satellite dish. If you have a Lighthouse, it should be connected to your satellite dish. The instructions for a Raspberry Pi receiver and a Lighthouse are the same. We can now check that your are receiving a strong signal from Outernet’s satellites in space and then see what content your receiver is downloaded or has already downloaded. Steps: 1. Connect to Your Receiver’s Wi-Fi Signal 2. Setup Your Outernet Receiver 3. Verify your Outernet connection Step 1: Connect to Your Receiver’s Wi-fi Signal Your Outernet receiver gives off a wi-fi signal just like a router. Make sure your receiver is plugged into your satellite dish and that it is turned on. Go to your Network Settings and look through the list of nearby wireless networks. A network named “Outernet” should be available. Connect to “Outernet” – it will not have a password. In your browser’s address bar, type “librarian.outernet” – be sure to NOT include the .com. If you get a “500 Error,” try closing and re-opening your browser. If it is still not working, try “librarian.outernet/en/” Once you are connected, open up any web browser. We recommend Firefox, Chrome, or Safari but Internet Explorer works too. Browsers can sometimes be a little confused because they are not used to receiving information from anything besides the Internet. When it loads, the page you find will let you select the language you want your receiver to work in. Once you see this screen, you are confirmed to be connected to your Outernet receiver!
CONTENT GOALS We do not have strict rules about what content topics belong on Outernet, but we encourage users to submit content that satisfies one of the following principles. That said, we also enjoy funny cat videos. EDUCATION A work that enables a user to be a more informed participant in society or aids in moving them towards a higher plane of knowledge or skill. TRUTH A work should be true and support the right of the public to truth. TRANSPARENCY A work should allow a user to have greater understanding of the institutions that affect their daily life. EMPOWERMENT A work that gives a user an enhanced ability to manipulate the course of their life towards their intended goal. HEALTH AND SAFETY A work that provides the information to lead a healthier, safer, and ultimately more enjoyable life. QUALITY OF LIFE A work that either directly or indirectly provides a means for a user to improve their quality of life. BANNED CONTENT Outernet is a strong believer in no censorship and free speech, but as a society we have generally agreed that free speech has limits. If your content is not appropriate for a public library, then it probably is not appropriate for Outernet. PRIVATE INFORMATION Sharing an individual’s private and confidential information. VIOLENT CONTENT Material that is meant to incite harm against an individual or group or individuals. SPAM Spam. Enough said. HARASSMENT Anything that harasses, bullies, or abuses an individual or group of individuals – this behavior has a chilling effect on that individual or group’s freedom to speak. CHILD PORNOGRAPHY Sexual content featuring minors. ADULT CONTENT In the interest of propagating Outernet’s educational potential in jurisdictions around the world with varying levels of conservative legal doctrine, pornography, content promoting drug use, and other adult content is not allowed on Outernet at this time. When it comes to this type of content or any content that can be very offensive to some people, the values of free speech and decency come into conflict with one another.
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