This reminds me of several conversations I had with Barbara Schack of
Libraries Without Borders  at the Lyon hackathon (I've copied her on
They've developed the Ideas Box , a portable media center intended for
locations like refugee camps. It's similar to the Internet-in-a-Box,
Offline access is a nice idea, but the logistics of delivery seem daunting.
Thankfully, a large number of refugees and migrants have smartphones.
Probably the biggest ways we could help refugees are really to:
A) make Wikipedia super performant on mobile, particularly for low-end
Heh, It's times like these I realize I'm still in a minority here. As one
of the few non-american/european readers of the list, my perspective,
differs on this issue.
I don't know what people imagine when they think of the conditions in these
refugee camps. Allow me to paint a picture using
I think that access to open-access, easily accessible and editable maps
might be quite helpful to refugees. Info about different countries'
policies and practices toward migrants might also be helpful.
Wikimedia-l mailing list, guidelines at:
Something that I would find interesting is a more detailed explanation of
the reasoning behind the decision to put Flow into maintenance mode instead
of continuing efforts to make it suitible for more diverse purposes. I'm
not sure that Flow could ever fully replace all talk pages, but I tilt in
MZMcBride mzmcbride.com> writes:
> Forwarding this to wikimedia-l as it doesn't seem to be very technical in
> nature, but definitely seems worthy of discussion.
> Danny Horn wrote:
> >For a while now, the Collaboration team has been working on Flow, the
On 08.09.2015 20:37, Leinonen Teemu wrote:
> On 8.9.2015, at 20.04, Keegan Peterzell wrote:
>> However, before we get all excited with plans, it might be important for
>> someone who is interested to contact the project lead and see if
>> internet-in-a-box is even still
On 08.09.2015 21:47, Tito Dutta wrote:
>> If so, perhaps it is worth co-ordinating with some disaster
>> relief NGOs such as MSF, Red Cross and Oxfam?
This is the point. Concerning offline, the technology works. The problem
is definitively the lack of advertisement/awareness/coordination with