[hackerspaces] SIP telephony / videophony network connecting all hackerspaces (was: Sister city hackerspaces).

Kristoff Bonne kristoff at skypro.be
Wed Aug 29 22:23:43 CEST 2012

Hi all,

Concerning "communication", I don't know if it has already been proposed 
but why not set up a telephony / videophony "private network" for all 
hackerspaces worldwide.

Wouldn't it be neat to have a phone (or videophone) in a space from 
where you can just dial any other hackerspace in the world. You want to 
ask something to somebody who is working on a project you are interested 
in; just pick up the phone, dial a number and call him or hem at the 
space she is working.

In theory, the only thing that is needed is one single server running 
asterisk, a private numberplan and -in every space- any SIP VOIP client 
ranging from a VOIP phone, an ATA with an old handset, a PC with a SIP 
video client or an asterisk by themself.

Using conferences, it can also be used to stream video of events if needed.

Kr. Bonne.

On 29-08-12 15:27, Frantisek Apfelbeck wrote:
> Well I'm wondering how far we could go concerning the 
> communication/streaming. At the end of the day many events are life 
> streamed from hackerspaces and most of the people are fine with that, 
> recognizing it as an important thing to do. To be honest I can imagine 
> that the places which have a bit more space could dedicate some 
> "classroom" for example for chatting, life streaming, with the 
> indication that this place is used for that and you should be aware of 
> that. CCC events work in the way that there are "photo/video" 
> restricted areas and rest is open. So I can imagine that one room or 
> corner could be used like that in various hackerspaces. It depends on 
> the people what they want and what they are aiming on.
> It seems to me a classic example of "policy" which will have to be 
> sorted at each space and will be "oscillating" during the time 
> depending on the mood. However at this moment I feel like it is not a 
> crucial part of the "sister city hackerspaces" discussion. We have 
> another three years to go before the independent satellite network is 
> suppose to be in operation (active for the CCC camp in 2015) and it 
> seems to me that once this is functioning that should improve the 
> situation. What do you think?
> I wonder how many people would like to go forward with this and start 
> to make this idea happen? I'm at this moment in Korea and 
> unfortunately I'm not actively involved with hackerspace here. I'm 
> busy but if there is something not too much time consuming I can chip 
> some energy in :-)
> Sincerely,
> Frantisek Algoldor Apfelbeck
> biotechnologist&kvasir and hacker
> http://www.frantisekapfelbeck.org
> "There is no way to peace, peace is the way." Ghandi
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> *From:* Nils Hitze <nhitze at gmail.com>
> *To:* Frantisek Apfelbeck <algoldor at yahoo.com>; Hackerspaces General 
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> *Sent:* Wednesday, August 29, 2012 6:06 PM
> *Subject:* Re: [hackerspaces] [Noisebridge-discuss] Sister city 
> hackerspaces
>     Concerning the streaming between hackerspaces, I would be careful
>     there. I'm supporter of interconnecting hackerspaces and movement
>     as much as possible, having for  example some cool specifically
>     looking "dedicated" machine at each hackerspace for communication
>     of whatever type (audio, video), would be great (especially if we
>     consider the upcoming satellite communication system which has to
>     be coordinated somehow from various hackerspaces, right?). However
>     I have seen some quite strong opposition of "cameras in the place"
>     for example at Noisebridge. And in a way, I see the reason why to
>     be careful there.
> So Morse Ticker would be ok, right?
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