Craiefities

Residents draw symbols on streets to advertise an open Wi-Fi wireless network

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Web http://craiefiti.free.fr/
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About the project Edit

Craiefities are 2D visual representations scattered across the city in order to make wireless networks visible. We call this practice in English warchalking. The term refers to chalking - in the tradition of graffiti - indicating the proximity to a public good (in this case a WiFi network).

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In what ways is this project unique and creative? Edit

According to the site craiefiti.free.fr, CraieFiti is a modern version of sign language used by the homeless, which draw symbols on roads to inform them about potential hazards, shelter, or a place to sleep. Digital citizens can make the presence of an open network known by using a symbol representing two curved arcs, which they reproduce on a wall or sidewalk.
Thus, network access is becoming free and more democratic, linking various pirate "hotspots".
The idea came from London's information architect, Matt Jones, who introduced the concept of chalking. The aim is to make this concept more visible. No need to have four walls and a roof just so you can set up a network.

What is the social value of this project? Edit

The craiefitist approach tries to win back digital private space. It calls for free network access for all users (citizens, tourists, entrepreneurs, hackers, etc.).
With chalk or a sticker, anyone can play a role within a network of hotspots in permanent reconstruction. To a large extent, Wi-Fi access is already being provided by a user (cafe, restaurant, etc.), craiefiti that only makes public information accessible to those within close proximity.

What is the potential of this project to expand and develop? Edit

In theory, this practice can be introduced in any urban area with a connection. In practice, the act of making visible information that belongs to an unprotected computer can lead to "pirating". Administrators, operators or owners of the network will then set up additional security measures.

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