Introduction

The internet is a large communication network comprised of smaller networks. Its power is obvious – communication over great distances of wire has enabled virtual communities to come together, organize, share, and create. However, in our excitement about wide area communications we have neglected the local area, the physical communities in which our infrastructure lives. While the internet continues to develop into a tool for institutional control and corporate surveillance, I believe that the local area network can function as a site for resistance and coalition building.

The Othernet is another network in Bed Stuy – new infrastructure and applications that enable neighbors to browse and create “web” content. The result is an alternative constellation of web pages that are only accessible in Bed Stuy and are made by neighbors.