The Internet Society New York Chapter (ISOC-NY) is now supporting other organizations that share our vision of open technology for social good.
Today, Tuesday, December 1, ISOC-NY sponsors our first crowdfunding campaign as part of #GivingTuesday, a global campaign for charitable giving as an alternative to Black Friday.
#SharetheNet will fund Apretaste, an initiative that brings Internet access to Cuba, and NYC Mesh, a wireless community network in NYC.
This is a critical point in the evolution of the Internet:Will the Net remain open and accessible to all – or locked down by repressive governments and corporate monopolies?
The ISOC-NY answer to that question is:
Empower Internet users to build their own Net and share it!
We’re asking your help to raise $152,000 in 24 hours to to make this happen.
Every dollar you give helps the open Net.
- $6 provides one Cuban Internet user access that bypasses government censors
- $120 connects 20 Cubans to the Net
- $480 funds 80 Cubans to the Net as well as the development of an online encyclopedia, maps, store and weather service
For NYC Mesh:
- $65 buys a router with open source software for an NYC resident so they can cut the cord to monopoly ISP’s
- $480 buys an antenna and sector radio to improve WiFi reception in lower Manhattan and the North and South side of Brooklyn
- $2400 creates a supernode that connects one neighborhood to the next
This is also a critical point for ISOC-NY – we’re asking for your help so our Chapter can take the lead in building an Internet that is truly for everyone.
There are many ways to get involved in #GivingTuesday. I encourage you to join the movement and visit www.givingtuesday.org to learn more about how you can make a difference.
David Solomonoff, President ISOC-NY