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Bookserver in a book

Off-line digital networks

Community Memory

Community Memory was the world's first public computerized bulletin board system. It was created by Efrem Lipkin, Mark Szpakowski, and Lee Felsenstein, acting as the Community Memory Project. Lee took care of hardware, Efrem software, and Mark user interface and information husbandry. A second incarnation of Community Memory, aimed at creating a global information network, appeared in the later seventies. Its major players were Efrem Lipkin and Ken Colstad.

Community memory terminal.jpg

Community Memory terminal at Leopold's Records.jpg

An example of the potential significance of the search index, no matter how simply implemented, when specific to a specific social community.



Lee Felsenstein, influenced by Tools for Conviviality, Illich



Pirate Box is a portable electronic device, designed in 2011 by David Darts, consisting of a Wi-Fi router and a device for storing information, creating a wireless network that allows users who are connected to share files anonymously and locally. It runs on OpenWRT, RaspberryPi and Android phone


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An offline digital community library

Bibliotecha is a framework to facilitate the local distribution of digital publications within a small community. It relies on a microcomputer running open-source software to serve books over a local wifi hotspot. Using the browser to connect to the library one can retrieve or donate texts. Bibliotecha proposes an alternative model of distribution of digital texts that allows specific communities to form and share their own collections.


during these day we will work through Bibliotecha's Manual in order to arrive at a number of Biblitecha installations.

We'll look into how Bibliotecha is set up and how it uses existing free-software, such as


  • lighttpd (webserver)
  • hostapd
  • custom scripts

Enable WiFi in RPi3