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WEPC Embedded Portable Community

All contemporary devices come to be under the sign of compiled machine code. They behave and shape us accordingly to a basic set of commands through witch they are in the world. A set of commands kept at the heart of each under the name of firmware, a sort of memory chip that determines the functions and working parameters of the machine. (phisicaly located inside the main board of almost every electronic being).

We engage into breaking the box for getting to the core of machines and "liberate" their and our souls from the commercial commandments.

First case, the Linksys Access Point by Cisco: Entry door found by seattlewireless.

At open source city (make link URL) we engage into changing the city through the intervention of the firmware.

Many "machines" (call them gizmos, like the ipod i.e) are produced and sent out to consumers on a very restricted range of use, is common to see that a so called naively as "tool" can be unleashed to work and develop many more than the manufacturer considered as built-in habilities of the specific device, the conversion in the use of certain instrument is a step that will shift the status that whom we all define as "the consumer" who will be no longer a passive one but and active user, empowered by this new and unexpected approach, a non commercial stake that will radically generate a chain of appropiation of all the devices in his domain.

In our case of interest a wireless Access Point can be transformed into a community playground instead of just being a wireless microwave range that unavoidably extends and covers the private space of our neighbours. We are supposed to be living in individualized compartments, but these wireless technologies create common grounds due to be explored as places for social interaction, these spaces are posited between the hard/world and the soft/world and are the place where we shall be thinking in terms of art, and information architecture.

We think theres a need to intervine the commodities and to unveil their potentials. You can call it hacking, we call it art!

wi-fi Embedded Portable Community

wEPC is a project for the installation of an Access Point in Strasbourg, autonomous and transportable to other sites, hosting a mobile virtual community. Anyone with a netaware device will be automatically log on to our wifi (wireless) network and ipso facto in situ to the set of services we explore and promote (local news for the community, music sharing, books and films from a neighborhs shared database, irc chatting with articial intelligence boots and a community of wireless hackers in Colombia), it will welcome some informations for physical localization, onsite shared inventors, and a server accessible from distance opened towards other physical and virtual sites. It will include several applications for software translation and dialog.

During the days of OpenSource City in Strasbourg WEPC entered in a dialog with the Linux community in Strasbourg LUG (http://strasbourg.linuxfr.org/, and the non-profit organization Strasbourg Wireless (http://www.sans-fils.org/), for a meeting on friday may 14th, 7:00pm at Syndicat Potentiel.

This project proposed by Alejo Duque is developed collectively, at Open Source City with Beatrice Lillo inviting the virtual community n0d0, Jean-Baptiste Elyab, for the construction of a virtual space inside the portable access point, Exyst collective, exploring left urban spaces to develop potentials with habitants of those zones, and Open Source City participants through several discussions. (It includes ideas from Ben Russell and the knowledge of the hackers at portless.net). This project is part of a commnitary project of free wireless internet access in Colombia (http://www.altred.net) and for that reason there's a WEPC Blog written in spanish, witch main idea is to keep informed our counterparts in Latin America of all the achievments we develop in strasbourg: blog where we kept track of the different lines of research/practice involved.

When you arrive to any of our choosen free wireless range spaces our OpenSur Node will log your netaware device and will fill the screen with this welcome message, don't panic:

This an explample page contained inside the firmware version 0.1

You are about to access the Internet through a wireless access node -OpenSur- operated on behalf of your free access to information and knowledge, if you agree to our terms, you will then be part of a Free Public Social Network based on wireless internet access and other various activities. You may use the Service only if you agree to the following terms of service each time you access the Service. If you agree with and accept the NoAgreement, please indicate your acceptance by checking the box directly to the left of the text: "I agree to the Noterms and NoConditions of use", and then click the fist. If you do not agree with what you read below, then you must disassociate your hardware from the network immediately. You may not connect to our network again until such time that you do agree with the following NoTerms and NoConditions. This Agreement was last revised on july 09, 2004.

THE FOLLOWING TEXT IS THE EXAMPLE CONTRACT (OR NON-AGREEMENT) TO BE READ BEFORE BEING GRANTED WITH ACCESS

]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( Terms of Service and Acceptable Use Policy

Access to the Service. The Service is a free public service provided by ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( and its volunteers who provide Nodes and bandwidth ("Volunteers"). Your access to the Service is completely at the discretion of ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( and its Volunteers, and your access to the Service may be blocked, suspended, or terminated at any time for any reason including, but not limited to, violation of this Agreement, actions that may lead to liability for ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( or its Volunteers, disruption of access to other Users or networks, and violation of applicable laws or regulations. ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( may revise this Agreement at any time. You must accept this Agreement each time you use the Service and it is your responsibility to review it for any changes each time.

Acceptable Use of the Service. ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( supports the free flow of information and ideas over the Internet. Although ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( has and accepts no obligation to monitor your use of the Service nor edit or censor content transmitted (via e-mail, downloading, uploading, posting, or otherwise) through the Service, your access to the Service is conditioned on legal and appropriate use of the Service. Your use of the Service and any activities conducted online through the Service shall not violate any applicable law or regulation or the rights of ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community(, its Volunteers, or any third party.

The use of the Service for the following activities is prohibited:

Spamming and Invasion of Privacy: Sending of unsolicited bulk and/or commercial messages over the Internet using the Service or using the Service for activities that invade another's' privacy.

Intellectual Property Right Violations: Engaging in any activity that infringes or misappropriates the intellectual property rights of others, including patents, copyrights, trademarks, service marks, trade secrets, or any other proprietary right of any third party.

Obscene or Indecent Speech or Materials: Using ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community('s network to advertise, solicit, transmit, store, post, display, or otherwise make available obscene or indecent images or other materials. ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( will notify and fully cooperate with law enforcement if it becomes aware of any use of the Service in any connection with child pornography or the solicitation of sex with minors.

Defamatory or Abusive Language: Using the Service to transmit, post, upload, or otherwise making available defamatory, harassing, abusive, or threatening material or language that encourages bodily harm, destruction of property or harasses another.

Forging of Headers: Forging or misrepresenting message headers, whether in whole or in part, to mask the originator of the message.

Hacking: Accessing illegally or without authorization computers, accounts, equipment or networks belonging to another party, or attempting to penetrate security measures of another system. This includes any activity that may be used as a precursor to an attempted system penetration, including, but not limited to, port scans, stealth scans, or other information gathering activity.

Distribution of Internet Viruses, Trojan Horses, or Other Destructive Activities: Distributing information regarding the creation of and sending Internet viruses, worms, Trojan Horses, pinging, flooding, mailbombing, or denial of service attacks. Also, activities that disrupt the use of or interfere with the ability of others to effectively use the Node or any connected network, system, service, or equipment.

Facilitating a Violation of this Agreement of Use: Advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available any software product, product, or service that is designed to violate this Agreement, which includes the facilitation of the means to spam, initiation of pinging, flooding, mailbombing, denial of service attacks, and piracy of software. Export Control Violations: The transfer of technology, software, or other materials in violation of applicable export laws and regulations, including but not limited to the U.S. Export Administration Regulations and Executive Orders.

Other Illegal Activities: Using the Service in violation of applicable law and regulation, including, but not limited to, advertising, transmitting, or otherwise making available ponzi schemes, pyramid schemes, fraudulently charging credit cards, pirating software, or making fraudulent offers to sell or buy products, items, or services.

Resale: The sale, transfer, or rental of the Service to customers, clients or other third parties, either directly or as part of a service or product created for resale.

Notice of Violations of the AUP. ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( requests that anyone who believes that there is a violation of the AUP direct the information to: mailto:abuse@oscc.net

Agent to Receive Notification of Copyright Infringement Claims. The Digital Millennium Copyright Act of 1998 (the "DMCA") provides recourse for copyright owners who believe that material posted on Internet sites infringes their rights under U.S. copyright law. If you believe in good faith that items, information or other materials appearing on the Service infringes your copyright, you (or your agent) may send ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community('s Designated Agent a notice requesting that the item, information or material be removed, or access to it blocked. You can contact ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community('s Designated Agent at: mailto:abuse@portless.net

Disclaimer. You acknowledge (i) that the Service may not be uninterrupted or error-free; (ii) that viruses or other harmful applications may be available through the Service; (iii) that ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( does not guarantee the security of the Service and that unauthorized third parties may access your computer or files or otherwise monitor your connection; (iv) that ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community('s and that its Volunteers ability to provide the Service without charge is based on the limited warranty, disclaimer and limitation of liability specified in this Section and it would require a substantial charge if any of these provisions were unenforceable. THE SERVICE AND ANY PRODUCTS OR SERVICES PROVIDED ON OR IN CONNECTION WITH THE SERVICE ARE PROVIDED ON AN "AS IS", "AS AVAILABLE" BASIS WITHOUT WARRANTIES OF ANY KIND. ALL WARRANTIES, CONDITIONS, REPRESENTATIONS, INDEMNITIES AND GUARANTEES WITH RESPECT TO THE CONTENT OR SERVICE AND THE OPERATION, CAPACITY, SPEED, FUNCTIONALITY, QUALIFICATIONS, OR CAPABILITIES OF THE SERVICES, GOODS OR PERSONNEL RESOURCES PROVIDED HEREUNDER, WHETHER EXPRESS OR IMPLIED, ARISING BY LAW, CUSTOM, PRIOR ORAL OR WRITTEN STATEMENTS BY ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community(, OR OTHERWISE (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO ANY WARRANTY OF SATISFACTORY QUALITY, MERCHANTABILITY, FITNESS FOR PARTICULAR PURPOSE, TITLE AND NON-INFRINGEMENT) ARE HEREBY OVERRIDDEN, EXCLUDED AND DISCLAIMED. SOME JURISDICTIONS DO NOT ALLOW THE EXCLUSION OF CERTAIN WARANTIES, SO THE ABOVE EXCLUSIONS MAY NOT APPLY TO YOU.

No Consequential Damages. UNDER NO CIRCUMSTANCES WILL ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community(, ITS VOLUNTEERS, THEIR SUPPLIERS OR LICENSORS, OR THEIR RESPECTIVE OFFICERS, DIRECTORS, EMPLOYEES, AGENTS, AND AFFILIATES BE LIABLE FOR CONSEQUENTIAL, INDIRECT, SPECIAL, PUNITIVE OR INCIDENTAL DAMAGES OR LOST PROFITS, WHETHER FORESEEABLE OR UNFORESEEABLE, BASED ON CLAIMS OF CUSTOMER, ITS APPOINTEES OR ITS OR THEIR CUSTOMERS (INCLUDING, BUT NOT LIMITED TO, UNAUTHORIZED ACCESS, DAMAGE, OR THEFT OF YOUR SYSTEM OR DATA, CLAIMS FOR LOSS OF GOODWILL, CLAIMS FOR LOSS OF DATA, USE OF OR RELIANCE ON THE SERVICE, STOPPAGE OF OTHER WORK OR IMPAIRMENT OF OTHER ASSETS, OR DAMAGE CAUSED TO EQUIPMENT OR PROGRAMS FROM ANY VIRUS OR OTHER HARMFUL APPLICATION), ARISING OUT OF BREACH OR FAILURE OF EXPRESS OR IMPLIED WARRANTY, BREACH OF CONTRACT, MISREPRESENTATION, NEGLIGENCE, STRICT LIABILITY IN TORT OR OTHERWISE. IN NO EVENT WILL THE AGGREGATE LIABILITY THAT ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( OR ITS VOLUNTEERS MAY INCUR IN ANY ACTION OR PROCEEDING EXCEED $100. THE LIMITATIONS, EXCLUSIONS AND DISCLAIMERS SET FORTH IN THIS SECTION WILL NOT APPLY ONLY IF AND TO THE EXTENT THAT THE LAW OR A COURT OF COMPETENT JURISDICTION REQUIRES LIABILITY UNDER APPLICABLE LAW BEYOND AND DESPITE THESE LIMITATIONS, EXCLUSIONS AND DISCLAIMERS.

Indemnity. You agree to indemnify and hold harmless ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community(, its Volunteers, and its and their suppliers and licensors, officers, directors, employees, agents and affiliates from any claim, liability, loss, damage, cost, or expense (including without limitation reasonable attorney's fees) arising out of or related to your use of the Service, any materials downloaded or uploaded through the Service, any actions taken by you in connection with your use of the Service, any violation of any third party's rights or an violation of law or regulation, or any breach of this agreement. This Section will not be construed to limit or exclude any other claims or remedies that ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( may assert under this Agreement or by law.

Arbitration. You agree to submit any and all controversies or claims arising out of or relating to this Agreement or the existence, validity, breach or termination thereof, whether during or after its term, to the American Arbitration Association ("AAA") for final disposition by compulsory arbitration under AAA's Commercial Arbitration Rules and Supplementary Procedures for Commercial Arbitration. The arbitration proceeding will take place in Portland, Oregon. The arbitrator may, at either party's request, grant injunctive relief. The arbitral award will be the exclusive remedy of the parties for all claims, counterclaims, issues or accountings presented or plead to the arbitrator. Judgment upon the arbitral award may be entered in any court that has jurisdiction thereof. Any additional costs, fees or expenses incurred in enforcing the arbitral award will be charged against the party that resists its enforcement. Nothing in this Section will prevent the parties from seeking interim injunctive relief against one another.

Interpretation. This Agreement shall not be construed as creating a partnership, joint venture, agency relationship or granting a franchise between the parties. This Agreement will be governed by and interpreted in accordance with Oregon law, excluding its conflict of law principles. Except as otherwise provided above, any waiver, amendment or other modification of this Agreement will not be effective unless in writing and signed by the party against whom enforcement is sought. If any provision of this Agreement is held to be unenforceable, in whole or in part, such holding will not affect the validity of the other provisions of this Agreement. ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community('s performance of this Agreement is subject to existing laws and legal process, and nothing contained in this Agreement shall waive or impede ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community('s right to comply with law enforcement requests or requirements relating to your use of this Service or information provided to or gathered by ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( with respect to such use. This Agreement constitutes the complete and entire statement of all terms, conditions and representations of the agreement between you and ]OSCC[ )OpenSur Coming Community( with respect to its subject matter and supersedes all prior writings or understanding.

References to the above mentioned hack:

SD modification for a wireless router wrt54g



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