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Calais, Capital and an Electromagnetic Commons
2016

The electromagnetic spectrum is an example of a resource held in common that is governed in different ways, to very different effect. Calais’ electromagnetic milieu tells of the extreme environments of financial capitalism and the logics, resources and infrastructures that weather them.

In 2015 Jangala installed its first prototype Wi-Fi network in the informal camp near Calais, France. While active, the improvised network provided free Internet access to the camps’ estimated 7,000 residents, who otherwise had to rely on costly data-packages.

Since Calais, Jangala has evolved into a charity, developing low-cost Internet access systems for use in emergency situations around the world.


Guide written in collaboration with Richard Thanki

Project by Sophie Dyer & Jangala