Digital inclusion must open up opportunities for accessing digital infrastructure and participating in the economic systems of data collection and distribution. Decentralized technologies open up new possibilities for community-driven models of data collection and infrastructure delivery. Projects operating in this arena within the STN ecosystem include:
1.Elemental Care - Decentralised Ecosystem Data Collection and Value. This project leverages expertise in environmental IOT (with a background in water quality analytics) to design a new decentralised model of data collection, distribution and consumption. Rather than be dependent on centralised entities deploying IOT sensors and owning the data (and controlling the information and benefits), this project turns the systems on their heads with incentivised mechanisms that support and enable anyone, anywhere to become a Data Farmer.
2.Community Telecommunications. This project has been designed by telecommunications engineers in Australia with over 30 years of international experience in engineering cost-effective distributed telecommunications networks. We harness this know-how to design low-cost, community owned infrastructure that provides communications infrastructure as a core service. Users benefit from accessing high performance low cost services.
3.STN DEXNODES. Decentralisation of information systems is about many things, including accessibility, information symmetry (and with that, evening out the power imbalances in supply chains) and system integrity and resilience. The STN team are achieving this by deploying Archive Nodes to Raspberry Pi’s to enable access to DISCA members (conditions apply), and are working to push out Archive Node capabilities to our STN SmartPhones. The SmartPhones project is also focused on Privacy Preserving design features from the Operating System up.