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Prior to the COVID-19 pandemic, many residents in poor neighbourhoods across the city would have used city wifi at the libraries or community centers. Given that these sites are now closed, wifi use is now only available to those who have fixed connections or data plans. This initiative would thus respond to an expressed need at the moment, and would also contribute to the creation of localized web-access strategies.

Some things to keep in mind

  • What are the infrastructure costs and maintenance requirements?
  • What are the ethical issues related to use and/or data generation?
  • Can these systems be run in relative autonomy?
  • Part of the project could also include the financial feasibility of implementing such a system, and/or locating partners to cover the costs of actualization.

Expected outcomes

The expected outcomes of this project are the development of a model that could then be applied and implemented in a specific context, and the possibility of a second layer of assistance after the network has been piloted.

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