W3FI

The W3FI is a social movement, a philosophy, a path to responsible connectivity between our online/offline lives and to each other.

Every day we find more and more of our lives integrated in the digital world, no longer able to lead separate lives, one virtual and one real. This means that we have to take control of and responsibility for how others see and relate to us in the digital world. We are proposing a new philosophy, a new strategy for our online interactions. It is called "W3FI," a combination of WiFi, the word "we" and the slang use of the number 3 in place of the letter "e" to reference the digital parts of our lives. Currently people already consider WiFi to be a sort of invisible shared connection that is all around us and shifting it to "We" indicates a new awareness of how interconnected we really are online. The W3FI project is much more than an awareness campaign, it is a movement in social activism to ask a new set of questions for each of us every time we click, text, or share a photo.

Borrowing from a Buddhist path to enlightenment, the project will take the participants through a journey of understanding starting with consideration of how their digital self (we are using the term "S3LF") impacts their everyday lives. Next they see how connected all S3LFs are and therefore how every action affects the S3LF of others; how their S3LF is a part of the W3. The final step is to decide to move from being a passive part of the W3 to being part of the W3FI, the collective of S3LFs who lift up each other by interacting positively, with encouragement, help, sharing, and understanding. In this way we address issues ranging from cyber-bullying to open-source knowledge.

W3FI will exist in real and digital spaces, educating and linking people; online it will be represented by websites, pages and identities in the various social networking realms. Offline we will have a traveling exhibition, where engaged learning allows for introspection about the participant's personal and global roles. Data and social networking information about the region to link the local to the global; tweets, statistics, and past visitor information will all create ever-changing landscapes of image and text on walls.

We believe the power of an activated learning experience offers a pathway for moving forward together in a world where more than 3 billion people carry a possible connection to everyone else.
Exhibition Description

The exhibition is a space for discussion, learning and consideration.
On the walls you will can read an explanation of the W3FI philosophy lain out in a series of text and symbols moving from the S3LF wall, to the W3 wall and finally to the W3FI wall.
The walls also feature statistics about national and international use of the internet, mobile phones, and social networks. On the S3LF and W3 walls you will also see live tweets from Boulder area residents who use the word "I" or "we."
The right half of the W3FI wall is a space for people to add themselves to the W3FI network by having their face captured and added to an ever-growing forest of interconnected trees.
On the Boulder topographic table visitors can watch 3 sets of information about connectivity in the region. One is a display of all the registered cell towers in the region. Another is a display of each of nearly 10,000 discovered wifi routers in the region. These are largely discovered by people driving around town with their phone set to collect such information and so many of the major streets become visible during this phase. The third set of information is the amount of mobile data use over an average week. It was donated by Skyhook, a company who provides mapping information to mobile phone application makers such as Yelp. If you are looking at the W3FI wall, the North end of the topology is to the right.
The W3FI seats are there for visitors to relax, read, and discuss the ideas of the exhibition. The light patterns are modeled after the flocking of birds and fish and will evolve over time, much like our personal social networks.
Motion activated sound modules spread throughout the space play the sounds of cell phones receiving notices of communication: texts, likes, tweets and the digital noise passing through all of us at every moment.

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W3FI

The W3FI is a social movement, a philosophy, a path to responsible connectivity between our online/offline lives and to each other.
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