It Can't Happen Here: But what if it does? Open-source alternative communication infrastructure

Accepted Session
Short Form
Scheduled: Thursday, June 22, 2017 from 2:30 – 3:15pm in B202/203


This talk will focus on what happens when the internet infrastructure we know and love goes down - by natural disaster or human-instigated shutdown (think Mubarak in Egypt during the Arab Spring).


We’ll look at Egypt as a case study for alternative, open source communications when the internet goes down – still got that 2400 baud modem sitting around? Know anyone with a land line? These currently antiquated communication devices can become the front line of networking in a time of communication shutdown. Also let’s talk about mesh networks and amateur radio – how do they work, how could they be utilized to share information in times of crisis.


disaster, radio, communication

Speaking experience

Jenka has spoken at dozens of conferences, classes and workshops - she was featured as a speaker at the International Association of Women in Radio and Television, was the Joan Cook Fellow at the Journalism and Women Symposium, and was a Knight Fellow at Stanford University, where she gave numerous presentations and talks to students and professors.

This talk has not been presented before.


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    jenka soderberg

    KBOO Radio


    Jenka joined KBOO Community Radio in 2007, after travelling around the world as an Indymedia organizer, and helping coordinate relief efforts in New Orleans after Hurricane Katrina. She trained hundreds of volunteers in the news production process. She also has developed and implemented media training programs in Palestine for the International Middle East Media Center (

    In 2010, Soderberg was selected as a Knight Fellow in Journalism at Stanford University, where she spent the year developing a tool for mobile news submission and verification. Her focus continues to be on the dismantling of the capitalist structures that hold society in a state of continuous war, and empowering communities to take action for their own self-determination.