Kat Jungnickel

DiY WiFi (PhD)

Making WiFi: A Sociological study of backyard technologists in suburban Australia (2005-2009) explores the culture of a new digital technology – Wireless Fidelity (WiFi) – located outside conventional information communication technology (ICT) innovation contexts. Drawing on an eighteen-month ethnography of the largest not-for-profit community WiFi group in Australia, including ten months participant observation, I examine how members made a digital communications network that spans across the largely suburban city of Adelaide, capital of South Australia, by connecting together home-made antennas, many of which are located in their own backyards.

A book based on this research – ‘DiY WiFi: Re-imagining Connectivity’ – will be published by Palgrave ‘Pivot’ in late 2013.

Abstract here
Research blog
Book cover
Installations 1.2