Internet-in-a-Box is a low cost digital library, consisting of a wireless access point with storage, which users nearby can connect to.
Its realization in hardware and software has changed since 2012, as miniaturization of storage space and electronics progressed. As of 2017, its hardware may consist of a Raspberry Pi with a replaceable storage card.
In 2016, Columbia University's Masters in Public Administration in Development Practice (MPA-DP) explored using these boxes in the Dominican Republic for three months.
The digital library is composed of multiple modules; modules may be pre-installed, or users may choose which to install. Examples of modules include Wikipedia in a specific language, Wikipedia's Medical Encyclopedia, Khan Academy Lite, and OpenStreetMap. Other content includes Moodle, Nextcloud, MediaWiki, PhET (interactive mathematics and science simulations), TED Talks.
The concept grew out of One Laptop per Child's school server project.
Video overview of efforts in Dominican Republic
Video discussing the rollout of IIAB in Peru in 2018
- Meta: Internet-in-a-Box
- Related: PirateBox alternatives, NetHood
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