January 24, 2022

Video: Librarian, Developer, and Entrepreneur, Jason Griffey Discusses LibraryBox and Other Projects at Harvard’s Berkman Center

A few months ago we posted that a person well-known and respected in library circles, Jason Griffey, had been named a Fellow at Harvard’s Berkman Center for Internet and Society.

Griffey is the founder of LibraryBox and was also the recipient of a $135,000 Knight News Challenge on Libraries grant for his “Measure the Future” project.

Much more about Griffey’s is available in our July 2015 post.

Recently, Jason Griffey spoke at the Berkman Center about LibraryBox. A video of his presentation titled, “When Online is Offline: The Case for Hyperlocal Webservers and Networks” is now available via YouTube and also embedded below.

Here’s the Blurb About His Talk:

The LibraryBox Project (along with other emerging projects like PirateBox, occupy.here, IdeasBox, and others) is an attempt at bridging the divide in delivery of digital information in areas where there is a lack of communications infrastructure or where that infrastructure has been damaged or is overly monitored or controlled. As self-contained, non-connected portable servers, these devices can be used to circumvent governmental firewalls, distribute information in areas of political upheaval, reach the most remote areas to deliver healthcare information, and help recovery efforts after natural disasters.

In this presentation Jason Griffey — founder and principal at Evenly Distributed (http://evenlydistributed.net) technology consulting and creation firm for libraries, museums, education, and other non-profits — gives an overview of the LibraryBox project and its current state, goals and development roadmap, and a discussion of possible next directions and needs.

See Also: Q&A Interview With Jason Griffey (September 11, 2015)

About Gary Price

Gary Price (gprice@mediasourceinc.com) is a librarian, writer, consultant, and frequent conference speaker based in the Washington D.C. metro area. Before launching INFOdocket, Price and Shirl Kennedy were the founders and senior editors at ResourceShelf and DocuTicker for 10 years. From 2006-2009 he was Director of Online Information Services at Ask.com, and is currently a contributing editor at Search Engine Land.