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.Ling-05 (Wi-Iing)


the Roaming Sharer
Havana, Cuba
Lings
2017


Ling-05 is located on Malecon St. in Havana, Cuba. In Cuba, the government has a monopoly on internet access. To most Cubans, internet is only accessible through a few public access points and even then, it is very expensive- about 1/4 of the income of an average Cuban for one hour of internet use. When accessed, the content accessible is highly curated by the government and the access is controlled.

Ling-05, Wi-Ling, attempts to solve this problem by providing a cheaper, traveling access point. As the users connect to Wi-Ling, the LED screens on both sides mirror the screens of everyone who is connected to it.

This will allow more people to access and view the content without having to spend money, through sharing content, but also serves as a reminder that privacy, while using the internet in Cuba, is an illussion.

As Wi-Ling slowly roams through Malecon, the outer portion of Wi-Ling rotates while the control cabinet always stays perpendicular to the ground. This causes the available Connection points to change, limiting the time each person can stay connected.




Mark