From the archive, originally posted by: [ spectre ]

A four-part series explores the how Western “hackers” are building
low-cost communications networks to bring phone and Web service to
displaced Tibetan refugees — and how native peoples are trying to hold
onto their culture in an interconnected world.

Tradition vs. Change in ‘Lhasa Vegas’

August 11, 2006 · Tourists to Lhasa, the ancient heart of Tibetan
Buddhism, might find two very different cities — one unchanged by
centuries and still clinging to tradition, the other modernizing
rapidly along with neighboring China.

A Wireless Network for ‘Little Lhasa’

August 10, 2006 · The volunteers building the “mesh” network in
Dharamsala are linking an ancient culture to the modern world on the
cheap, using recycled computers and piggybacking on existing towers —
even Buddhist and Hindu temples are sporting antennas.

Connecting Tibet’s Exile Community via the Web

August 9, 2006 · Two full generations of Tibetans have grown up
outside their native land, but the expatriate community remains
close-knit and many still dream of returning to a country free of
Chinese domination. Until then, they are embracing the Web as a key to
their future.

The Gaddi People of Dharamsala

August 8, 2006 · The nomadic Hindu tribe has dwelled in the shadows of
the Himalayas in Northern India for countless generations. Before
Tibetan refugees and Western tourists arrived, they were the dominant
ethnic group — but as development looms, their culture is changing.