The CAST project put together a community news network in three villages in Armenia, where locals faced with prohibitive costs for mobile data connections could access new sources of news from their mobile phones by connecting to devices placed in key local areas.

Using a proximity network, CAST aimed to pilot a new technology to distribute news and information, as well as promote media literacy and a more diverse media diet. The team also tried to find a way to gather data analytics on how people interact with stories shared within such a network.

In this podcast, speaks to Clare Cook, the co-founder of the Media Innovation Studio, to find out more about the initiative, developed in collaboration with Impact Hub Yerevan and Wicastr.

Image: Ltchashen, Armenia, one of the villages where CAST was trialled. Screenshot from the report.

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