The RootIO (roots radio) is a a loosely-integrated, content-agnostic “solution stack” for peer-oriented radio networks. The project aims to mix communities, telephony, networking, and radio to create new models of community information. RootIO crosses the best parts of community radio, broadcast networks, and peer production into a vertically integrated platform, gluing together existing technologies and creating new ones where necessary.
RootIO grew out of the recognition that despite the wonders of mobile telephony and the Internet, radio is still a vibrant medium, and in many places it is where most people get the bulk of their information. It doesn’t require literacy, a personal device, or much power, it is transmitted free of charge, and it comes built in to many of the phones used around the world. But radio is a broadcast medium, and hasn’t yet benefited much from the advances in peer networks and production. We hope to find new ways of merging these platforms.