Just discovered this intriguing project called Solar Protocol, a dynamic site that is hosted by an even more dynamic network of solar powered web servers:
The Solar Protocol network reconfigures internet protocols using a kind of natural rather than artificial intelligence. The network routes internet traffic according to the logic of the sun, where page requests are sent to whichever server is enjoying the most sunlight at the time. We are working with people around the world who have built and installed servers that host this site alongside their own web content. When their server becomes the active node of the network, their online materials (if any) will soon become visible on this site.
There are lovely descriptions of each server in the network and the people that maintain them. Take, for instance, the server that is hosting the site at the moment I am writing this post:
Presently you are on a server called Solar Power for Artists that is located in Red Hook, Brooklyn as this is the server receiving the most sunshine in our network at the moment.
About your server steward:
This biographical note gives the site a personal touch. I know something about the person who is hosting the site at that very moment. Working with cloud infrastructure, I maybe get that a server exists in a data center in a vague region of a country. Solar Protocol's server network adds a dimension of tenderness to website maintenance that is already amplified by use of solar powered servers. I am reminded of a bit from the first issue of COMPOST (who I must give credit for linking to Solar Protocol on their Arena channel), particularly Zach Mandeville's “Sacred Servers” (link) where he advocates for this approach that Solar Protocol and others are acting upon:
We can acknowledge the inchoate energy we build beneath our fingers, amplify it through our communities and families, and store it in revered spaces that hold our own generational force. We can use technology that is intentionally small, local, and humble to the natural world.
What if we incorporated more solar networking instead of social networking? Solar media instead of social media? What would that even look like?