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Free Wireless: Interview with my friends from the Ninux Community in Rome and Daniel Paufler from the Berlin Freifunk Community

Saverio from the Italian Ninux community has published a video interview Daniel Paufler and I conducted with them at the Wireless Community Weekend in Berlin. Thank you very much for the great montaggio! It is real fun to watch!


Interview to Ninux and Freifunk members at WCW2008 from Saverio Proto on Vimeo.

Direct Link: http://www.vimeo.com/1052320

In Berlin, at C-Base, people from wireless communities all around Europe meet to share ideas and experiences. See this interview by Mario Behling with free networks activists from Ninux.org and Freifunk.net

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Towards Wireless Open Hardware Routers and WLAN Servers

At the CeBIT I had the chance to talk to some fantastic folks of direct open embedded systems, a new Latvian company that is producing WLAN devices based on the GNU/Linux distributions like OpenWRT, OpenEmbedded and FlashSYS Linux.

In the video they present their devices and some show cases as well as FlashSYS, their own web based firmware for small router computers.

FlashSYS environment is a cross-operating system clent-server environment that allows developers to use existing web development skills (HTML, JavaScript, Ajax, Flash, SQLite, and Lua) to build and deploy Rich Internet Applications (RIA) for an embedded system with a very small footprint. (http://openrb.com)

direct open embedded systems is able to produce WLAN devices that can act as small web servers with currently up to 64 GB storage space.


Most of the free and open source companies presented their products in hall 5, which was packed with crowds of people. You can get an idea when you hear the background noise in the video. The interest in free and open source technologies is amazing and ever increasing.

Freedom of Exchange of data and information in Freifunk free wireless networks

It is often stated that the Internet is the basis of the free communication and exchange of software and content – all kinds of information and knowledge. Yes, the Internet especially in the 1990’s could be regarded as a free infrastructure that enabled free exchange. This is changing rapidly throughout the world, as we see a trend to censoring of information all over the world and privately enforced censoring with the help of copyright and patent laws.

The less free the Internet becomes the more attractive free community networks, like the Freifunk networks, will appear to the masses. It is the aim of Freifunk enthusiasts to create truly free networks, which are comparable to public spaces like a street where everyone can freely walk and communicate with others. As in a city with its free public spaces, we have a public space in the cyberspace. Public spaces guarantee our basic rights like freedom of speech, freedom of information and freedom of the press. However, also crimes happen in public spaces. There is no solution that will prevent crimes to a hundred percent without also reducing our freedoms, neither in the virtual world nor in the real world.

Still, neither people involved in free infrastructure projects like Freifunk regard their networks as a space free of the rule of law. The completely decentralized structures of these networks, however, (and for good reason) make it impossible to control the traffic centrally. The solution to reducing crime and fighting terrorism seems to be to require IPSs to control and protocol the traffic of all its users (entire populations e.g. in Germany). In fact the observing the traffic of all internet and network users in the world is rather questionable. Firstly concerning the duties of network operators, who should not and are in no position to take over police duties, secondly it is questionable in regards to the misuse that is possible with these huge amounts of data, that compromises of information like who communicates with whom, when, how long and possibly even what. Besides its drive of innovation and opportunities for businesses free decentralized freifunk networks also propose a solution to trends of digital mass control in politics.

Globaler Freifunk-Feed-Newswire online

Ein globaler Freifunk-Newswire ist jetzt unter http://global.freifunk.net zu erreichen. Hier gibt es zudem eine Übersicht über Freifunk-Initiativen weltweit. Bisher konnte ich 271 landesweite, regionale und lokale Freifunk-Projekte aus 33 Ländern identifizieren. Obwohl die Anzahl von Initiativen noch nichts über die tatsächliche Zahl der Teilnehmer aussagt, verdeutlicht die Vielzahl der Projekte bereits den weltweiten Trend zum Aufbau von freien Netzen. Deutlich wird jedoch ebenfalls, dass in Afrika und Asien bisher erst wenige Initiativen existieren. Es ist aber auch möglich, dass einige Communities aufgrund von Sprachbarrieren noch nicht identifiziert werden konnten.

Nicht alle Initiativen stellen Feeds zur Verfügung. Derzeit werden auf der Website 111 Feeds syndiziert. Der Großteil davon sind Projekt-Blogs, aber auch einige private Freifunk-Themen-Blogs, Freifunk-Foren und Wikis werden syndiziert. Alle gegenwärtig gesammelten Feeds sind als OPML (http://freifunker.perspektive89.com/aggregator/opml) erhältlich. Interessierte können die Feeds somit auch auf dem eigenen Computer syndizieren oder selbst ähnliche Angebote einrichten. Die Feeds des Newswires gibt es im RSS- und Atom-Format: http://global.freifunk.net/node/feed, http://global.freifunk.net/atom/feed

Die stichwortspezifischen Feeds (Tag-Feeds) funktionieren im Moment leider noch nicht einwandfrei (http://global.freifunk.net/syndication). Folgend eine Übersicht über die Anzahl von Freifunk-Initiativen in verschiedenen Ländern auf der Website. Eine nicht ganz aktuelle Liste von Freifunk-Communities und Intitiativen findet sich auch auf der englischen Wikipedia unter: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_wireless_community_networks_by_region.

Land

Anzahl Communities
(Land, Region und Stadt)

Deutschland (Germany)

45

France

41

España (Spain)

40

Hrvatska (Croatia)

31

USA

28

Australia

14

Nederland (The Netherlands)

10

United Kingdom

7

New Zealand, Aotearoa

6

Österreich (Austria)

6

Ελλάδα (Greece)

6

Schweiz, Svizzera, Svizra, Suisse

5

België, Belgien, Belgique

3

Argentinia

2

Canada

2

Česko (Czech)

2

Colombia

2

Danmark

2

Italia

2

Србија/Srbija (Serbia)

2

Paraguáype (Paraguay)

2

South Africa

2

Cameroun

1

Ghana

1

hÉireann (Ireland)

1

Magyarország (Hungary)

1

Norge (Norway)

1

Portugal

1

Sénégal

1

Tanzania

1

नेपाल (Nepal)

1

India (Tibetan Technology Center)

1

Uruguay

1

Weitere Freifunk-Projekte nehme ich gerne auf. Bitte als Kommentar hier eintragen: http://global.freifunk.net/free_global_wireless_community.

Zur Software der Freifunk-Newswire-Site: Hierfür nutze ich einen Webserver mit Linux, Apache, MySQL, PHP und das Content-Management-System Drupal (http://drupal.org) mit dem Zusatzmodul Aggregator2 (http://drupal.org/project/aggregator2).

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