Potsdamer Platz, Berlin, Deutschland - Paolo Margari
2013-10-04 09:16 - IS4CWN Team

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2013-10-02 09:11 - IS4CWN Team

The International Summit for Community Wireless Networks in Berlin is underway! A livestream of sessions is available here at the c-base website: http://c-base.org/

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2013-09-30 16:50 - IS4CWN Team

Hello wireless summit goers!
We are now only two days away from the start of the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks!!! There is still time to register and join us!

We are pleased to release a copy of the summit program. Click here to download a PDF copy.

We are also pleased to announce some social events for those attending the wireless summit.

= Wednesday night, Oct 2nd, ~6pm
The Heinrich Boell Foundation will be sponsoring a "welcome reception" on site at the wireless summit shortly after the conclusion of the day's programming.

= Friday night, Oct 4th, 10pm
There will be a post-summit "lounge party" at c-base!

Here is the location of c-base (and the summit):

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See you soon!

The IS4CWN Team

2013-09-17 14:05 - IS4CWN Team

This is a guest blog post written by Juergen Neumann, co-founder of Freifunk.

This year's International Summit for Community Wireless Networks was chosen to be hosted in Berlin to help commemorate the 10 year anniversary of the Freifunk network.

Freifunk.net was started in March 2003 with the launch of the first version of the freifunk.net website. It was the first significant attempt at brand design and provided some of the first articles on how to set up wireless networks. It was inspired by similar wireless networking projects from the U.S. and England. Freifunk soon became a localized platform for community Wi-Fi activities in German speaking countries, a reaction to the fact that at this time many areas lacked broadband coverage, particularly in areas of former East Germany.

Soon after the launch of the Freifunk website traffic grew from 200 to over 100,000 visits per month! Featuring wikis, event calendars, blogs and mailing lists, the website became more decentralized, allowing for regional Freifunk groups to run their own web-platforms. More Freifunk communities were started and more people joined. It was a great success!

Then Freifunk experienced some challenges when DSL broadband became more widely available for home subscription. But then the demand for mobile wireless broadband access grew and interest in Freifunk community networks grew again.

Today Freifunk continues to face challenges from commercial mobile networks. Yet Freifunk continues to have opportunities attract new members, for both implementing VPN solutions to questions of secondary liability for wireless network hosts in Germany, but also for providing the public with an example of local-controlled, decentralized networks at a time when more and more people are concerned about large companies and governments having too much power in the online world.

Freifunk has faced many challenges and opportunities over the last 10 years and the telco's latest offloading plans might be the next one. But Freifunk is mainly an idea, the idea that individuals can build and control their own communications networks. And who can stop an idea? :)

2013-09-11 17:09 - IS4CWN Team

Want to learn more about what happens at the International Summit for Community Wireless Networks? Check out this video of footage and interviews from the 2012 Summit in Barcelona. The video was directed by Eloi Rebes, with special thanks to Adriana Marti Hoppman and Pedro VĂ­lchez. It will be screened along with others during the Summit's Thursday evening Movie Night.

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It's not too late to register for IS4CWN! Click here now to register.

See you in Berlin,

The IS4CWN Team

About IS4CWN

The International Summit for Community Wireless Networks brings together leading technology experts, policy analysts, on-the-ground-specialists and university researchers working on state-of-the-art community broadband projects across the globe. The 2013 Summit will take place in Berlin, Germany from October 2-4, and will serve as an opportunity to share ideas and challenges, discuss policy issues, and coordinate research and development efforts. Registration is now open!