Radio Tux: Lumiera Radio Interview during FROSCON 2009

Radio Tux has published my interview with the core developers and contributors to the Lumiera project now. I conducted the interview at FROSCON 2009 a couple of weeks ago. Lumiera is a Free and Open Source video editing application project for GNU/Linux developed originally by the
CinelerraCV community. It was born as a rewrite of the Cinelerra codebase called Cinelerra3 but it is now an independent project with its own name.

Lumiera Collage
Poster of ideas in the Lumiera logo contest

The lumiera project is insofar an amazing project, as it involves a lot of artists and videomakers. Also there seem to be quite a few women involved. So we do see the free and open source community evolving and including different people with various backgrounds. What a great news! Lumiera shows that people do not want to be limited by proprietary video editing software. I am looking myself for a good open source video suite for years and I believe Lumiera can be a good alternative in the future. Actually there is not a version to test yet. There have been code aditions to other projects.

Why I do think Lumiera will be successful, is because the project lead focuses on building a broad community of contributors and they do not focus on short-term success, but rather long-term goals. When they had to decide what logo they should use for lumiera, they put up a forum, a wiki page and a voting system and let the community decide as a whole. And I like what came out. Cool way to do it.

Lumiera Logo
Lumiera Logo after community contest

The interview is pretty interesting. It is a bit more than half an hour. I was also very happy to hear that Lumiera will focus on speed and usability for people with less powerful and expensive hardware. These are exactly the goals of LXDE and Freifunk, which I am happy to support as well. Lumiera folks just incorporate the idea of empowering people. I am looking forward to what comes out of this exciting project.

Die Nicht-Lineare Videoschnittsoftware Lumiera ist gewissermaßen ein Fork von Cinerella. Warum es zu diesem Fork kam, wie der Name und das Logo für das Projekt entstand und warum die Community, die sich mittels Wiki
und Mailinglisten organisiert, jetzt schon eine große ist, obwohl die
Software noch nicht veröffentlich ist versucht unser Moderator Mario
Behling im Gespräch mit Developern und anderen am Projekt beteiligten
Leuten zu klären. (http://blog.radiotux.de/2009/09/02/interview-ueber-lumiera/)

Special thanks to Sirko and Thomas “der genial vom Thema abschweifende” Steinbrecher for giving me the opportunity to conduct the interview and for always keeping us up to date about the FOSS community over the years with radio tux!

Links

* Lumiera project http://lumiera.org
* Lumiera wiki http://pipapo.org/pipawiki/Lumiera
* On Wikipedia http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Cinelerra#Lumiera_rewrite

* Radio Tux http://blog.radiotux.de

Freie Infrastrukturen

In den letzten Wochen ergab sich bei mir ein reger Austausch mit Politikern verschiedener Parteien. Zudem gab es in der Freifunk-Community zahlreiche Anfragen von Journalisten zu Freifunk und freien Infrastrukturen. Gerne mache ich hier meine Positionen öffentlich.

Jeder Bürger hat das Recht auf ein menschenwürdiges, selbstbestimmtes
Leben in Freiheit. Dies kann nur in einer Gesellschaft geschehen, die
Bürgern, Orte für die Entfaltung der Persönlichkeit und ein
menschengerechtes Leben zur Verfügung stellt, unabhängig von Einkommen
und Status. Der freie Zugang zu Wasser, Luft, Strom, öffentlichen
Straßen und Plätzen, Schulen und Universitäten muss genauso gesichert
sein, wie der ungehinderte Zugang zu freien digitalen Netzen als Orte
der Öffentlichkeit im neuen digitalen Raum. Um diese Orte zu
ermöglichen und effiziente lokale Netze und Breitbandinternet für alle
im städtischen und ländlichem Raum aufzubauen, muss das offene Spektrum
neben gegenwärtigen WLAN-Frequenzen ausgeweitet werden. Ein
demokratischer Diskurs kann nur gesichert sein, wenn öffentliche Orte
hierfür existieren. Offene Infrastrukuren wie Vekehrswege,
Telekommunikationsnetze, Energie- und Wasserversorgung sind nicht nur
eine Basis für wirtschaftliche Aktivitäten, sondern grundlegend
notwendig für das gleichberechtigte Miteinander der Menschen in der
Gesellschaft. Sie entscheiden als das zentrale Element, wer aktiv an
der Demokratie, in der Wirtschaft und dem kulturellen Leben teilhat.
Zugänge zu Infrastrukturen müssen daher frei und ungehindert sein. Der
Betrieb von Infrastrukturen ist eine Gemeinschaftsaufgabe. Offene
Betriebsmodelle des Teilens von Ressourcen und Arbeit, wie bei freien
Bürgernetzen, müssen deshalb gewinnorientierten Geschäftsmodellen
gleichgestellt werden. Infrastrukturen dienen zu allererst dem
Gemeinwohl.

Community First!

The current release of MySQL shows
the problems free and open source software projects face that put
business first and community second. Michael “Monty” Widenius critizes in his Blog the current developement model of MySQL and recommends not to use the current release 5.1 of the database system.

The reason I am asking you to be very cautious about
MySQL 5.1 is that there are still many known and unknown fatal bugs in
the new features that are still not addressed.

Monty points out problems stemming from having a company taking the
lead in the development of a free software system – cause they need
something to sell fast. In this article I am supporting the view of
Monty and discuss his views in regards to Freifunk and LXDE.
I believe communities must take the lead in order to make and keep a
project on the bleeding edge, however, we should work together with
companies (like FON.com for Freifunk or ASUS for LXDE) and exchange resources. Both can profit. In the end open and free community projects are all about cooperation.

In his blog entry Monty gives some reasons why the MySQL development department again got a quality problem with the release. Problems are ranging from the fact that MySQL 5.1 was declared a release candidate to early (because of commercial reasons), to focussing too much on new features rather than on quality (because of commercial reasons), to involving developers that are not experienced in developing database systems (Mario: Maybe because they do not come from the community?), to not keeping the development open for testing and participation of the community and more.

As I said in my talk at the MySQL users
conference, I think it’s time to seriously review how the MySQL server
is being developed and change the development model to be more like Drizzle
and PostgreSQL where the community has a driving role in what gets
done! (http://monty-says.blogspot.com/2008/11/oops-we-did-it-again-mysql-51-released.html)

What can we learn for the free software and other open source projects here? The consequences are
clear. Projects that want to stay on the bleeding edge of technology with quality code and widespread support must put the community first.

In the projects I participate – e.g. freifunk, LXDE, FOSS Bridge – I always work hard to bring the community together, make the community grow and keep and foster it. And this is not always easy. There are different expectations of people involved, different goals and outside circumstances change and have positive and negative effects.

For example, even though the Freifunk community was in the spotlight many times in the last two years, it seemed somehow stagnating. We had put a lot of resources to rebuild the website and foster more exchange, but with the broader availability of broadband in some districts in Berlin for example the motivation of people to participate to get constant Internet access became less. Additionally new business models seemed to draw people away from freifunk to something that seemed easier to use and offer many things similar to Freifunk. However Freifunk is more than mere exchange of free Internet access. The idea of Freifunk is to build a local network – the public space in cyberspace, but we did not have the tools easy enough giving everyone the chance to build the local network with the limited resources, especially time!, that people have.. but we are getting there with simpler software and easier to use devices.

FON.com received different reactions in the core groups of the global Freifunk community when it started, ranging from refusing any connection with FON to trying to ignoring it. Some welcomed FON and their involvement. FON pays some of the core OpenWRT developers which is the base of the Freifunk Firmware and it offers new hardware, that can also be used by the Freifunk community. Personally I do not mind working together with FON. As I see it, we have to be pragmatic and everyone has to make a living and the Freifunk community could profit from the involvement of FON and other companies. I would like the decision if people from the community work for and with FON left to the person him/herself. At a recent meeting in Berlin, I have discussed this a bit with Martin Varsavsky. Martin actually asked me how FON could work together more with the Freifunk community.

We should be clear here though. FON and Freifunk are two very different things. FON is a company that labels its participants (actually its customers) community. Freifunk is a community with many different people – students, engineers, scientists, free and open source activists, people who want Internet, people who want a truly free network, people using it for their business, people working for development cooperation and so on. People have different motivations to participate in Freifunk – interest for technology and development, Internet access, interest in new ideas and projects, inspired by idea of freedom, a way to make a living. These people would not participate if Freifunk was a commercial operation. I remember the saying of some ¨Money destroys the community¨. It is formulated in this regard, I believe.

Still, we should not be absolute here – meaning – we should acquire resources and money for the community -> for conferences, events, hardware for developers, funding for projects etc.. Based on my experience of the last years, communities need resources. We should study successful models of communities that have achieved to channel resources to the people really working on it. Associations, Foundations and similar organisations are very helpful here as they keep things transparent and offer newcomers entry points. Also companies that would like to support projects have it easier to talk to someone from the community if there is a working organisation set up.

During recent months I have seen more activity in the Freifunk community again. With the new OpenWRT Firmware Freifunk will have many features which we want for years. I am always talking about the fantastic things we can do in local networks – new usage cases and sharing of content in your local environment, community radio in schools, universities or simply your backyard. Local networks are different to the Internet as cinema to TV. Felix Fietkau and John have presented a development version of OpenWRT to a group in Berlin recently. The new OpenWRT will offer plugins that will let us store content directly on the nodes. With router devices offering USB connections now everyone can have their small webserver at home. We can have a local Web 2.0. With devices connected to sensors like thermometers we can have live feeds from all over the city, the country and worldwide. I do not want this local Web 2.0 called after a company, a device or anything else. We call this FREIFUNK. A global local = glocal network open to everyone – to the public and to companies.

Companies are always welcome to join development and focus on their
business models. However, Open Source, Open Infrastructure and Free Software Projects like Freifunk and LXDE or Open Content projects like Wikipedia have a roadmap that is following
long term goals instead of short term profitability. And people are engaging here not just for monetary reasons, they have much broader motivations and they are inspired by the freedom the communities offer. This is why communities are more powerful. Companies simply cannot compete with this in terms of human resources and motivation. In order to grow and sustain free and open projects and the communities though we need to work together in our different fields and we need companies that engage and support the communities.

Open Hardware: Marek Lindner über die Idee und das Potential offener Hardware

Frank Lachmann spricht mit Marek Lindner über Open Hardware beim Wireless Community Weekend 2008 in Berlin. Themen sind die Idee hinter offener Hardware und das Potential hinter der Idee, der OpenTechSummit 2008 und der Austausch mit Hardwareproduzenten aus Taiwan. Marek ist der Organisator des OpenTechSummit in Taiwan und vielen unter anderem in der Freifunkszene bekannt als ein Hauptmaintainer des Routingprotokolls B.A.T.M.A.N., Contributor bei OpenWRT und Developer bei OpenMoko.



Marek Lindner über Open Hardware auf dem Freifunk Wireless Community Weekend in Berlin 2008 from Mario Behling on Vimeo.

Frank: Was ist Open Hardware?

Marek: Wir haben uns Gedanken gemacht, wie können wir das Open-Source-Konzept, also freie Software, auf Hardware übertragen. Kann das Vorteile bringen? Kann das Nachteile bringen? Können wir Hersteller davon überzeugen? Das heißt im Prinzip, wir haben ein Stück Hardware, wo wir genau wissen, wie es funktioniert, was wir auch modifizieren können, verbessern können und dann anderen zur Verfügung stellen können mit diesen Verbesserungen.

Frank: Es geht dabei um Hardware aus welchem Bereich? Es ist ein zehr spezielles Stück, wie ein Router oder ist das ein Skateboard?

Marek: Das kann prinzipiell alles sein, wo Mikrochips enthalten sind. Skateboards sind meistens schon Open Hardware. Da gibt es offene Standards nach denen diese zusammen gebaut werden und das wollen wir einfach auf die Computerwelt übertragen. Das können Router sein, Schallplattenspieler oder Computer im Großen und Ganzen. Das hat keine Begrenzung.

Frank: Also steht der Begriff für eine Idee der Oeffnung von Geräten. Also dass keine proprietären Techniken verwendet werden, keine Patente, sondern, dass Geräte zusemmen gesetzt werden sollen aus offenen Bauteilen und insgesamt auch offen sein sollen und offen programmierbar.

Marek: Genau, das ist der Sinn der Sache. Es geht darum, dass nicht ein Hersteller nur weiß, wie dieses Gerät funktioniert und das möglicherweise verbessern kann und verkaufen kann, sondern dass das Gerät aus offenen Komponenten besteht und damit ein Wettbewerb möglich ist und dass auch einsehbar ist, was dort passiert und wie es passiert.

Frank: Wettbewerb möglich, heißt aber dann doch innerhalb der verschiedenen Geräte, die es für die Zwecke gibt. … dass ein breiterer Markt zustande kommt.

Marek: Jetzt ist es so: Wenn ein Hersteller etwas entwickelt, dann patentiert er das, dann versteckt er das alles gut und macht eine schöne Schachtel außen herum. Und das kauft man dann und das tut dann, was auch immer es tut, aber niemand weiß genau, wieso es das tut, wie es das tut und niemand ist in der Lage dort anzuschließen und weiterzumachen, sondern nur allein diese Firma hat alles Wissen und alle Rechte darüber.

Frank: Warum ist ein offenes Gerät, eine offene Hardware, besser als eine Geschlossene?

Marek: Wir können ein ganz einfaches Beispiel nehmen. Gucken wir uns den eeepc an, der ein ganz prominentes Beispiel ist, offene Hardware ist. Dieses Gerät wird hergestellt in Taiwan von Asus. Auf dem Gerät befindet sich Open-Source-Software. Viele Programmierer, Entwickler, Leute um den Globus herum, verbessern die Software, verbessern das Gerät, die Möglichkeiten, die man damit hat und machen es sozusagen zu einem besseren Produkt. Nun wäre es auch schön, wenn man auch die Hardware besser machen könnte, zum Beispiel hat der eeepc einen sehr hohen Stromverbrauch. Man kann damit 2-3 Stunden ohne Netzteil durch die Gegend laufen, was für so ein kleines mobiles Gerät nicht optimal ist. Wenn es offen liegen würde, könnten Leute, die damit ein Problem haben, die der Meinung sind, dass sie Ideen haben, wie man das besser machen könnte, das direkt dort einarbeiten und das Gerät verbessern.

Frank: Wo du Asus und den eeepc nennst. Da hat in Taiwan eine Konferenz statt gefunden names OpenTechSummit. Worum ging es da?

Marek: Die Konferenz hat in Taiwan statt gefunden, weil es dort unheimlich viele Hardware-Hersteller gibt. … Wir haben uns dort getroffen, um Hardwareherstellern zu erläutern, wie das Open-Source-Konzept funktioniert, wie man das auf Open Hardware adaptieren kann und um einfach Fragen zu Communities, zu Lizenzen, zu rechtlichen Problemen zu behandeln. Es war ein ganz breites Spektrum, was wir dort abgehandelt haben.

The main idea behind this summit is to create a community feeling for
our cause and then use the synergy created to spread the idea of open
source (free software) development here in Taiwan. The summit will span
5 days (25th – 29th of April) and will be hosted at 4 different places. … ????? community
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??????? Community???????? Open Source (Free Software)
?????????????????????25????29??(http://wiki.openpattern.org/index.php/OpenTechSummitTaiwan2008)

Frank: Das hat bei Asus statt gefunden oder mit Unterstützung von Asus? Was war die Rolle von Asus in dem Fall?

Marek: Asus war dieses Jahr unser Hauptsponsor. Hat dort Räume zur Verfügung gestellt und uns mit Tickets unterstützt, um Leute einzuladen, auch mit Werbung. Es gab eine Reihe von anderen Sponsoren. Intel und die Universitäten haben sich beteiligt. Es war ein ganz breites Spektrum. Es gab unterschiedliche Interessenlagen, warum man sich daran beteiligen möchte und was man sich davon verspricht und die haben wir einfach an einen Tisch gebracht und haben wir miteinander diskutieren lassen.

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Frank: Wenn jetzt die Idee der Open Hardware promoted wurde. Wie war insgesamt die Resonanz, das Feedback? Waren die Leute überzeugt davon?

Marek: Die Resonanz der Veranstaltung war ausgesprochen positiv. Die Atmosphäre insgesamt war sehr gut. Eine Aufbruchsstimmung war sehr gut spürbar. Was konkret dabei herauskommt wird sich erst in den nächsten Monaten zeigen. Es ist unheimlich wichtig kontinuierlich weiter Gespräche zu führen und die Leute weiterhin zu begleiten und das auszuweiten auf mehr Leute.

Frank: Wenn du sagst, ausweiten auf mehr Leute. Wie offen seid ihr gegenüber neün Leuten? Wenn jetzt jemand denkt, das ist ein Thema, das mich interessiert. Wie kann er sich da einbringen? An wen wendet er sich da? Am einfachsten ist es sich auf unserer Mailingliste zu melden oder auf unserem Wiki sich einzutragen. Wir haben bereits die nächste Veranstaltung im nächsten Jahr geplant. Die wird im März statt finden auch wieder in Taipei, noch grösser, noch besser. Wir haben viel gelernt in dem Prozess diese Veranstaltung vorzubereiten und es gibt viele Leute, die das enthusiastisch vorbereiten wollen. Einfach bei uns melden, mitmachen – es gibt viele Möglichkeiten sich zu beteiligen.

Frank: Vielen Dank.

Marek: Gern geschehen. Danke.

Links:

– Marek Lindner, http://wiki.openpattern.org/index.php/OpenTechSummitTaiwan2008_People#Marek_Lindner
– OpenTechSummit, http://wiki.openpattern.org/index.php/OpenTechSummitTaiwan2008
– OpenPattern.org, http://openpattern.org
– OpenPattern Wiki, http://wiki.openpattern.org
– OpenPattern Mailingliste, https://lists.openpattern.org/mailman/listinfo/open-hw
– Freifunk, http://freifunk.net
– B.A.T.M.A.N., http://open-mesh.net/batman
– OpenMoko, http://www.openmoko.com
– OpenWRT, http://openwrt.org
– Asus, http://asus.com
– eeepc, http://eeepc.asus.com
– eeepc Pressemitteilung zum OpenTechSummit: http://eeepc.asus.com/global/news04212008.htm

Open Hardware: Jürgen Neumann of Freifunk.net and Marek Lindner from the Openmoko project about Open Source and Hardware

Jürgen Neumann, one of the initiators of freifunk.net, and Marek Lindner, openmoko developer and B.A.T.M.A.N. programmer, speak about the Open Hardware Initiative event Open Tech Summit in Taiwan.


Open Hardware: Jürgen Neumann and Marek Lindner about Open Source and Hardware from Mario Behling on Vimeo.

Google Video: http://video.google.com/videoplay?docid=3658635997245168365

Links:

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

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.

 

Some more specifications of the router devices:

  • Bittorent, FTP, HTTP download clients included. Now you don’t have to leave your computer on to complete your downloads, they can be easily stored on a Compact Flash card (up to 64GB) or on external USB Flash / hard disk

  • Network OS with AJAX user interface

  • Integrated organizer with Calendar, To-do and Notes

  • RSS feed reader

  • LCD screen for displaying news, notes and current activities

  • P2P streaming media server for video and audio

  • Very rich network functionality (QoS, tunnels, routing, firewall, NAT, etc.)

Extendable

  • PCI bus for wireless interfaces, video, Ethernet and other miniPCI devices

  • I2C bus for serial memory, A/D and D/A converters, temperature/voltage monitors

  • RS232/RS485 for keyboard, LCD and other devices for industrial applications

  • USB host with two ports for various serial devices from flash disks to web cameras

  • GPIO for relays, LEDs, etc.

Memory

  • RAM: up to 512 MB

  • Flash: 8 MB on-board, extendable up to 64 GB using CompactFlash

Green and energy saving

  • Fully ROHS compliant

  • Processor power consumption (typical): 0.72 W at 266 MHz

Stable

  • Hardware watchdog timer

  • Industrial temperature grade

  • ESD protected Ethernet and power ports

  • Reliable tantalum capacitors on board except for only one electrolytic cap


Software ported to

  • OpenEmbedded Linux

  • OpenWRT Linux

  • FlashSYS Linux with revolutionary AJAX interface

  • eCOS Real Time operating system

Created for

  • Wireless and wired router solutions

  • Machine2Machine (M2M) applications

  • Industrial applications

  • Home wireless AP and media servers

  • Automation devices

Wireless

  • Chipset Atheros AR5414

  • IEEE Standards 802.11a/b/g (2.4/5 GHz)

  • Security Hardware 64 and 128 bit WEP; Hardware TKIP and AES-CCM encryption; WPA authentication

  • Bandwidth up to 108 Mbps

  • Modulation OFDM, TDD

Technical details

  • PowerPC processor: 266 or 333 MHz clock frequency

  • 1 or 2 ESD protected Ethernet ports

  • miniPCI sockets for 802.11 wireless cards and other expansion

  • 32-512 MB SDRAM, 64 bit wide for high memory bandwidth

  • 8 MB FLASH for system BIOS and programs

  • True IDE CompactFlash (CF) header for custom OS and applications

  • 7 to 36 V DC supply through DC jack or passive power over LAN connector

  • 2 RS232 serials ports (1 DB9 male socket), RS485 interface header

  • JTAG interface header

  • Hardware and software watchdog timers

  • LM75 thermal monitor

  • GPIO header

  • USB 2.0 host

  • I2C bus header (can be used for front panel interface)

  • 2 LEDs and 1 pushbutton switch, freely programmable

  • Board size: 115 mm x 97 mm

  • CE certified

What are free layers?

Some questions should be answered that could help to understand what free layers actually are.

1. What is the common idea behind free culture, free content, free
software, free hardware, free infrastructures and a free economy?

2. What are working examples of free layered projects and why do they work and others did not?

3. Who are the people engaged in communities building free layers?
a) What do the people in these communities identify as the basis for
their project? Political changes, technological changes, cultural
changes?
b) What do people engaged in projects have in common, what not? – ideas, organizational structures, background.
c) What is the motivation of people to take part in these projects?
d) What are the difficulties of people engaged in projects and how do they solve problems?
e) What communication technologies do they use primarily?
f) What common cultural particularities can be identified?
g) Where do the people involved meet, work and communicate?

4. What difficulties a systems of free layers face in regards to
international treaties, patents and copyright laws and censorship?

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.

Freifunk in Rostock: Interview mit Freifunkern auf dem 23c3 Chaos Communication Congress

In der Wireless Corner treffen sich die Freifunker beim 23. Chaos Communication Congress am Alexanderplatz. Am Rande spreche ich mit Rene und Mathias von der Opennet-Initiative aus Rostock über die Organisation des lokalen Freifunk-Netzes, die Zusammenarbeit mit der Universität und ihre eigene Motivation. Zudem berichtet Rene darüber, wie freie Netze kürzlich unter seiner Mithilfe in Kerala in Indien entstanden und Berliner Freifunker sich im Bundesstaat Goa engagieren.


Direkter Link: http://video.google.de/videoplay?docid=3644128649013383692