Free Community Networks in Catalonia with

Ramon Roca from talking to ARTE-TV.

Thanks to Elektra for the translation.

Gurb in Spain
1002 km to Brussels

Ramon: The NSA scandal almost makes us laugh I have founded so we can build broadband internet access ourselves.

Voiceover: Here in the middle of the catalan nowhere a digital revolution started 10 years ago.

Ramon and his neighbors have build their own broadband internet because the big commercial providers had no interest in providing access to the village and its vicinity. Today, is one of the greatest altenative networks in the world.

Ramon: I want to show you where the cables merge together. Right here. This rack is the equivalent of a telephone switchboard in a village. It is a bit dirty because this shag actually belongs to my garden. What it can do is impressing. I can’t say it precisely, but these are the routers of 5000 households.

Overdub: In a Freifunk-Network the participants are networking among each other and not via Internet providers. They can directly share data with each other, chat, write e-mails. A decentralized network that the users control themselves.
Thereby their data is secured from access by third parties. Meanwhile, the Internet-Guerilla are able to roll out their own fiberline network. Today, Ramons colleagues are working since 3 AM. We all know that the government operates slowly.
We can’t wait until laws are solving all our problems.

In our case this also comfortable for us: With regards to communication, we can do or not do whatever we like.

Freifunk Google Summer of Code 2014

We are excited that Freifunk has been accepted as a Google Summer of Code Mentor organization again in 2014.

We are now looking for interesting student projects. Participating community networks and projects have already put up a list of ideas on the wiki.

Students can apply for example for projects developing packages for OpenWrt (the basis of the freifunk firmware) extending its functionality or other useful network tools such as management server tools, graphic interfaces for existing tools, map extensions, p2p tools that take routing into consideration, implementing wlan sleeping modes, routing protocols and more.

The deadline for student applications is 21 March: 19:00 UTC. We recommend to start your application now. You also need to add an enrolement form into the system.


Freifunk Google Summer of Code Timeline

21 March:

19:00 UTC

Student application deadline.

Interim Period:

Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

7 April:

Mentoring organizations should have requested slots via their profile in Melange by this point.

9 April:

Slot allocations published to mentoring organizations

Interim Period:

Slot allocation trades happen amongst organizations. Mentoring organizations review and rank student proposals; where necessary, mentoring organizations may request further proposal detail from the student applicant.

15 April:

First round of de-duplication checks happens; organizations work together to try to resolve as many duplicates as possible.

18 April:

  1. All mentors must be signed up and all student proposals matched with a mentor – 07:00 UTC

  2. Student acceptance choice deadline.

  3. IRC meeting to resolve any outstanding duplicate accepted students – 19:00 UTC #gsoc (organizations must send a delegate to represent them in this meeting regardless of if they are in a duplicate situation before the meeting.)

21 April:

19:00 UTC

Accepted student proposals announced on the Google Summer of Code 2014 site.

Community Bonding Period:

Students get to know mentors, read documentation, get up to speed to begin working on their projects.

19 May:

  1. Students begin coding for their Google Summer of Code projects;

  2. Google begins issuing initial student payments provided tax forms are on file and students are in good standing with their communities.

Work Period:

Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

23 June:

19:00 UTC

Mentors and students can begin submitting mid-term evaluations.

27 June:

19:00 UTC

  1. Mid-term evaluations deadline;

  2. Google begins issuing mid-term student payments provided passing student survey is on file.

Work Period:

Mentors give students a helping hand and guidance on their projects.

11 August:

Suggested ‘pencils down’ date. Take a week to scrub code, write tests, improve documentation, etc.

18 August:

19:00 UTC

Firm ‘pencils down’ date. Mentors, students and organization administrators can begin submitting final evaluations to Google.

22 August:

19:00 UTC

  1. Final evaluation deadline

  2. Google begins issuing student and mentoring organization payments provided forms and evaluations are on file.

22 August: 20:00 UTC

Students can begin submitting required code samples to Google

25 August:

Final results of Google Summer of Code 2014 announced


* GSoC Page:

* Idea Page:

Free Networks Italy – Ninux Day 2013 Call For Papers

The Ninux Day (the only day that lasts a weekend), organized by the wireless community network, will be held on November 1,2,3, 2013 at Fusolab 2.0, in Rome.

The aim is to gather under the same roof members of Italian and European wireless community networks and all who are interested in:
 * the Net as a common
 * spontaneous networking, bottom-up
 * city networks
 * wireless mesh networks
 * routing protocols
 * networking-oriented operating systems
 * distributed management and monitoring
 * distributed and decentralized services
 * resilient networks
 * community automanagement
 * legal aspects of community networks and wireless networks
 * artistic expressions linked to community networks or wireless networks

If you want to propose a talk or a practical workshop on these topics, of the maximum length of 45 minutes, send an e-mail to with a 50-100 words abstract and a short bio before October 2, 2013.

When: November 1,2,3 2013
Where: Fusolab 2.0, Via della bella villa 94, Roma, Italy
Mailing list: (en)
Node Map:
Ninux Day 2009:
Fee: free entrance, donations are welcome

[via Clauz]

Bristol Wireless Video

Bristol Wireless is a community project where people formed a cooperative to work together. They provide services all over Bristol, UK. I found a video that was produced already in 2005 now. Enjoy!


* YouTube
* Download:

Wireless Community Networks List on Wikipedia

Thee free wireless community is growing and for some time I tried to keep a list of communities on the Global Newswire Site at The bigger the community gets the more difficult it becomes. Instead of maintaining a seperate list of freifunk communities I will join the maintainers of a list of communities in the English Wikipedia, who have created a wiki page here: List of wireless community networks by region.