[Berlin-wireless] Neue Folge von Flo Fleissig

spazio.frizzante at gmx.net spazio.frizzante
Mi Okt 18 20:12:29 CEST 2006


Hab die neue Folge von Flo Fleissig, gedreht bei der WOS, fertig gestellt. 
Diesmal auf Englisch..

Lawrence Lessig darin über Freifunk: "It is an extremely important project 
to liberate the physical layer right now."

Ciao Mario



Free Culture, Free Software, Free Infrastructures! Openness and Freedom in 
every Layer of the Network  (Flo Fleissig, Episode 1)

"Hello this is Flo!" .. from the free culture, free software, free 
infrastructure conference Wizards of OS in Berlin. "It is good stuff you can 
do here. There are excellent panels with excellent people from all over the 
world." And Flo is gonna go out to interview some of those excellent people. 
Watch how Flo talks with Kloschi, Freifunk activist and developer from 
Leipzig (Germany), finds out that Kurt Jansson, head of the Wikimedia 
association in Germany, uses the same Freifunk gateway as himself or learns 
about the early days of free infrastructures in Germany by talking to Jürgen 
Neumann one of the "founding fathers" of the Freifunk community. Further on 
Rishab Ghosh from the United Nations University in Maastricht explains how 
open content and open infrastructure are closely related, before he gets an 
overview of the development of the world's biggest wireless network in 
Berlin by Flo . And of course he also gets to know where he finds Flo's node 
in the network. Also, Lawrence Lessig from Stanford University and Creative 
Commons (and without name tag) describes the free network project in Berlin 
as "an extremely important project to liberate the physical layer right 
 now." Flo: "Thank you Larry . and here is your name tag, which I found." 
Finally Allison and Benoit from free wireless community in Montréal explain 
about different models to share and give us a few insights into the chances 
and difficulties you face when you try to establish a free and open network.

Flo firstly conducts an interview with Kloschi, one of the developers of the 
Freifunk Firmware and network builder from Leipzig. Flo: "What can you tell 
us about Freifunk at the conference?" Kloschi: "We have a long shot through 
this area. It is 6 km . and we get Internet from over there. It is rock 
solid mesh!" Flo: "Wow! Great! And what are you interested in at the 
conference?" Kloschi: "I am really interested in the community activism and 
in the open source business model. How does it sustainably and positively 
integrate - to have a survival in a commercial world and still going the 
free or open way."

Kurt Jansson (head of the Wikimedia association in Germany), talks about the 
connection of open content, free licences, free and open source software and 
the development of free infrastructures. Freifunk... "I am using it when I 
am out in the park and I site there in the green and edit Wikipedia. I think 
it is a great way to give access to people." By the way the favourite 
article of Kurt on Wikipedia is "French Kissing".

Then Jürgen Neumann, one of the brilliant people who initially came up with 
the idea of Freifunk in Germany explains more about the idea behind free 
wireless infrastructures: "The idea is to have a local wireless network, 
which is run by the users, where people just add their own access point to 
the network. It becomes part of the infrastructure. Between all these access 
points they have their own network. They can do whatever they want with this 
network. There is no regulation. They have a symmetric connection. They can 
share information. They can use VoIP and everything for free."

Following Jürgen, Rishab Aiyer Ghosh from the United Nations University in 
Maastricht and founder the most widely read peer-reviewed on-line journal of 
the Internet First Monday shows the relationship and the commons and 
differences of free and open content and infrastructures: "Open content and 
open infrastructure are fairly close related. When you got open content you 
need to distribute it somewhere and there is no point of having open content 
if nobody can access it or there is high barrier to access it. ... The main 
thing about content is, when you contribute and collaborate content it can 
be copied many times. With infrastructure on the other hand it is hard. Once 
you got infrastructure you can't duplicate it. It actually costs money. 
...What you can do by opening it, you allow many more people to access the 
infrastructure once you paid for it already. ... It does not matter to you 
if one person using it or a hundred... But it provides a benefit to a lot of 

Lawrence Lessig (without name tag) from Stanford University and Creative 
Commons and one of the biggest open source persons in the world underlines 
the importance openness in every layer: "It is extraordinarily important to 
have openness really in every layer of the network. The physical 
infrastructure needs to have open and free resources, the logical and the 
application ... needs to be open and the content layer too has to be open. 
These things work together to encourage a wide range of innovation and 
creativity. So it is an extremely important project to liberate the physical 
layer right now." Flo: "Thank you Larry . and here is your name tag, which I 

Finally Allison and Benoit from free wireless community in Montréal talk 
about their new project to create an island without wires and their idea of 
a mesh network. So far they could already set up about 120 hot spots in 
public places. Benoit also explains the difficulties to share in a mesh 
network and the need to establish a network in a sociological sense as well. 
Benoit: "I am a bit disillusioned... I am really looking forward with 
meeting the Freifunk people to see how they made a mesh sociological 
successful.... because I kind of don't believe in it anymore. So I am 
looking for some fresh ideas." Flo: "... Hey! We all wanna share.. Hm.. 
Maybe not..." Allison: "I think sharing is good, but I think there are 
different kinds of models to share... another kind of model to share... it 
is a model to create a space for sharing for people ... If they are in their 
favourite café, (our) captive portal page gives them a kind of identified 
virtual space that goes along with the physical space they share."

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