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Citizen Participation in the Global Free Network Movement

Two different approaches to citizen participation in free networks. The one is in Catalonia where it grew into something called I2Cat and the other is in Oakland California were citizen participation is absolutely from the bottom up

This January Februray COOK Report explores I2Cat and its living labs which are designed to bring the possibility for innovation into the hands of the ordinary citizen in the way the more exclusive European research and education that words cannot do what makes the difference and similarly fascinating is that I2Cat claims to be able guide channel citizen participation whereas in Oakland the situation has at least it several decades of citizen involvement where things like complex workings here to flow much more naturally than in the constrained atmosphere of I2Cat in the Iberian Peninsula. In the case of i2Cat We work with Artur Serra who has been chartering for the past 20 years a unique road of Catalonian participation and innovation. We find it strange that such innovation is something that can even be subject to handling by higher authority as it were. It seems that it must be must much more spontaneous however it is quite possible that the differences in culture between Barcelona and Oakland California explain the seemingly irrevocable differences between the two approaches.

In any case what was quite fascinating was how the director of Artur Serra worked with us in our extremely detailed depiction of queasy net and it meant it that perhaps he had not understood quickly that briefing that was not just another carrier but was much more like a citizen led i2Cat like group. We can have an i2cat considerable control over broadband resources and if they would bury their differences and focus on their compatibility is very likely that they could combine infrastructure to the benefit of everyone in the area and indeed this is one at the end of November they promised to do this. They have had one meeting already pledging a joint membership and cooperation and have another scheduled for 15 January 2014.

In the case of the Oakland treatment the citizen participation in hacker spaces is so well entrenched that these are coming first and the Oakland's Freenetis being built in support of the already existing citizen innovative collaboration.

In any case what was quite fascinating was how the director of I2Cat Artur Serraworked with us in our extremely detailed depiction of queasy net and it meant it that perhaps he had not understood quickly that briefing that was not just another carrier but was much more like a citizen led Parliament IQ Like group. We can have an IQ Control consent to broadband resources and if they would bury their differences and focus on their compatibility is very likely that they could combine infrastructure to the benefit of everyone area and indeed this is one at the end of November they promised to do they have had one meeting already pledging a joint membership and cooperation and have another scheduled for 15 January 2014 2cat.

 

In the case of the Oakland treatment the citizen participation in hacker spaces is so well entrenched that these are coming first and the Oakland's network South is being built in support of the already existing citizen innovative collaboration.

 

Contents

 

Executive Summary                                p.6
The Importance of Self Determination for Lafayette, Louisiana        p. 8
Introduction
“Do it Ourselves” Enables Free and Open Networks
as a Commons Infrastructure under Local Control                p. 11
“Do It Ourselves Networks“ as an Antidote to the
Tyranny of the Corporate State?                                p.  13
Public or Private; Craft or Science; and Other Issues of Funding        p.  16

A guifi.net Open House in Barcelona
Saturday May 4                                        p.  21

Part One
Building guifi.net from the Ground Up in Castellón     
p. 25
Expanding guifi.net Outside of Catalonia
How a University Professor and His Colleague Have Grown
4,000 Nodes in Five Years                                    p. 26
How to Avoid Proprietary Software                            p. 28
Castellón Versus Valencia                                    p. 29
Network Serves its Users as Politically Neutral  Infrastructure        p. 34
What a Neutral Network Means                                p. 35
Is Guifinet to Be Run as a Democracy?                        P. 38
User Mail Lists                                            p. 40 Notes on Installer’s Training Session                            p. 41
Three Kinds of Students                                    p. 42

Trip to a Ridge Top to Explore Moving a Supernode p 45
Our “road crew”                                        p. 50

Guifi.net in Vilafranca del Cid, Castellón            p. 51

Part Two
How Guifi.net Runs at Scale

Gaudi’s Heirs Challenge Secular Power                        p.  55

Introduction to the LocalRet Problem                p. 56

LocalRet was a Learning Experience                 p. 57
It Was Necessary to Change the Basic Law                        p. 65

Sarcred and Secular: Gaudi’s Sagrada Familia
 A cathedral unlike any other in the world.                    P. 67
Sacred and Secular in the 21st Century
Ramon’s Supernode                                        p. 69
What’s going on here? The Business Model                    p. 71

The Ecology of Guifi.net                             p. 73
Understanding the Network as a Complex Business
The Strategic Process                                    p. 77
A Way of Thinking                                        p. 79
Canvas                                                p. 82


The Operation and Governance of Guifinet
Reason for Having a Foundation Board & Qualifications for Members     p. 89
Guifi Share Technical Collaboration Groups                    p. 94
The Document Library                                    p. 96
The GLIR and the NOC                                    p. 97
Installers                                                p.100
Partners and Publicly Visible Accounting and Expenses            p.104

Promoting Fiber Optics in Calidentes                p.111

Part Three
AlterMundi  in Argentina    
                        p.114
AlterMundi Interview – May 6th                        p.116
The Goal of a Society Based on the Freedom of
Peer-to-Peer Collaboration                                    p.117
Altermesh – an Objective to Build a “Geek Free” Free Network        p.118
The Village of Quintana                                    p.119
Our Captive Portal                                        p.122
Community Radio                                        p.125
Connecting to the Rest of the World                            p.126
Delta Libre                                            p.127
Villages Seeded with the Educational Laptops                    p.129
Battlemesh                                            p.129

Part Four
Isaac Wilder and the KC Freedom Network
        p.132
Free Network Foundation in Kansas City            p.135
The Trap                                                p.135 The Free Network Foundation                                p.136
Connecting for Good                                        p.136
Mutual Musicians                                        p.138
Black Economic Union                                    p,138
Reconciliation Services                                    p.138
March 2013 Clint Wynn Joins as Education Director                p.139
Tech Dojo                                                p.140
Mid Summer Connectivity Push                                p.141
The guifi.net Geeks Arrive                                    p.142
Photo Essay
The Mind Awakens                                    p.145
Engineering Studies for Lincoln Prep                            p.148

Going from Just an on Ramp to the Internet to an Individual
User Authenticated Community Network                        p.151
Weekly Partner’s Meetings                                    p.152
An Interlude from Isaac                                    p.154
Oakland Freenet                                        p.154
Mesh Protocol Issues as Background to Libre Mesh                p.156

Part Five
A Mutual Musicians Foundation

Renaissance for Kansas City
Anita Dixon's Vision for the Preservation of the
Cultural Heritage of Kansas City Jazz                        p.157
Editor’s Introduction                            p.158
A Cultural Renaissance for the Three Square
Miles in which Kansas City Jazz was Born        p.159
“Don’t You Go to that Dad Gum Union Hall!”                    p.159
I Have Kept the Promise                                    p.160
Straightening Out the Finances                                p.161
Why the Musicians Union Hall is so Special                        p.161
Our Photographic and Sound Recording Heritage as a Key to
Marketing and to Our Future                                p.163
Connectivity to the Internet                                p.165
We Are a Neighborhood Where the  Internet Should Be a Utility        p.166

Part Six - France
Federation of French Data Networks                p.168
The Federation of French Data Networks (FFDN)
If You Do Not Want Minitel 2.0, You Must Oppose the Large Providers    p.169
A human structure at the local level                            p.170
Network Commons License                                p.174
Laurent Geurby                                            p.177
DIY Mail list                                            p.177
A Call to My Readers                                        p.179
Ecuador Commits Itself to Open Commons Based Knowledge
Society
                                                p.181