The International Summit for Community Wireless Networks is a community of communities. By bringing 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 serves as an opportunity to share ideas and challenges, discuss policy issues, and coordinate research and development efforts.
Community wireless networks help us not only to bridge the digital divide by offering affordable communications, they also allow ordinary citizens to create and engage with these networks on our own terms. Since the first Community Wireless Summit in 2004, mesh networking and other community wireless technologies have continued to develop and grow in popularity. These networks empower individuals and communities in many ways that profit-driven services do not.
2013 also marks the 10 year anniversary of Freifunk, a Berlin-based community of projects supporting free mesh networking tools. These projects include Freifunk Firmware and OpenWRT, routing protocols OLSR and B.A.T.M.A.N, and many others. Freifunk projects have been instrumental in laying the groundwork for many community wireless networks, and have been deployed in countries around the globe.
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