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Sarantaporo.gr Non Profit Organization is awarded financial and consulting support by the Ashoka Impact Project

Sarantaporo.gr NPO was proudly one of the three awarded projects of Ashoka's social impact empowerment program, called the "Ashoka Impact". The funding and support will assist them with their ongoing work towards implementing their social business plan and growing their impact. Congratulations Sarantaporo.gr!

DIY networking: the path to a more democratic internet

This article was originally published on The Conversation. Read the original article.

The refugee crisis has revealed the limitations of the telecommunications market to offer internet connectivity to people in need. As is often the case when the market fails, citizen organisations have stepped in.

Finding "commons ground" with Sarantaporo.gr

Sarantaporo.gr is a six-year old community network in the north-eastern part of Greece, serving 14 villages in an agricultural area near Mount Olympus. It was originally conceived as a means to address the digital divide in Greece by a small group of people, who ever since play an important role in its implementation, management, and constant evolution.

Workshop on the History and Theory of Alternative Media

On July 8, 2016, netCommons project partners from CNRS and Westminster University gathered in London with their guests for a workshop on the history and theory of alternative media networks. The day-long event aimed to link theoretical perspectives on alternative communication networks and media technologies with practical cases by drawing on the participants’ experiences and historical knowledge.

Supporting Community Networks Through Law and Policy

During the workshop on community networking infrastructures held in Barcelona on June 17th, 2016, I talked about the regulatory hurdles faced by Community Networks (CNs) in Europe, as well as a few potential solutions. Here is the long version of the talk…

Meet the French community of citizen networks

From May 5th to May 7th 2016, I conducted participant-observation during the fifth general assembly (GA) of FFDN, the umbrella organizations gathering 29 community networks (CNs) operating across France (plus one in Brussels, Belgium).

Defending Free Software for radio devices

The netCommons project follows very closely the developments regarding the EU radio directive which was adopted in 2014, and which is currently being transposed at the national level by the member states. The reason is that Article 3.3 might put in jeopardy the ability to install alternative, unauthorized by the manufacturer, software on radio devices. We try to answer in simple words a few frequently asked questions in this context, as a quick summary of the detailed analysis provided by the FSFE.

Building networks together, as commons

On April 22nd, Panayotis Antoniadis will give a talk at University College London, which summarizes two new Horizon2020 CAPS projects, netCommons and MAZI (meaning "together" in Greek), in which NetHood proudly participates. The abstract of the talk describes the motivation for the existence of these two complementary projects which focus on different types of community networks, different research disciplines, and different case studies.

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