The netCommmons Team

The netCommons project

netCommons is a Horizon2020 research project, which proposes a novel transdisciplinary methodology on promoting and supporting the creation of network infrastructures as commons, for resiliency, sustainability, democracy, self-determination, and social integration. The partners of the project have strong expertise  in engineering, computer science, economics, law, political science, urban, media, and social studies; and close links with successful Community Networks like guifi.net, ninux.org, and sarantaporo.gr.

 

Recent blog entries

Letter to EU Policy-Makers: Making Regulation Work for Community Networks

After many discussions with many European Community Networks (CNs), researchers from netCommons are happy to present a draft open letter on "policy recommendations for sustaining Community Networks". The letter is targeted at European policy-makers, who recently started working on an overhaul of the telecom regulatory framework.

CNs promoted as 'the other' way to connectivity at IGF2016

The Internet Governance Forum 2016 was this year in Guadalajara, Mexico, on December 5-9 2016. There were lots of events: pre-events, post-events, lots of conferences, workshops, booths, tents, side-meetings, parties. netCommons was there and participated in many events through Roger Baig and Leandro Navarro (guifi.net and UPC).

netCommons at the NinuxDay, the meeting of the ninux Community Network

On November 26th and 27th in Florence the ninux community organized the third NinuxDay. The NinuxDay ("the only day that lasts for a week-end") is the aperiodic national gathering of the ninux community, the last one was organized in Rome in 2013.
Ninux is one of the oldest community networks in Europe and it has always been peculiar because it is primarily focused on the network itself, rather than on Internet access.

Recent and future events

Building Community with the Help of ICTs

Accessing the Internet day in, day out is part of everyday life. But we take for granted that the way we access the Internet is via a service provider, usually among the largest for-profit corporations in the world. We rarely think about whether there are alternative forms of Internet infrastructure that do not operate access as profitable business. This event explores community networks as alternative forms of Internet access and presents two talks on community networks by experts who come from academia and industry.

GAIA Community Networks: Sustainability & Regulation Workshop

netCommons participates in the organization of the next GAIA workshop in Cambridge, January 26 & 27, 2017, about the development of local networking infrastructures using cooperative & open-access management schemes.

Agricultural Sector, ICT Innovations and the Commons - Towards Building Synergies

netCommons' partners Athens University of Economics and Business and NetHood, in close collaboration with Sarantaporo.gr non-profit organization, started a series of participatory design workshops in the area of Sarantaporo in order to reveal critical challenges faced by the agricultural sector in the area and explore possible opportunities for the design of innovative cooperative actions around agricultural production with the support of new technologies and common infrastructures like community wireless networks.

Recent news

Digital Social Innovation Fair, Rome, Feb1-2

The DSI Fair 2017 is coming soon and is offering a rich program featuring an international conference, focused workshops, networking and hands-on sessions. The line-up of speakers includes experts and practitioners, as well as policy makers and civil society players from all over the world.

CfP - JoPP issue #11 on "CITY"

This special issue aims to explore a wide variety of alternative and innovative peer practices, like urban agriculture, food sustainability, solidarity economy, right to the city movements, cooperative housing, community networks, P2P urbanism tactics, co-design practices and more, that are directly reflected in the production of urban space. There is particular interest in novel combinations of theory, methodologies, and practices that can contribute to peer production in the city and enable new synergies between projects and communities.

European Commons Assembly

The first European Commons Assembly is taking place on November 15-16 2016 in Brussels. Around 150 commoners will convene, discuss, showcase, and reclaim Europe in the European Parliament, in cooperation with the EP intergroup on Common Goods and Public Services.