The netCommmons Team

The netCommons project

netCommons is a Horizon2020 research project, which follows a novel transdisciplinary methodology on treating network infrastructure as commons, for resiliency, sustainability, self-determination, and social integration. Project partners have 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

Yearly Meeting of the French Federation of Community Networks

The “law and policy” team of the netCommons research team is just back from a three-day field trip in Southern France with French Community Networks. Here is an account of our activities and key take-aways.

Data retention and telecommunication providers: New EU Parliament meeting

The netCommons's legal team reports on the recent strategy meeting at the European Parliament on "the Future of Data Retention and Targeted Criminal Investigations". The overall conclusion is clear: the legal framework of almost every member states is in breach of EU data retention law, and the rulings of the Court of Justice protecting fundamental rights are not applied.

netCommons Endorses and Supports the "Mesh is in the air"

This year, the "Wireless Battle of the Mesh" and the "Wireless Community Weekend" have joined forces and realized a new event, called "Mesh is in the air", merging the best of both events.

Recent and future events

Political Economy of an Alternative Internet

As part of the netCommons project, UoW organizes a one-day workshop in London in May 15, 2018, which will conduct a joint stakeholder and academic debate and aims to provide useful results for CNs. The workshop will draw on research conducted within the project; specifically, research on legal and sustainability challenges of CNs, as well as a survey collecting concerns about the Internet and views of the respondents vis-à-vis CNs as alternatives.

Encounters in the hybrid city

The netCommons project collaborates with the MAZI project in organizing a series of gatherings, or encounters, that bring together people from the digital and urban rights movements in an informal and playful way. There is no other agenda but to raise awareness between digital and urban activists for each other's challenges, tactics, and lessons learned. The format varies depending on the context and the available resources and time.

What strategy for Alternative Internets?

In this workshop, at the Institut de recherche et d’innovation, Beaubourg Center, Paris, netCommons and NextLeap are inviting activists and researchers to discuss the state of play, reflect on the success and failures of the "alternet movement" and lay out strategies that can help it grow and flourish in the coming years.

Recent news

netCommons at UNESCO

The netCommons project, together with members of its advisory board visited on January 30, 2018, the offices of UNESCO in Paris for a discussion on the potential impact of Community Networks for several Internet Universality Indicators.

Félix Tréguer receives the IAMCR 2017 CP&T Best Emerging Scholar Award

Félix Tréguer of the CNRS netCommons team received the 2017 Emerging Scholar Best Paper Award of the CP&T (Communication Policy & Technology) section of the IAMCR (international association for media and communications research) for his paper Alternative Internet Networks: History and Legacy of a “Crazy Idea”.

Expression of Interest for a Junior Research Position: Legal and Policy Recommendations for Community networks


The Department of Engineering and Information Science of the University of Trento is recruiting a temporary junior researcher in media and telecommunications law (at the post-doctoral, PhD or master level) for a period of 12 months to produce legal information and policy recommendations for community networks, as part of the netCommons project.