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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.

Internet for everyone by everyone

The topic of the plenary session for the last IETF 101 in London was about "The Future of Internet Access", or how community networks, spectrum regulation and satellite links can enable the remaining 50% of the global population in developing their own network infrastructures.

French pratical guide for CNs and organisations providing an open access to the Internet

As part of the WP4, studying the legal framework of the community network and actors interacting with them, netCommons publishes short legal practice guides.

The first guide, written in collaboration with La Quadrature du net, is about French law. It aims to offer synthetic and human readable guidelines for organisations providing an open access to the Internet (such as Library or Internet Cafe).

It explains, in French, how these organisations should understand their legal obligations regarding data rentention, data processing and net neutrality.

The Internet of People Dagstuhl Seminar

Dagstuhl Seminars are international meetings for researchers and scientists that meet in an informal way to share their vision on a specific research theme, and open the way to new research fields. As the Schloss Dagstuhl website reports a seminar "is organized by at most four organizers, established leaders in their field, representing the different communities invited to the Seminar, preferably from different institutions. Dagstuhl invites on their behalf about 35 to 45 researchers of international standing from academia and industry, among them promising young researchers.

The ninuxday 2017

As it happened in 2016, in November 2017 about 20 people of the ninux community gathered, this year in the city of Bologna, to discuss about the state of the network and of the community. According to the participants the community is more or less stable, with some new islands (that's the way ninux communities are called) that are growing in the center-South of Italy, and some other ones, especially in the North that struggle to pass from one-man project to real communities.

Internet censorship and blockade in Catalonia - self-sovereign Internet infrastructures


Dear all, the recent days Catalonia is (in my opinion) under a defacto state of siege. You may have heard that today the 1-O referendum in Catalonia is ongoing. 73% of electoral offices were open this morning despite the blockade from prosecutors, judges and the charges from police forces. There are very long queues to vote. Meanwhile the "guardia civil", a military police, together with the riot police, have entered in large groups to some of the electoral offices to seize the ballot boxes and papers. As a result of the police charges to peaceful people, about 500 people so far have suffered injuries (you can find in the media sad images of the police charges) ...

Notes on European Electronic Communications Code before decisive votes in European Parliament

In February, European Community Networks (CNs) and supporting organisations have expressed their concerns about the upcoming “European Electronic Communications Code” in an open letter sent to EU policy-makers.

The European Parliament will soon have two major opportunities to address these concerns.

Stockholm Internet Forum

The SIF, today May 17 and 18 is an international forum for in-depth dialogue and discussions on how a free, open and secure internet promotes human rights and development worldwide.

The need for local solutions to local connectivity problems, and the ways to enable everyone is the focus of one session in the conference: Community access – Helping the last 4 billion get connected.

Draft report on "Electronic Telecommunications Code" calls for immediate action

On March 17th, the Industry committee of the European Parliament (ITRE) – responsible for assessing the proposed Code – has issued its draft report, which will contain the main amendments that will be discussed by the whole Parliament in few months. Until April 4th, members of the ITRE committee may propose further amendments to this report. Such additional amendments will be necessary given that, in its current state, the draft report is even worse than the initial proposal, aggravating the gap between small operators and incumbents, extending to 30 years the duration of radio spectrum rights and removing the initial provisions in favor of the open spectrum. Its sole merit is to remove the administrative fees for small operators.

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