What the project is about

Community networks have proven that it is possible to connect distant, remote, rural or disadvantaged areas to the Internet through radio frequency technology, by allowing people without a high-level of technical skills or resources to deploy their own network infrastructure. This kind of initiatives have been set-up in different places around the world, such as Greece, Nepal, Argentina, Catalonia, India, Ghana, South Africa, Venezuela, Italy, and other countries. They have been growing slowly but steadily, reaching out to people that were not being connected by any type of service provider, be it private or State owned.

AlterMundi, as part of that “network of networks”, has developed over the years a set of tools that have lowered the technical barrier for people to deploy network infrastructure. But there are still some tools that need to be improved, some that need to be built from scratch and some others that need to be documented better in order to allow a bigger audience to take full advantage of this solutions and to reach out to other communities of interest that could potentially deploy community networks in their regions.

Community Networks have been depending since their inception on modifying existing off-the-shelf routers to adapt them to their particular needs.
Software development originated in Community Network groups and the Free Software movement as a whole, has pushed the barrier of innovation and helped comercial enterprises develop new products over the years.

This virtuous relation between hardware vendors and the community has been threatened by new regulation from the Federal Communitations Commision (FCC) – U.S.A. – which has led vendors to globally close up their routers to third party modifications, hindering open innovation and effectively closing the door to Community Networks in terms of access to the hardware they depend on.

The Libre Router project will design and produce a high performance multi-radio wireless router targeted at Community Networks needs. Global South reality and that of Latin America in particular will be specially considered in terms of cost and legal viability.

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The community networks in Argentina:

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Marek

Marek mastered both, software development and hardware manufacturing. He has been around the topic of Wifi, routing and efficient mesh protocols since the early days of WiFi community networks. He started in the Freifunk community in Berlin where he quickly became a key contributor. He is the founding father
and lead architect of the B.A.T.M.A.N. protocol. On the hardware side, Marek spent the last 8+ years leading the development, manufacturing and flawless operation of more than 1mio wireless AccessPoints world-wide.

Gui

Gui Iribarren (Argentina, AlterMundi VicePresident)
Core developer of the LibreMesh firmware. Guido has extensive experience helping communities around the world, knowing the needs and challenges faced by non-technical individuals from different cultures. He’s also been involved in the firmware design of two BattleMesh events, where developers of the dynamic routing protocols used by community networks get together to test and improve their software in a cooperative competition.
His main role is hardware and software testing and integration.

Nico

Nicolás Echániz (Argentina, AlterMundi President)
He has been involved in Community Networks for over a decade. Nicolás
co-designed the multi-radio mesh network model that AlterMundi shares
with communities willing to build their own communications infrastructure. He co-designed the LibreMesh firmware, the Librenet6 mesh tunel broker and the LibreMap maping tool. He co-created the Dynamic Coalition on Community Connectivity (IGF). He is a regular speaker in related events and he has authored numerous articles on
Community Networks on printed as well as online media.
His main role will be project coordination.

Carlos Rey-Moreno

Dr. Carlos Rey-Moreno is a Post-Doctoral fellow in the Computer Science Department at the University of the Western Cape, South Africa. He received his PhD at Rey Juan Carlos University (URJC, Spain) in 2015. From 2007 to 2011, he was a researcher at the EHAS foundation and URJC, working on the field of rural broadband telemedicine networks for developing countries, participating in the design and implementation of long distance Wi-Fi networks in Spain, Peru and Malawi. Since 2012, he is with the BANG group at UWC. He has been instrumental in the co-creation of Zenzeleni Networks – Mankosi, a telecommunications co-operative in one of the most disadvantaged areas of South Africa, whose sustainability plan has been main focus on his PhD, and has participated as a facilitator in Connecting Eenhana, a community network in the north of Namibia.

Terry Gillett

Terry Gillett is an electronics and communications engineer based in
Brisbane, Australia. He holds a Master of Engineering Science degree from
Qld Uni and has worked for many years in research and development roles in
Telco, Finance and University based organisations.
He is a current contributor to the VillageTelco project and has been
involved in the development of the VT MP02 devices and the SECN, VT-RACHEL
(digital library) and VT-MoToLi (literacy) software used on these
and otherdevices.
Terry supports several NGOs operating in SE Asia and the Pacific regions
providing community and school based networks and micro-servers, and a
program of refurbished Linux based laptops for schools in remote and rural
areas.

Pau

Pau Escrich is a Computer Engineer (Polytechnic University of Catalonia 2011) with a Master in Free Software management (Open University of Catalonia 2014). He has been working eight years as GNU/Linux operating systems administrator in the private company. And four years in the public university as a researcher for topics related with networking and distributed systems. As Free Network activist, he has been involved in several projects like qMp.cat, wibed.tk, libremesh.org, battlemesh.org, guifi.net and guifisants.net. He is also a follower of the hacker way of thinking, the open source culture and a crypto-anarchist lover.

Isa

Isa is a social worker from Austria. She has worked for several years with young people outside the frame of traditional social work focussing on self empowerment, enviroment protection and climate justice. Often she is directly involved and often she acts as a coach in the implementation or planning stages of projects. Projects and topics she is involved: River Jump 3 Nations one Nature, natural cosmetics, foodcoops, environment protection, climate justice,
She will coach and organize social events, work on the documentation of the project, public relations, the website…

Juli

Julián Manuel de la Reta, vive en José de la Quintana, provincia de Córdoba, Argentina. Es realizador audiovisual y, entre otras cosas, esta a cargo de realizar los tutoriales que utilizamos para explicar el funcionamiento y la construcción de la tecnología diseñada por Altermundi.
El cree en un mundo donde el acceso a las herramientas para construír nuestro futuro estén al alcance de todos y no controladas centralmente en manos de pocos. En cuanto a su área específicamente, cree que sin igualdad mediática no existe una verdadera democracia, ya que escuchamos sólo las opiniones y consumimos sólo la información de quienes tienen el poder sobre los medios masivos. Por esto, la difusión de las herramientas es esencial (junto con la estructura legal y estatal que la avale) para construir un futuro mejor para todos y todas.