News from the frontlines of the Open Wireless Movement
Cross-posted from the Free Press blog.
Imagine a world in which, neighborhood by neighborhood, people stop putting password locks on their Wi-Fi networks and instead share their Internet connections with their neighbors, giving everyone in their community access to a fast and open Internet.
Cross-posted from the Internet Archive blog
We are excited to join the Electronic Frontier Foundation and other open-minded organizations in the Open Wireless Movement. We have long believed that there should be many and low-cost options to get access to the Internet. Individuals and organizations sharing their WiFi networks with their neighbors can be one such option. The Open Wireless Movement shows how do that safely and legally.
Citing extraordinary costs and scant results, a high-level French official has announced intentions to defund Hadopi (In French: Haute Autorité pour la diffusion des œuvres et la protection des droits sur internet), the government agency charged with shutting off Internet access of individuals accused of repeat copyright infringement.
Copyright trolls lost one of their knobby clubs this week. Judge Lewis Kaplan of the U.S. district court in Manhattan ruled that the owner of an Internet connection cannot be found liable for "negligence" simply because another person uses his wifi connection to commit copyright infringement -- even if he knows about it. After this decision, copyright trolls should find it harder to coerce settlement payments from innocent people for the commonplace act of sharing an Internet connection.
Earlier this week, digital activists alerted us to a concerning situation in Austin, Texas: officers at the local police department had announced a plan to search out all of the individuals running open wifi connections in Austin and warn them about potential dangers of running an open network. Thankfully, quick mobilization by our friends at EFF Austin helped stall this plan before it could take effect.
This spring, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) executed a search warrant at the home of Nolan King and seized six computer hard drives in connection with a criminal investigation. The warrant was issued on the basis of an Internet Protocol (IP) address that traced back to an account connected to Mr. King's home, where he was operating a Tor exit relay.
The Open Wireless Movement has begun. A coalition has formed and we're making it happen. Join us.
If you sometimes find yourself needing an open wireless network in order to check your email from a car, a street corner, or a park, you may have noticed that they're getting harder to find.
Stories like the one over the weekend about a bunch of police breaking down an innocent man's door because he happened to leave his network open, as well as general fears about slow networks and online privacy, are convincing many people to password-lock their WiFi routers.
Last week's news that Google's Street View cars collected the content of messages flowing over open wireless networks while mapping the location of those access points is a privacy wake-up call to the company and wireless users alike.