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[liberationtech] Deadline extension: International Summit for Community Wireless Networks 2013

Dan Staples danstaples at
Fri May 31 11:01:56 PDT 2013

FYI, the deadline for workshop and panel proposals at this year's Summit has been extended until July 1st. See below for more info.


Are you passionate about using technology to improve your community? Do
you want to help expand access to affordable Internet? Are you an
advocate for open technology, ICT4D or community-owned infrastructure?

If so, then we invite to you to participate in this year's International
Summit for Community Wireless Networks (IS4CWN)
<>. The Summit will take place in
Berlin on October 2-4, 2013.

IS4CWN is a gathering of technology experts, policy analysts,
on-the-ground specialists, and researchers working on state-of-the-art
community broadband projects across the globe. Above all, IS4CWN is a
community of communities, and the annual summit serves as an opportunity
to share ideas and challenges, discuss policy issues, and coordinate
research and development efforts.

The 2013 Summit theme is community. In the past decade -- which included
the founding of Freifunk <>, the birth of the
International Summit for Community Wireless Networks, and the genesis of
major projects including Commotion <> and
CONFINE <> -- the community wireless movement
has expanded substantially in both size and visibility.

But where do we go from here? How can we take the movement to the next
level in terms of technological advancement, community engagement, and
diversity? We encourage our speakers, workshop leaders, and participants
to think big this year and help us grow our community of communities.

Interested? Head on over to
Registration is open and forms to submit workshop proposals and
request travel funding are available. Early registrants will receive a
50% discount.

Potential topics include: using wireless for social justice, rural
broadband frameworks, technical developments in mesh networking,
spectrum policy, training communities in technical skills, case studies
of networks, challenges of corporate monopolies, and much more.

This year's Summit is committed to having a diversity of voices and
experience, and we're looking to have a lot of new faces in the room.
Community networks encompass a whole range of social, political and
technical challenges, so technical knowledge is definitely not required.

Access to technology and technical knowledge has been historically
inequitable and remains so to this day. Recognizing this, the
International Summit for Community Wireless Networks aspires to include
participants and speakers from a broad range of backgrounds and
experiences. We seek and welcome diversity in order to reflect the
communities that wireless networks can and should serve, cultivating
expertise, creativity, and innovation. Please join us in creating an
environment of respect, equity, and accessibility at all levels of
Summit involvement.

Dan Staples

Open Technology Institute

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