• two new chapters 27 May 2015
    Hi All, This chapter had been a stump. It has been substantially reworked and enlarged and has received the new title “Free Networks Between Countryside and City, between North and South“ The second part is completely new and contains an interview with Confine open-call-participant Carlos Rey-Moreno, Western Cape University http://www.thenextlayer.org/node/1306 This chapter had perviously been […]
  • Towards the Network Commons (Conclusions) 23 May 2015
    Hi All, this is for the time being the last chapter of my draft book on the network commons (I will now return to previous chapters and revise them) This draft chapter summarizes my findings. Based on a recent trip to Germany, where vibrant new communities have triggered discussions about what makes the essence of […]
  • Book Project Rise of the Network Commons (Update) 8 May 2015
    In April I have worked on the concept and structure of the book. I have changed the chapter structure and introduced a new sub-chapter on rural wireless and wireless community networks in underdeveloped regions. I have conducted research on wireless community networks in poor countries and I have evaluated a number of interviews, among them […]
  • Optimize database performance 8 May 2015
    In April 2015, Ralf motivated me to look at the performance of database queries. Playing with the postgresql parameter log_min_duration_statement and looking at the resulting log entries identified some queries ripe for optimizations. Optimize pid_query for SAW sqlalchemy wrapper Use type information, if available, to optimize pid_query For unknown types, query for type_name first, then […]


Large-scale integrating project (IP) Community networks are an emerging and successful model for the Future Internet across Europe and far beyond.The CONFINE project complements existing FIRE infrastructure by establishing a new facility built on the federation of existing community IP networks constituted by more than 20,000 nodes and 20,000 Km of links. These community networks incorporate a large and wide variety of commodity wireless and optical links, heterogeneous nodes, different routing protocols, applications and a large number of end-users, following an innovative model of self-provisioning using unlicensed and public spectrum.The project develops a unified access to an open testbed with tools that allow researchers to deploy, run, monitor and experiment with services, protocols and applications on real-world community IP networks. This integrated platform will provide user-friendly access to these emerging networks supporting any stakeholder interested in developing and testing experimental technologies for open and interoperable network infrastructures, strengthening open community networks. This type of networks is an emerging and successful model for the Future Internet across Europe and beyond. The project includes as partners well established community networks with large end-user bases and diverse application providers (e.g. content distribution, voice, data and multimedia communication), research institutions with experience in key related areas, non-profit organizations and SMEs with experience in supporting researchers, community networks and end-users.Open call: a new open call with project funding was open from September 2 closing (Extended to November 14) October 19, 2013 to use and expand our community networking testbed (Community-Lab) by external research groups, and also by other community networks. Details of our work in the project wiki. Events we organize: