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Author: Naomi R
To: Freelab, squatconf
Subject: Re: [Squatconf] Prosfygika Network -- first milestone reached
Regarding mesh networks:

There are two I know of, one in Athens (AWMN; actually not using mesh as
such, but a community network) and one in Sarantaporo, near Mount Olympus.

The Athens one was very popular five or ten years ago, but now that
commercial internet connections have become cheaper, it has become an
elitist geek club.

The Sarantaporo one is better, but there is a lack of people / time /
energy / technical ability, so it is not well maintained.

I'm involved in a group that is creating a community network in and around
Exarchia, but it is slow going - we are learning as we go along, and we
don't have a lot of money or technical people.


On 30 Apr 2017 22:20, "ng0" <contact.ng0@???> wrote:

> Hi,
> very interesting email. I'm especially interested in technical (and
> non-technical) projects and jobs you have to work on, I'm curious
> to meet new people and groups. Though flights
> to greece or anywhere at all are currently not affordable for me.
> I've seen of your website that you use wordpress.
> Have you looked at the wordpress with modifications A/I with noblogs.org
> and blackblogs uses? The source of A/I can be found here:
> https://git.autistici.org/groups/ai/
> Freelab transcribed 10K bytes:
> > Long time no report from us, but hey, this is Greece; everything takes
> > more time.
> >
> > Some of you may still remember that we invited Squat Net to happen in
> > our humble place this year. I hope it may become reality. Anyway, we
> > keep beavering out and making our community more visible to the world
> > (https://network23.org/prosfygika-community in the making).
> >
> > Meanwhile, mostly thanks to unstoppable Naomi R and some generous
> > donations, we reached the first milestone assumed for Prosfygika
> > Neighborhood Network:
> >
> > 1. All users that were previously connected through crumbling and
> > fragmented cable infrastructure, are now connected via uniform system of
> > staircase-installed access points. They pay a modest (5 Euro per flat
> > per month) fee, that is 100% spent on the development of the network and
> > other infrastructure.
> >
> > 2. All network is integrated into one address space, under single master
> > router managing internal traffic.
> >
> > 3. External traffic goes through master router load balancing module and
> > two uplinks provided by local service provider. ISP no more has ablity
> > to monitor internal traffic.
> >
> > 4, We are now ready to set up our first internal services, to go beyond
> > the idea of "just accessing internet".
> >
> > The next milestone I hope to discuss soon in the community, but possibly
> > it will include more uplinks, extended set of services and shifting
> > towards mesh topology.
> How are mesh networks in Greece in general? Is there anything like Freifunk
> which covers large parts of cities and villages?
> > Now, after achieving a little bit, we need your help to achieve more.
> >
> > 1. We have a guest room here in the infrastructure section, ready to
> > host tech people coming to help. If anybody fancies having a "working
> > holidays" in Athens, as a resident hacker of a very peculiar anarchist
> > squatting community, there is an opening. We offer a decent level of
> > cultural shock, guest room (with an option of separate flat for
> > longer-term guests) and a whole bunch of problems to solve.
> > Food is available, but one has to be able to chip in a bit, or run
> > separate kitchen. Largely, we live in a kind of urban network, staying
> > as much out of the system as it is possible.
> >
> > 2. Now, when we have our users reconnected, it is time to set up our
> > first service, which is going to be a public message system. The role
> > model is Pirate Box, but we need it to be customised and rebranded, so
> > it would become Prosfygika Public Announcement system. We have TP-Link
> > MR-3020 for this purpose, with some external storage. If we can find
> > anybody keen and able to help us setting it up, it would move the whole
> > network onto different level. So, please give me a shout.
> >
> > 3. A while ago, some of you folks contacted me, offering help in various
> > forms. I am still in process of recovering my mail archives after the
> > disk crash (cheap USB pockets kill SSDs!) so if you are still there,
> > contact me again, please. We now need a lot of hardware for servers and
> > desktops, both in the infrastructure department and for our users.
> > Anything that can decently run some linux or Cyanogen will be used
> > wisely. Detailed wishlist available upon request and soon online.
> > ***Featured*** need is a decent teleconference camera (we are setting up
> > a teleconference/webinar station). 75 Euro is the cost of the one I
> > found here, but it makes solid dent in our resources so perhaps some of
> > you has a better solution?
> >
> > Hope to hear from some of you soon. Stay tuned to our website, as it is
> > going to be the official communication channel now.
> >
> > Best,
> > Petros, Prosfygika, Athens, Greece
> >
> >
> >
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