(Ich verwende Google Translate) Können Freifunk und Freifunk-Communitys außerhalb Deutschlands erstellt werden?
Selbstverständlich können sie das.
Die Konstruktion mag aber evtl. anders sein, weil evtl. lokale Gesetze Dinge verbieten, die in Deutschland möglich sind. Oder Dinge erlauben, die in Deuschland verboten sind. (Schlicht: Die Regulierungsauflagen. Oder die Regeln für den Betrieb von Vereien. Aber das ist dann auch schon wieder kein Freifunk, sondern nur ‚wie man das Geld zusammenbekommt, damit der Freifunk technisch läuft‘)
Aber prinzipiell können sich alle „Freifunk“ nennen, die sich zu den Regeln des „Freifunk-MOU“ bekennen.
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# Freifunk Memorandum of Understanding
After 10 years Freifunk is quite successful, well known, and widespread. However we don't see that the original ideas and goals of Freifunk are still taken into consideration by all communities or all community members. It is not our intention to exclude communities which don't identify with this self-understanding. But we are interested in a basic discourse about what we are doing here jointly under the label Freifunk. This draft was written by a group associated with the Förderverein Freie Netzwerke e.V. It is meant to be a basic understanding and intends to encourage all communities to reflect on the stated topics. Why do we engage in Freifunk? Which ideas are behind it? Which goals do we pursue? According to which principles do we make decisions and take action? It is the goal of this text to develop an understanding which connects all individuals and groups who act under the label Freifunk.
Free (wireless) networks are built and provided by many local initiatives. The users are simultaneously operators of the computer networks. They create "do it yourself" networks by self-reliantly connecting apartments, houses, streets of houses, districts, villages, or whole cities. A Freifunk network is built in a decentralized way and is operated by many individuals. This decentralized structure of organization deliberately promotes local activities instead of wanting to be governed by a higher entity. "Frei" (free) stands for making these networks open and anonymously accessible, they are to be operated in a non-commercial way, are not analyzed and the information passing through them is not to be inspected, modified, or censored. Although Freifunk refers primarily to WLAN networks, the term "freie Netzwerke" (free networks) should be seen in a broader context. Among other things, it follows the spirit of the freenetworks.org definition.
Despite all decentralization we think it is reasonable and important to come to a common understanding on the basic principles of the undertaking Freifunk, in order to act jointly and support each other in our activities.
## Goals of Freifunk
The use of technical networks has become a everyday occurrence long ago, nevertheless the underlying power and action mechanism are often not being reflected sufficiently. Freifunk has declared its goals to be (among other things) the creation of an awareness of these contexts in the broader society, the promotion of free and open access to public networks, and encouraging self-determined actions. In this process we would like to include the needs of various societal groups. We consider diversity and a broad spectrum of ideas to be an important foundation to reach these goals. We would like to encourage all participants to take matters into their own hands, and would like to support them in getting familiarized with the subject matter. We are aware that this is an elaborate learning process. However, we would like to avoid hierarchies (of knowledge) caused by the desire of participants to merely "consume" the service. According to our view this leads to the erosion of the basic idea of a "do it yourself" network.
Being Freifunkers we participate in the political process in order to achieve the legal preconditions for free networks. The Freifunk movement is non-partisan in this respect and works across party lines.
## Principles of Freifunk
It is our wish to have the social community building and the technical implementation of free networks in the communities according to common principles: decentralized, with as few and as shallow hierarchies as possible, yet with a common agreement.