International Summit for Community Wireless Networks 2008 — Washington, DC.

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The New America Foundation, CUWiN Foundation, the AAAS Science and Human Rights Program, and the Acorn Active Media Foundation will be hosting the annual International Summit for Community Wireless Networks in Washington, DC on May 28-30, 2008. More information will be forthcoming at wirelesssummit.org in coming weeks.

Hosted by the world’s largest general scientific society, the American Association for the Advancement of Science (AAAS), this year’s summit will continue its tradition of featuring wireless leaders, innovators, activists, and community networking visionaries from around the globe. “With large-scale network implementations demonstrating the viability of open source wireless technologies, and corporate franchise business model faltering, the movement is at a critical juncture in its development” states Sascha Meinrath, Summit Director. “This year’s International Summit for Community Wireless Networks will explore issues of global integration and local control over these vital communications media.”

Additional summit topics include:

  • The role of community wireless networks in supporting human rights
  • The current state of US and international telecommunications policies
  • Exploration of state-of-the-art FOSS wireless technologies
  • Social networking and other WLAN services and applications
  • Community wireless updates from Europe, Africa, South America, and Asia
  • White space devices, “device as infrastructure” networks, & disruptive tech
  • Legal issues in community wireless networking
  • Alternative business models and sustainable networking
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