Free Networks Manifesto
Given the actual state of Internet, the network of networks, mainly operated and controlled globally by a small number of international corporations, whose main motivation is merely economic; and considering the implications that this fact have in the way that the development of the network of networks is taking, the members and activists of the Free Networks manifest that:
a free network is a computer network that is collaboratively built and managed by it's own users and presents a minimum of the following features:
warrants decentralization and avoids monopolization of resources, coercion or oppression.
respects net neutrality.
warrants free and public access.
it's structure is distributed; grow from any existent node is possible.
- interconnection is made between pairs that can publish or use services and content in equal conditions.
- promotes creation of other free networks, their interconnection and interoperability.
Strategies and common actions
- prioritize interaction with other actors that promote common good. For instance, but not being limited to:
- educational and health institutions.
- formal or informal social organizations
- promote the exchange of necessary knowledge for social appropriation of the technologies that make possible the existence of free networks.
- use Free Software for the implementation of the different components of the network. When free software alternatives aren't available, their development will be promoted.
- promote free licenses' use, not only for software but also for any production that could be under copyright law; both documentation about functioning and administration of the network and information that moves through it should have licenses that allow their free circulation.
- defend the right to free circulation and access to information and knowledge.
- work towards getting participation of free networks in the Neutral Points for the zones they cover as a strategy to: amplify it's coverage, improve possibilities of interconnection between free networks and defend the principles of freedom, neutrality and common good inside the communication infrastructure of their regions.
- take actions aiming to achieve states' recognition of free networks and modification of relevant regulations that could facilitate their creation and expansion.
To facilitate creation of free networks, state legislations should see them as first-order actors in the communications infrastructure of the country, taking into account the value that their development represent for the common good. Experience shows that free networks:
- increase, in it's coverage area, access to new technologies.
- represent a unique opportunity in those areas where reach of traditional network operators isn't economically feasible.
- being complimentary to state policies of "digital inclusion", free networks can provide capillarity for actions to really get to the population that needs such policies the most.
Appendix 1: Technical provisioning
(just a few notes)
To maintain a distributed network structure, redundant routes between nodes that create the free network should be reinforced.
About item a.5 in the Manifesto "the interconnection should be between pairs...", is desirable that:
- the networks provide fixed IP addresses and an internal domain name resolution service.
- bandwidth should be symmetric.
Appendix 2: Pico Peering Agreement
Available in English: http://www.picopeer.net/PPA-en.html