Freie Kommunikation in digitalen Datennetzen

Freifunk steht für freie Kommunikation in digitalen Datennetzen. Frei im Sinne von öffentlich zugänglich, nicht kommerziell, im Besitz der Gemeinschaft und unzensiert. Wie es funktioniert wird in diesem Video erklärt.

Als angehender Aktivist bei Freifunk Bodensee habe ich gerade bei meinem Openstream Kollegen René Hoffmann nach Rat gefragt, da ich meinen TP-LINK kaputt geflasht habe. Alles nicht so einfach, aber man lernt viel dazu, wenn man neue Technologien ausprobiert und obwohl ich bereits im Frühjahr das erste mal von Freifunk gehört habe, habe ich mich erst letzte Woche entschlossen zwei neue Knoten am Bodensee zu eröffnen.

René ist bereits seit 2-3 Jahren in der Weimarer Freifunk Community aktiv und hat z.B. im dortigen Flüchtlingsheim Freifunk eingerichtet. Ähnliches könnte ich mir vorstellen in Radolfzell ins Leben zu rufen.


Das um die Jahrtausendwende gegründete Freifunknetz in Weimar ist neben dem in Berlin und Leipzig eines der ältesten mit aktuell ca. 120 Knoten. In der vorletzten Sendung von Freifunk Radio unterhielten sich Elektra, Andi, René und Stephan über Freifunk Erfurt und Weimarnetz. Beide Communities stellen sich vor, plaudern über Router, Firmware und Technik.

Freifunk Bodensee trifft sich am Donnerstag in der Toolbox Bodensee in Markdorf, leider zeitgleich mit dem im Coworking Radolfzell statt findenden digitalen Donnerstag. Für das übernächste Treffen werde ich wohl auch mal nach Markdorf fahren.

Beitragsbild: Mischpult der ersten Freifunkradio-Aufnahme im Studio der Raumfahrtagentur in Berlin.

Skateboarding against untouchability and gender inequality

India’s largest skateboarding park isn’t in a big city, it’s in a small village in the state of Madhya Pradesh.

A sport which has long been identified with urban neighbourhoods across the world, is being used in a village in central India as a trigger for social change. Ulrike Reinhard – a German national – established a skate park in Janwar in February 2015, with the help of a few Indian and international skateboarding organisations.

The region to which the village belongs is notorious for being one of the most socially and economically backward areas of the country. Untouchability, gender inequality, illiteracy, and alcoholism are rampant here. Through the voices of Ulrike and the children of the village, the film documents how the skate park is gradually changing the social fabric of the village and addressing some of its most deep rooted issues.

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Psycho-Linguistical WordPress Realities and String-Intelligence to Fix it

Going to a WordCamp is always a great experience, because it’s easy to meet new and interesting people from the WordPress community. Like e.g. the friendly owner of Tangara Communications from Hannover who’s founded his WordPress and 3D agency 3 years ago leaving his former career as a consultant in the music industry behind.

Then you stumble upon an attendee’s beautiful sketchnotes the creator of which happens to give a beginners course for sketchnotes in Frankfurt next Saturday. In case you fall in love with sketchnotes and have more confidence in your drawing abilities than I have. But the 2nd sketchnote claims it can be learned by anyone.

That happened before the 1st day’s keynote started in which Caspar Hübinger spoke about German psycho-linguistical realities and a string-intelligent (English adjective of the German word creation String-Intelligenz) version of the German WordPress translation, which is supposed to be included in the German version of WordPress 4.7. He thereby inofficially granted all German-speaking translators permission to use common sense to make translations not only gender-neutral, but also more human-friendly.

Translating freely is not an easy thing to do, but it definitely should be applied by a free and open source software like WordPress to eventually maybe even influence the German language itself. Maybe one day we will no longer blog, but wordpress about stuff. Just like we google for information and no longer search for it?

In the afternoon I went to Petya’s entertaining explanation of the remote agency toolbox she uses as an employee of Human Made and world traveler. You can feel that she likes to share stories about work and personal experiences, which is the basis for any good presentation. In the end of her presentation she spoke about mastering online communication.

WordCamp Frankfurt Petya

In written communication among people from different cultures and backgrounds she recommends to remember the following rules:

  • always assume no harm is meant
  • it’s not personal
  • don’t take yourself too seriously
  • don’t be an asshole (kindness is a universal language)

Now it’s time to head over to the community party and meet 2 of my Twitter contacts in person for the first time and probably a couple of other new and old folks. Follow me on Twitter if you like to learn more about WordPress and the WordPress community.

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(Main picture courtesy of Brina Blum)