Open networks discussion

Bandwidth, wired or wireless, was originally seen as a ‘commons’. Through market-driven regulation it has been made into an object of consumption by the creation of artificial scarcity and asymmetric models of access. The discussion on open networks, organised by m-cult and pixelACHE, compares experiences of civic and DIY network initiatives which aim to reclaim bandwidth as a shared resource. The aim is to open the black box of bandwidth and to place it in a political, social and cultural context.

Armin Medosch is a writer / artist who has engaged with and researched open wireless initiatives in London and Vienna.

Petri Krohn is an activist engineer who has developed fiber optic community networking in the Helsinki area.

Moderator: Minna Tarkka is director of m-cult, currently involved in making space for public access media in Finland.