bits of berlin

This is a podcast about tech in Berlin. Hosted by Tam Eastley and Bodo Tasche


Episode 6 - Freifunk

Internet for everyone! A right to access the internet

Have you ever checked your phone for available wifi and were then pleasantly surprised to see there, just waiting for you?

That's thanks to Berlin's Freifunk community, a non-commercial grassroots organization based on the idea that the internet should be free for all. Routers placed delicately on balconies, church towers, and anything high above the rooftops, connect to each other using mesh technology.

Not only is Freifunk great for the average user, it's also received lots of press due to the high number of refugees coming to Germany. With the help of Freifunk, refugees entering the city of Berlin have been able to connect to their families and loved ones after a long trip and difficult trip to safety.

In this episode we talk to Carsten about his love of Freifunk, and how it works.

Glossary/German words
  • Förderverein = association
  • Störerhaftung = liability for interference
  • Verein = club/association
  • Freifunk
  • Open Wifi Map
  • Donate your stuff to a refugee organization
  • Music Internet As Entertainment by darwin's goat under CC-BY 3.0
  • Sept 16th: Freifunk meetup (every Wednesday)
  • Sept 23rd: Berlin Charity Coding
  • Sept 26th: Rossconf


 2015-09-15  23m