Community Networks Stories - albeit with different names - can be traced back to the early days of the Internet, but come back with much greater intensity from the 1990s on.
Ιn recent years, however, with the revelations of Edward Snowden, Aaron Swartz and WikiLeaks, as well as widespread net neutrality, there is an international scene of artists, hackers and network professionals working together with ordinary users looking for and finding new ways to use Community Networks alternatively.
Trends are emerging and hybridizing the network system architecture, the relationships that develop between users and networks, as well as between users themselves. This central demand concerns the development of off-the-cloud networks with specific qualities. Networks that are outside corporate monopoly structures but are interconnected and can offer solutions to problems in the productive economy, the cultural scene, security of use and the inclusion of large populations, such as refugees.
At the Transitional Networks Workshop, which will take place on Wednesday, June 8, 2016 at 6:00 pm at the Onassis Stegi, the keynote speakers, Elias Marmaras, George Klissiaris and Panagiotis Antoniadis, will present cases from Greece and the world of community networks built to provide connectivity to disadvantaged groups, such as rural areas (Sarantaporo.gr Community Network) and refugees, but will also examine the relevance of these activities to the contemporary critical artistic creation.
Admission to the event is free.