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network infrastructure as commons

Obiettivo

Communication and information distribution are key components of a modern society. The advent of the Internet has been often invoked as a remedy for their democratization. The truth shows a different picture: the digital divide is widening the gap between those who can access and take advantage of the new systems, and those who remain disconnected.
The Internet’s unsustainability, coupled with the lack of awareness of the actual complexity of the Internet’s organisation, means that users are mostly unaware of the potentials of digital interaction and, most of all, of the possibility to have a bottom-up, democratic, communal organisation of it.
netCommons studies an emerging trend: community-based networking and services that can offer a complement to the global Internet’s model. Community networks not only offer to citizens the access to a neutral, network infrastructure, which naturally increases the transparency of data flow, storage and use, but they also represent the archetype of networked collective cooperation and action.
Community networks are complex systems that require multiple skills to thrive: technical, legal, socio-economic, and more. They face many challenges and they need means and tools to grow and produce a higher impact on society.
netCommons follows a dual approach to achieve its goals: 1) It works at a local level, mingling with the communities to gather relevant information, elaborate it, and return them advanced tools to grow and thrive; 2) Starting from the hands-on experience and work, it contributes to Internet Science by abstracting concepts: it studies and offers solutions and interpretations, that can be used by legislators and decision makers, to build global awareness of the importance of
sustainability, participation, co-operation, on-line information, democracy, peer production, and how to foster the development of community networks to generate socio-economical opportunities based on this paradigm of Internet Science.

Meccanismo di finanziamento

RIA - Research and Innovation action

Coordinatore

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 651 500,00
Indirizzo
Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento
Italia
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo di paesi terzi
€ 0,00

Partecipanti (5)

UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA
Spagna
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 303 000,00
Indirizzo
Calle Jordi Girona 31
08034 Barcelona
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo di paesi terzi
€ 0,00
THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG
United Kingdom
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 356 250,00
Indirizzo
Regent Street 309
W1B 2UW London
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo di paesi terzi
€ 0,00
CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS
Francia
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 360 000,00
Indirizzo
Rue Michel Ange 3
75794 Paris
Tipo di attività
Research Organisations
Contributo di paesi terzi
€ 0,00
NETHOOD
Svizzera
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 0,00
Indirizzo
Limmatstrasse 209
8005 Zurich
Tipo di attività
Other
Contributo di paesi terzi
€ 405 625,00
Regione
Schweiz/Suisse/Svizzera Zürich Zürich
 
ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER
Grecia
Contribution nette de l'UE
€ 262 750,00
Indirizzo
Kefallinias Street 46
11251 Athens
Tipo di attività
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
Contributo di paesi terzi
€ 0,00
Regione
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