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network infrastructure as commons

Objective

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.
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Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

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Via Calepina 14
38122 Trento

Italy

Activity type

Higher or Secondary Education Establishments

EU Contribution

€ 651 500

Participants (5)

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UNIVERSITAT POLITECNICA DE CATALUNYA

Spain

EU Contribution

€ 303 000

THE UNIVERSITY OF WESTMINSTER LBG

United Kingdom

EU Contribution

€ 356 250

CENTRE NATIONAL DE LA RECHERCHE SCIENTIFIQUE CNRS

France

EU Contribution

€ 360 000

NETHOOD

Switzerland

ATHENS UNIVERSITY OF ECONOMICS AND BUSINESS - RESEARCH CENTER

Greece

EU Contribution

€ 262 750

Project information

Grant agreement ID: 688768

Status

Closed project

  • Start date

    1 January 2016

  • End date

    31 December 2018

Funded under:

H2020-EU.2.1.1.

  • Overall budget:

    € 2 339 125

  • EU contribution

    € 1 933 500

Coordinated by:

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI TRENTO

Italy