When it comes to internet access Germany keeps lagging behind, not only in terms of bandwidth, but also in terms of legal responsibilities of hotspot operators (this so-called „Störerhaftung“ has been recently been debated at the German parliament). Apparently there are plans to provide free of charge wifi access in the city of Hamburg (article in German) starting next year. I really appreciate this development. But in „free of charge“-supply usually the charge is only substituted by other commercial interests which makes the offer not free in a broader sense and often times even less attractive from a privacy point of view. For free, unrestricted, non-commercial, anonymous access you can however rely more and more on a grassroots initiative called „Freifunk“ that we already support and which is growing fast.
As the last preparations are made, the countdown has begun for The Hamburg Innovation Symposium 2014, first anounced here in January. The theme of our symposium is Open & Collaborative Innovation and we are very proud to welcome in Hamburg some of the most prolific researchers on the topic as keynotes as well as participants — just take a look at our program here.
We were taken by surprise how fast we received requests to participate and are very sorry to say that our limits are already more than reached so that we cannot admit further participants. In case we receive the necessary funding, we might organize THIS a second time next year. So stay tuned.