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The Open Wireless Movement is a coalition of Internet freedom advocates, companies, organizations, and technologists working to develop new wireless technologies and to inspire a movement of Internet openness. We are aiming to build technologies that would make it easy for Internet subscribers to portion off their wireless networks for guests and the public while maintaining security, protecting privacy, and preserving quality of access. We’re also teaching the world about the many benefits of open wireless in order to help society move away from closed networks and to a world in which openness is the default. Our efforts follow the opinion of nationally recognized computer security expert Bruce Schneier, who considers maintaining an open wireless node a matter of “basic politeness”: Whenever I talk or write about my own security setup, the one thing that surprises people—and attracts the most criticism—is the fact that I run an open wireless network at home. There’s no password. There’s no encryption. Anyone with wireless capability who can see my network can use it to access the internet. To me, it’s basic politeness. Providing internet access to guests is kind of like providing heat and electricity, or a hot cup of tea. We’re working together to advocate for a world where the Internet will be available to more people while also using the spectrum more efficiently. And we are working to debunk myths (and confront truths) about open wireless while creating technologies and legal precedent to ensure it is safe, private, and legal to open your network.


They seem to advocate and educate people about the benefits of trade-free wifi for everybody. No password, no encryption they say. Of course these open wifis are not all around the world so far, so one could argue that’s a trade, as you have to be at a certain place to access that open wifi, but I see that more like the language trade of an organization who provides say trade-free books and they are not available in your language. Important is: It’s trade-free if they don’t ask anything in return. And if that’s the case of these open-wifis then they’re trade-free.

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