I was interviewed by Tim Pritlove from Chaos Radio. Since I launched FON, I have been giving many interviews. And in this time, Tim conducted the interview so well, that I felt thankful. His questions permitted create the perfect atmosphere for me to explain FON into great and precise detail.

He first asked “What’s FON”. We then chatted about linus, Linksys firmware, Brainslayer, Ejovi our USA Fonero Leader, Wimax, WiFi gadgets, ISPs, the German market, Google and Skype, WiFi city projects… I think both of us contributed to make this podcast valuable for people to really understand and get to know FON.

If you already know Chaos Radio, you may also be familiar with Chaos Computer Club (CCC). It’s a global community with about 1.500 members from eleven German cities and many other countries such as Austria, Switzerland and Netherlands.

They fight against any form of censorship, promote freedom of information and communication. As stated on their website, CCC considers itself a communication platform for Hackers and for those who want to become Hackers. Their philosophy is to study the social and individual impact of Technologies. But overall, the Hackers Ethics posted on their site is fascinating to read. Knowing Tim and thinking about other Chaos team members, I look at their ethics as an Honour Code.

Hacker Ethics promotes making public data available while protecting private data, as well as decentralizing information. But the most “romantic” ethic in the Hacker Ethics is that one can create art and beauty on a computer, thus changing one’s life for better.

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Oliver Thylmann on February 23, 2006  · 

Here is the url for the podcast for all those who want to know: http://chaosradio.ccc.de/cre019.html

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Jan Michael Hess on February 23, 2006  · 

Yeah, the Chaos Computer Club is really good and very important for the good of our society. In Berlin you can probably find more hackers per square meter than in any other city. The 23rd Chaos Communication Congress in December 2006 is going to be killer.

Tim Pritlove is a really good podcaster and I am happy that he interviewed you.

Thinking of myself as being a business hacker, I have actually presented the idea of “Free WLAN for the masses” at the 20th Chaos Communication Congress in 2003 in Berlin. My 20C3 presentation as PDF.

I am happy that the Free WLAN movement gets new support from FON. I just wonder how much money FON can extract for itself and the ISPs in the Free WLAN Movement.

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Momocat on February 24, 2006  · 

Well Jan,

think of 100.000 Hotspots and 10 Mio Users. I could think, a lot of hotspot operators will be “bills”. 2 € per user per 24h. 1 € for the operator and one for fon. So the more mobile users, the higher the possible profit for operators. I see only one problem, as operator you can’t choose the amoutn you want to have. It’s not flexible if fon dictates the price for the bills. So perhaps we will see more linus’ @EU. 😉

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Tobias Steinhoff on February 25, 2006  · 

an hour after hearing the ccc podcast i became a fonero and ordered a router. fon sounds fascinating.

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Martín Varsavsky on February 25, 2006  · 

Thank you Tobias!

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