By Panayotis Antoniadis
The refugee crisis has revealed the limitations of the telecommunications market to offer internet connectivity to people in need. As is often the case when the market fails, citizen organisations have stepped in.
Freifunk.net, one of the most successful such community networks, has come to fill the gap and provide vital internet services to refugees in Germany.
This was made possible thanks to an innovative way of using communications technology: DIY networking.