The basic principles and ideas
A non-comprehensive list, in no particular order, that goes something like this:
- We believe that free access to knowledge and information is a fundamental right and good which we must nurture and encourage. For this, network neutrality is required.
- Freedom of tolerant speech, expression, and sharing of knowledge and information is everyone's right. Therefore, we understand the necessity of uncensored and privacy-preserving access or sharing of knowledge and information.
- Moreover, we believe in open development and operation, with free access to information about the operation and planning, findings obtained while developing the network. Everyone can see how the network growth progresses and check the code. Furthermore, the community websites are designed as a wiki, where all the information about the network, ideas and decisions, and all the knowledge that has accumulated during this time, are available, and more. View into the operation of the network itself is possible through node database. Anybody can join the network as well.
- Free software, open source, and Creative Commons licenses are a good start, but we hope that someday they will not be needed anymore, as all knowledge and information will be available to all.
- We also believe in local development and operation, that is, technological development and advances based on the principles of appropriate technology.
- Technology should be as easy to use as it is necessary for good and non-stressful use, but not easier. Especially not at the expense of security, stability, or sustainability.
- If technology can do something by itself, it should do it. That's why we have it. Even if it means that the expert occasionally has to deal with routine tasks to bring technology to such a level.
- Technology should be used to help improve the quality of life for all and take part in the beauty and harmony of nature.
- We are not satisfied with mediocrity, we want only the best code and the best products and results.
- The network is for everybody. The experienced should help the less experienced in how to use the network and improving it to the point where there are no (technical) obstacles for its use. We strive to make it possible to use or participate in the network without having to be an expert.
- It does not matter who you are, what wavelength of light your skin reflects, what genitalia you were born with, what gender you perform, what arbitrary polygon you were born/live in, or how large is any number in your bank's database. It is important that you are open, tolerant, and want to contribute to the network somehow. Even just as a user.
- It does not matter how you contribute. Everyone can contribute in their own way. In a constructive and helpful manner.
- If it is fun, it is good. Of course, just to the limits of freedoms of others.
- Formally, we strive to be organized as horizontally as possible, with common decision made consensually through constructive debate and arguments. However, we do understand that sometimes a hard call needs to be made, and we hope it will not be misused. Please hold each other accountable.
- As an insurance, the network should always be completely forkable, without any patent assertions preventing that. At a technical level, the network requires a complete consensus, because the dissatisfied can in any moment decide not to participate anymore. That way, the whole network would be at loss.
- We quarrel only when we think that a particular solution is better for the network than the other; after an argument-based discussion we accept the better solution without any personal grudges. It is not important who's proposal was chosen/not chosen, because the solution belongs to the network, not the individual. Furthermore, if somebody does not like the proposal, this does not mean that the proposer is not liked as well. Proposer is not his or her proposal.
- We critically point out each other's mistakes so that everybody can learn something and improve. Everybody makes mistakes. More importantly, your mistake is not you.
- We want to connect everybody and everything with a wireless network. We enjoy in networking in all possible ways, learning about new people, new technologies and new networks, which we are combining in new and original ways.
- Our desire is that network will be used in ways we cannot even imagine today, that it will have its own life, grow by itself, and be simply cool.
- Connectivity to the network (thus signal coverage as well) has precedence over data transfer speed in the network, because connectivity is increasing access possibilities.
- If the network ever becomes an old institution trying to preserve its past, overlooking new ideas that only the future generations can see, we should let it die and allow new networks to flourish, for the sake of our own principles and the benefit of everyone.
- To prevent high losses if the network dies for any reason, we should proactively work on decentralizing everything created, cooperating with existing networks and actively encouraging creation of new networks. We should have a plan who will take over data and other resources and commons created during the life of the network.
- We should never be ashamed to integrate good ideas into the network and we should be proud when somebody reuses and idea found in the network.
- In our essence, we are kind and reasonable, without any hidden agendas.
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