All posts by Petros

A storyteller, witness of history, Bookchinite and liberatory technologist. Educator, writer, constructor. Unemployable urban poor who works for humanity unpaid and lives on donations. Not affiliated with any official political group. Lives in Greece, in a metaphorical barrel, emitting strange sounds (mostly over the Internet). Sometimes happens to turn stories into reality. Tech-wise: infrastructure freak. Hopelessly fascinated with material engineering. Self-proclaimed anarchist. ENTJ. Website: Freelab -- researching freedom since 2012

Amargi 2018 — Community Networks Infrastructure

Based on the experience in community network building in Athens, Greece, I started a bigger project, aiming to standarised network infrastructure.

The “target” are small to medium sized communities, rural or urban, in need of their own “community internet” — providing not just an access to global services, but the full-blown set of local services: messaging, file sharing, web applications. It is a tool to integrate local community and also a way to build independent virtual space, available even if the external link is congested or down. Continue reading Amargi 2018 — Community Networks Infrastructure

ToDo List

Hardware and Software Acquisition and Testing ToDo List

This document is intended to outline the actions to complete hardware, software and knowledge needed to start building community networks infrastructure.

It is based on the same structure as “Hardware and Software List”, only focused on actions to be taken. As such, it will be periodically updated, following the changes of status. The order of items reflects current priority levels. Continue reading ToDo List

Rebuilding my equipment


Someone stole my backpack with most of my electronics. Good people promised me help to let me buy the replacement  (hopefully slightly better than the lost one). If you can give me bargain sale (or maybe even donate) on something listed below, I will be deeply obliged and my work for humanity will restart faster.

Preferred payment options:

  1. FairCoin
  2. BitCoin
  3. Bank transfer (Eur)
  4. Anything else

Delivery/pickup: Athens, Greece.

A. Essentials (time critical):

  • Laptop: Lenoxo Thinkpad x230 or better. Up to 400 Eur budget. (at the maximum budget I expect big battery, 8 G RAM and no less than 160 SSD). EXAMPLE.
  • 8″ Octa-core Android tablet. Up to 120 Eur budget. EXAMPLE

B. Essentials (non-time critical).

  • Digital camera for documentation. Example.
  • Petzl headlamp. EXAMPLE
  • Multitool. EXAMPLE
  • Accessories for GitUp Git2P action camera. (Camera luckily was in my pocket, but I lost all brackets etc.). EXAMPLE
  • Backpack itself. EXAMPLE.

If you feel like helping me to rebuild the equipment pool, please let me know.

Rebuilding my network identity

Dear readers,

Few days ago somebody stole my backpack with most of my electronic and other equipment. Apart from the material damage (over 700 euro) it contained some backup media.
It means that I lost access to certain identities (online accounts) and I have to recreate my identity (except for few most secure channels) from scratch.

Those identities are no longer available:

It also concerns all derived identities (mostly twitter, but also my memberships in mailing lists and other online communities). I will do my best to rebuild my presence, whenever it is practical and needed, but it will take time.

But, the rumours about my death were clearly exaggerated!

  • Please consult the contact page for newest contact options.
  • My new PGP key will soon be published.
  • If you feel like helping me recover, by donating some equipment or money, use channels provided on the support page.

Stay tuned for the news in comments below!

Volkerwanderung Game Universe

We tell the truth through fictional stories. We make people face reality through games.

See current status of the project at our FB group and here, through Volkerwanderung category (also see the menu item).

“I kind of see this project in the tradition of Wolfgang Flatz, whose contribution to documenta ’79 was him standing in an empty room, naked and people who would manage to hit him with a dart would get 500€. People really did it and just after the fact realised what they had done.
It should be fun first but then turn to the hell it really is.”

Continue reading Volkerwanderung Game Universe

The Cross and the Sword

My remarks after reading the Tony Cochran’s newest post-prison writing, Hypocrisy; Or, Reflections with Susie Simpson, Managing Chaplain, HMP/YOI ISIS  (Yes, read it first!)

Most monotheist religions very quickly find affinity with authoritarian secular power. Today we are bombarded with examples concerning Islam, the rise of puritan Protestantism in the US, never-ceased attempts to embed “christian values” into constitutional order in Poland or silent but adamant alliance between the Orthodox Church and the state in Russia or Greece.

Church of England has even clearer pedigree. It was actually invented as a state church, due to strictly personal problem of Henry VIII.  Church of England, supposedly much less authoritarian than the Roman or Orthodox one, still exercises full if soft power over its members (and, mind it here, potential members, somehow available for conversion). And that attracts and promotes specific personalities.

Contemporary prisons, well oiled machines of dominance,are not the places where you may expect mutinous functionaries — the screening and internal control are too elaborated. Continue reading The Cross and the Sword

The protocol of greed: capitalism, machines and bitcoin.

My comment to the article “Bitcoin = Death Processors
First of all, we should separate “blockchain” as a general system of distributed ledger form Bitcoin, that is very specific implementation thereof. Blockchain needs no mining, blockchain uses NO excessive energy nor needs hijacked processing power. The fact that the author does not know the difference makes the whole rant much less viable.

Continue reading The protocol of greed: capitalism, machines and bitcoin.

Next step ahead

Last week, thanks to our friends from LibreMesh team, we were able to implement our Master Router software on a almost-final platform, being TP-Link WDR 4310, running OpenWRT system.

We had the Master Router for several weeks, but it was running on an ancient, literally dumpster-dived PC. Every week or so, I had to restart it. Every night I was having nightmares about this zombie contraption crashing, with nothing to replace it.

Nevertheless, it persevered. :-) Couple weeks ago, when I finally got the TP-Link delivered, I immediately made a quick configuration, planning to make a switch-over properly, Sunday early morning. As it usually is, Friday evening the old box kissed us good-bye and gave the ghost. Luckily my intuitive configuration was good enough, so after half an hour and a bit of stress the network was up again.

Last weekend we completed another milestone: I mounted the router in a dedicated case, added CYTA (local ISP) routers to it and made it a new central node for our network.

While our ultimate goal is a full mesh, now, for a while we will be working on current topology improvements, which include:

— introduction of the ring topology

— adding the unique login feature (to mitigate free-riding)

— creating a virtual network available for everyone.

Now, while overloaded, the network seems to be much more stable. I am going to notify CYTA about some problems with DLC loop and let them solve it. After that, we go serious!


Threats to GARE squat

[Links to original documents at the bottom of the post]

From an official statement of GARE squat assembly

On Wednesday 24/5. squat Gare was targeted by persons organized in the mafia. At noon, during clashes with the riot police which were taking place in the area around Exarchia sq., there was a confrontation between some protesters who were building a barricade against the pigs and a local business man who attempted to prevent them from doing so. A group of people who were at that moment in a social center next to where this was going on, jumped to the aid of this bossiness man. The said business man is well known in th e neighborhood of Exarchia for his connections with networks of extortion, prostitution and drugs as well as with the security police.

Continue reading Threats to GARE squat