Qualcomm hopes to cure Wi-Fi rage with enterprise platform
Wed 3 Dec 2014, 21:20

Using Wi-Fi networks in crowded environments can be a soul-destroying experience, but next-generation access points powered by Qualcomm chipsets will use a new antenna technology to ease the pain. Wi-Fi has become a victim of its own success, leaving busy networks simply unable to handle all the laptops, smartphones and tablets we use today.

The problem is that access points or wireless routers use short time slots to communicate with only one user at a time, and as more users get connected networks get overloaded. New antenna technology MU-MIMO (multi user-multiple-input multiple-output) will help change that by letting 802.11ac networks transmit data to many users simultaneously.

Citizens’ Security Bill demands to keep ID records
Fri 1 Aug 2014, 18:32

On 11 July 2014, the Spanish Council of Ministers adopted the Bill on the Protection of Citizens’ Security. The Government’s proposal has been strongly criticised. Restrictions to the freedoms of assembly and expression in protests received a lot of attention in the media, but EDRi says some provisions of the bill have barely been discussed. Measures which have been overlooked in the media include Article 25, which would oblige cybercafés and similar establishments to keep records of their clients’ IDs because these establishments “exercise activities which are relevant for citizens’ security”.

Open letter for NOT locking down public WiFi
Tue 2 Jun 2015, 22:40

EFF together with a coalition of other organizations from both sides of the Atlantic have formulated an open letter presenting their views on why a result that threatens open wireless would be a serious loss to innovators, small businesses, travellers, emergency services and users at large. 

The main question point in CJEU case McFadden (C-484/14) is whether locking of open wireless networks would be a proportionate enforcement mechanism that advances the public interest. The case concerns a German shopkeeper whose free open wireless network was allegedly used to infringe copyright. In the preliminary reference to the Court of Justice of the European Union, the Europe's highest court is asked whether an enforcement practice requiring open wireless networks to be locked is an acceptable one.

Germany's Federal Supreme Court in 2010 held that the private operator of a wireless network is obliged to use password protection in order to prevent abuse by third parties. If the CJEU affirms this finding, the effect could be to extend this bad precedent throughout Europe, grounding the open wireless movement across the continent. If on the other hand it rejects that finding, German law will allow thousands of hotspot operators to open up their networks again.

Germany supports new bill removing liability for WiFi providers
Thu 17 Sep 2015, 14:46

A government's statement announced on Wednesday that Merkel’s cabinet supports a new bill that would remove the liability for WiFi providers. Under the bill, providers won’t be held liable as long as they secure the network properly and get users to agree not to act illegally.