Why the Future is Open Wireless

Presented at HOPE X (2014), July 18, 2014, 7 p.m. (60 minutes)

How do we begin the movement to create a world of ubiquitous open wireless, where sharing and openness is the norm? How do we get it to spread? Speakers from EFF's activism, legal, and technology teams will describe the open wireless movement (https://www.openwireless.org) and the specific challenges their open wireless router campaign is solving. The first hurdle is convincing the world that sharing Wi-Fi with guest users is, as security expert Bruce Schneier puts it, a matter of "basic politeness." Another perceived roadblock is the belief that running an open network could subject the host to legal liability. Lastly, even proponents of open wireless lack easy technical solutions to safely enable private and anonymous guest access without reservations. To that end, EFF is developing an easy to set up, secure Wi-Fi router. But, in order to truly realize our open wireless future, they will need your help.


  • Ranga Krishnan
    Ranga Krishnan is a Technology Fellow at the EFF. He works with the technology projects team to foster development and adoption of technologies that enhance privacy, freedom of expression and access to the Internet. He was formerly a principal engineer in Qualcomm's Office of the Chief Scientist. He is interested in open wireless networks, wireless mesh networks, and redesigning Internet services to enhance user security. Ranga studied electrical engineering at IIT, Madras, then indulged his passion for physics through graduate work at MIT and postdoctoral work at IAS, Princeton, NJ, before returning to the engineering fold.
  • Nate Cardozo
    Nate Cardozo is a staff attorney on the Electronic Frontier Foundation's digital civil liberties team. In addition to his focus on free speech and privacy litigation, Nate works on EFF's "Coders' Rights" project and "Who Has Your Back?" report. A 2009-2010 EFF Open Government Legal Fellow, Nate spent two years in private practice before returning to his senses and to EFF in 2012. Nate has a B.A. in anthropology and politics from U.C. Santa Cruz and a J.D. from U.C. Hastings where he has taught first-year legal writing and moot court. He brews his own beer, has been to India three times, and watches too much Bollywood.
  • Adi Kamdar
    Adi Kamdar is an activist at the Electronic Frontier Foundation specializing in patent, free speech, intermediary liability, andconsumer privacy issues. He also coordinates EFF's open access advocacy and helps with student activism. Adi studied History of Science at Yale University, where he was chapter president and a member of the board of directors of Students for Free Culture. Previously, he interned at EFF, at the Berkman Center for Internet and Society, and with the Open Video Alliance. In his free time, he enjoys improv, music, things that are delicious, and being outdoors.