After a lie in, a group of BarCampers and I went to a cafe with free WiFi for lunch. It was in the middle of a street of other cafes – so that’s ten customers they probably wouldn’t have had otherwise. It saddens me that WiFi hotspots in cafes the UK all still seem to be pay-for. I was looking for a free hotspot in London overlooking a park the other day, so I could sit and hack for a few hours, and couldn’t find one, (Of course, it didn’t help that consume.net‘s site was down. Obviously someone unmade their switch…).
We then moved on to a techo-squat in Java Straat, Amsterdam called ASCII (Amsterdam Subversive Centre for Information Interchange), from where I’m writing this. They describe themselves as a “people’s communication lab” – they provide internet services to the community, including free computers and free WiFi. It’s a cool place to hang out.