MaziZone is a hybrid space, whose digital infrastructure is located inside the corresponding physical location, owned and managed by those involved.

As a rule thumb, a digital infrastructure could be considered as part of a MaziZone if people interacting through it know where the server is located in the corresponding physical location/area (from a specific spot in the city, like a community space or a garden, to a neighbourhood or district, or a well defined wider urban area). And ideally, if they know who manages the infrastructure and can participate in discussions and/or decisions regarding its overall design and management.

This is a new space created to facilitate the exchange of knowledge, experiences, and tools around the creation of local networks, after the end of the MAZI project (2016-2018).

Building your own MaziZone

The MAZI toolkit

The most updated resource for the MAZI toolkit is the MAZI project's github repository.

Check the issues github page for known issues and feel free to ask a question/feedback from your use of the MAZI toolkit.

The guidelines wiki page includes a lot of introductory material, stories, etc. Feel free to contribute!

Note that the MAZI toolkit works currently only for Raspberry Pi 3, but it still works :-)

Tools to explore / evaluate

Self-hosted applications

In addition to the "classic" self-hosted applications like Nextcloud, Etherpad, etc provided by Yunohost, we are experimenting with various flat file software which could be used to support this new digital space, and your MaziZone!

Mazi Zones

Currently active MaziZones around the world:


The MAZI Handbook showcases selected stories from MAZI installations in the period 2016-2018, by the MAZI project partners.

   The netCommons book published by ISOC and APC, includes stories of deployment of bigger scale wider community networks, written in the period of 5 days as a collaboration of researchers and key actors in the fields, the founders of three important EU community networks.

Internet, Mon Amour, the C.I.R.C.E book by Agnese Trocchi has been recently translated in English and includes many exciting stories or chronicles "before yesterday's collapse". They will help you understand better the Internet technology, its threats and its possibilities, with a hacker attitude. A book you can also give with confidence to your parents and non-geek friends! They will like it :-)

Related projects


NetHood links page contains links to relevant readings and other resources including many related projects, like the PirateBox, many of which are now discontinued.

In this page we will include projects whose status we will test first ourselves to be sure that we provide a "fresh" list.

Other resource page trying to maintain an update list of related technological tools is Redecentralize/alternative-internet.

Beyond technology, here are some currently active groups of activists, hackers, writers, artists, and more:
Please let us know about projects that should be included in this page, keeping in mind that we don't want to create an exhaustive list of resources but focus on things people in our wider community are currently using in the field.

Further reading

Spot the differences

There are many projects that claim to be distributed, decentralized, autonomous.

However digging into the details reveals important differences between these proposals, which we will try to unveil here, soon!