Letters from an Ex Pat.
There is an interesting phenomenon sweeping Germany at the moment. It is the rise of free citizens WiFi networks (ger. FreiFunk). The idea is not new. It consists of building a network of WiFi routers with a special firmware which allows them to:
Interlink (mesh) with each other to provide network services independent of service providers.
Provide open, anonymous access to the internet.
It's amazing how, in little over one year they've gone from less than fifty routers in my city to over 1100.
Virtually anywhere you go in my city there's now free, anonymous internet access.
The rise of these networks coincides with increasing revelations of spying by governments and I'm pretty sure that the one has to do with the other. The cost of a basic router is around twenty dollars. You just plug it into your own home Wifi router and turn it on. So for your twenty dollars you get to feel good that you are sharing your internet connection and "strike a blow" against increasing regulation and surveillance of the internet.
I believe that there are similar groups in other countries, but the exponential boom here in Germany is AFAIK unique.