Guaka is Kasper Souren, born in the Netherlands, as July 2007 living in Trento, Italy. hitchhiking and surfing couches in Europe, South and North America, Oceania and Asia. Besides this, Guaka is Wikimaniac and likes learning languages. While in Mali he founded and funded the Bambara Wikipedia, and is administrator of some other wikis based on MediaWiki, e.g. about hitchhiking, dumpster diving, visas, money and furniture. He's also involved in website consultancy (making websites for a small furniture business and more very specific ones such as this one about teak tables). Template:User CS
He believes in the principles of free software and copyleft, though he won't install Debian GNU/Linux on every computer he touches. Oh, and beware, he believes that rulers, hierarchical organization, and systems of coercion are unnecessary and should be abolished.
Formerly he was blogging at industree.org/guaka/blog
Stance on Wikitravel
Kasper has requested database dumps a long long time ago. So he was happy to find out about Wikivoyage, that does offer database dumps for download. Wikivoyage has successfully forked the German Wikitravel, and it is in the hands of a non-profit organization (unlike Wikitravel, which is owned by Internet Brands, a for-profit company).
He founded the CouchSurfing wiki in August 2006. He became very involved in CouchSurfing, was tech team coordinator for a while, was trying to move towards an open source codebase. In May 2007, when things didn't seem to work out anymore he and others started a site to create change: OpenCouchSurfing.
So if you're a CouchSurfer, think twice before you get verified (which is merely a form of donation).