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[liberationtech] Modern FIDONET for net disable countries?

Peter Fein pete at
Sun Dec 30 12:05:14 PST 2012

I & some other Telecomix agents have discussed using a local Usenet (NNTP)
for exactly this purpose a few times since Tahrir. Run it off a liveCD +
adhoc wifi or OpenWRT, with web gateway interface (so random users can
participate without needing to install software). Long distance backhaul by
dialup modem or motorcycle courier w/ USB stick. Rather than trying to
build in centralized security/identity, force everything to
anonymity/pseudonymity (the 4chan model).

You don't need the access to the global Internet to organize your city...
On Dec 27, 2012 11:54 AM, "Jerzy Łogiewa" <jerzyma at> wrote:

> Hello!
> I wonder, is some FIDONET type service existing for countries where all
> telecom is disabled? Kind of "sneakernet" for large packets of messages to
> be delivered.
> 1- I write message to [username, address or hash], encrypt with
> public/private pair.
> 2- Trusted "sneakernet" collector with some software physically arrives
> and grabs my message, updates my 'ball' (or blob?) of crypted messages, in
> case other sneakernet collector comes.
> 3- Maybe when delivery is 100% confirmed this gets added to ball so it can
> be pruned?
> And so on. Bitcoin style blockchain confirmation seems useful?
> Does any service like this existing now?
> --
> Jerzy Łogiewa -- jerzyma at
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