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[liberationtech] Modern FIDONET for net disable countries?

Griffin Boyce griffinboyce at gmail.com
Mon Dec 31 06:38:08 PST 2012


  At HOPE this summer I talked a bit about a wireless mesh concept that
would allow people to communicate without internet access or phone access.
 The real problem with a BBS is that it's trivial to take down.  In most
countries, one call to the phone company can suspend a phone number
'pending investigation.'

  Right now your best bet for the features you want would probably be Briar
[1]. If your community's needs are closer to chat and file-sharing, then
PirateBox is a promising solution [2]. (file-sharing ex: files that users
wanted everyone to have, or wanted to be published online).

  Your concept could be tricky for more than a handful of users, since
everything is manual.

[1] http://briar.sourceforge.net/
[2] http://wiki.daviddarts.com/PirateBox

Best,
Griffin Boyce

On Sun, Dec 30, 2012 at 3:05 PM, Peter Fein <pete at wearpants.org> wrote:

> 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...
>
-- 
"What do you think Indians are supposed to look like?
What's the real difference between an eagle feather fan
and a pink necktie? Not much."
~Sherman Alexie

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