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[liberationtech] Call for hardware researchers/hackers

Nathan of Guardian nathan at guardianproject.info
Thu Feb 2 11:33:18 PST 2012


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One other project to review. Back in November, one of my students at NYU ITP led the technical effort of a project called the "L Train Notwork", a temporary pirate wifi network with custom LAN-based social apps and content, that ran for a time on the New York City subway. It was a big conceptual success, and people on the train during the hours it was deployed actually used their wifi enabled devices to access content that was not otherwise available on the public internet, out of reach of censors, loggers and filters.

The happening itself was widely covered, but what was not shared widely enough, was that the code and design specs for how to build your own were also released. You can find everything you need to know at http://www.boxysean.com/projects/l-train-notwork.html and get in touch with the very talented Sean there.


Nathan of Guardian <nathan at guardianproject.info> wrote:

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>Cyrus Farivar <cfarivar at gmail.com> wrote:
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>>I'm more interested in the kit, the hardware, than software.
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>I think I get what you are looking for. Mostly the emerging trend we
>are seeing is that the equivalent of $100usd gets you a very decent
>smartphone, and while we know it is junk, there is a $30usd tablet
>being touted in India. I believe people have posted about the Hauewei
>Ideos to this list before, and if you search DealsExtreme or AliExpress
>you will find a wide variety of generic Chinese android devices poised
>to flood the developing world.
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>While you aren't writing about software, it should be known that we
>care and even focus on this level of device even more than the latest
>4g extreme geniousphone. It is entirely possible to run Tor, secure
>chat, encrypted SMS, and gpgemail on a 2.5g edge network from a very
>inexpensive mobile device.
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>When you start running VoIP servers on one of these, as the Serval
>project does, and you combine it with the Commotion suitcase mesh, you
>start to get some pretty exciting possibilities that are affordable and
>reasonably could happen with easily accessible consumer kit.
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>Best,
>    Nathan
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