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[liberationtech] Internet blackout

Dan Staples danstaples at
Wed Jun 12 05:01:09 PDT 2013

@Richard: Alternative infrastructure-type projects like Commotion and 
other mesh networks can certainly be put in place proactively. In fact, 
that's a goal of Commotion: encouraging communities to build out their 
own mesh networks, so residents have more ownership and control over 
their local infrastructure. When alternative infrastructure is being 
developed and proactively built out, these communities are more 
resilient against shutdown of state-controlled networks and can still 
communicate locally in the case of internet outage.

On Wed 12 Jun 2013 06:49:26 AM EDT, Mrs. Y wrote:
> What about Project Byzantium?
> "The goal of Project Byzantium is to develop a communication system by
> which users can connect to each other and share information in the
> absence of convenient access to the Internet.  This is done by setting
> up an ad-hoc wireless mesh network that offers services which replace
> popular websites often used for this purpose, such as Twitter and IRC.
> These services and web apps were selected because they are the ones most
> often used by activists around the world to find one another, exchange
> information, post media, and organize.  They were also selected because
> they stand the best chance of being easy to use by our intended
> userbase, which are people using mobile devices like smartphones, MP3
> players, and tablet PCs."
> I interviewed some of the contributors for a podcast on Hacker/maker
> spaces here:
> Michele
> On 6/11/13 5:44 PM, Richard Brooks wrote:
>> Just finished interacting with people from a number
>> of countries worried about Internet blackouts being
>> used by their governments to help prevent reporting
>> of unpleasant truths, such as vote-rigging.
>> I discussed with them what Telecomics did for Egypt
>> and other Arab countries and what Commotion and
>> mesh-networking may provide. They were enthusiastic
>> about these possibilities, but disappointed when
>> I explained that this was not anything that could
>> be put in place proactively for the moment.
>> This lead me to start thinking about the possibility
>> of deploying something like Fidonet as a tool for
>> getting around Internet blackouts. Has anyone tried
>> something like that?
>> Was wondering if anyone was aware of other approaches
>> for mitigating this type of DoS.
>> -Richard
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Dan Staples

Open Technology Institute

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