Monday, June 27, 2011

U.S. State Department Provides Grant to Create Shadow Stealth Web ("Internet in a Suitcase")

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I have previously posted stories about Obama's proposed cybersecurity measures that will give the government the right to shut down the Internet with the press of a button. This new Open Technology Initiative (overseen by Sascha Meinrath at New America Foundation) is sort of a reverse version of the aforementioned process, because this "Internet in a Suitcase" will provide 'net access to people in areas where there is no Internet or where a government may have restricted or shut down the Internet.

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them...

...The group’s suitcase project will rely on a version of “mesh network” technology, which can transform devices like cellphones or personal computers to create an invisible wireless web without a centralized hub.

Source: The New York Times; New America Foundation

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