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DIY networks for the revolution January 29, 2011

Posted by Summerspeaker in Technology.
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In a recent piece on Egypt’s decision to hit that giant kill switch on the internet and cell phones, Kris Notaro notes the importance of communications outside of centralized control. As Notaro predicted and you might expect, this desperate gambit has hardly ended unrest in the country. However, with China now censoring news of the revolutionary fervor in Cairo, considering how to avoid such state power seems wise for those of us plotting transformation.

I for one would be plunged into darkness with internet access or cell service. I have no backup system to rely on beyond the old foot, bicycle, and spoken word. Nor do I have the knowledge or equipment to setup or connect to the relevant type of network. I know a few folks with guerrilla radio experience but that’s about the extent of it.

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