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Tuesday, February 17, 2015

Want to get involved? Interesting OpenNet projects worth following

This list will get updated periodically. These are a few organizations dedicated to building a resilient, open and totally uncensorable internet. Some of them are meshnet projects, while others are providing tools to dissidents in particularly repressive countries. All are worth a look if you are doing research or want to get involved.

Telecomix: A European hacktivist group that helps dissidents route information around blockages placed on the web by oppressive regimes, particularly in the Middle East.

The Chokepoint Project: An open web project that states its mission as "To identify chokepoints, understand the issues behind who owns what and has the power to turn off connections or control aspects of internet control like domain names."

The Freenet Project: Freenet is prototype meshnet that includes free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship. Freenet is decentralised to make it less vulnerable to attack, and if used in "darknet" mode, where users only connect to their friends, is very difficult to detect.

The Free Network Foundation:  An Iowa-based 501(c)(3) meshnet project.

Commotion Wireless: An open-source tool for democratic activists that uses meshnet like features and turns devices into routers to create a P2P network.

Electronic Disturbance Theater: An activist group that made headlines when they developed a device called the Transborder Immigrant Tool (essentially a cracked Nokia phone with a GPS) enables immigrants from Mexico to navigate through the desert and even find water left by activists.

FreedomBox Foundation:  Developing proxies and hardware for activists to facilitate a free and uncensorable web.

Hyberboria: The new virtual P2P meshnet currently existing within the regular internet has entirely encrypted communication between participating nodes and does not rely on a central server or ISP. This is the larger global "mesh" network that could be the future of the internet.

Project Meshnet:  Meshnet page that provides CJDN routing software download. 

Project Byzantium:  Project is creating an ultra lightweight Porteus Linux-based program that can fit on a flash drive to create an easy-to-use meshnet resource.

People's Open Network: Oakland, CA based meshnet.

Local mesh in Maryland:

Seattle meshnet project: 

Meshnet wiki:

Relevant Reddit subforums:


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