goings on in the Middle East

. . . prompt talk of an 'internet revolution.' Apparently an internet revolution won't work, or hasn't yet worked in Egypt, because the internet can be seized by the thugs who'd be displaced by the revolution.

So maybe there needs to be development of a revolutionary internet. Hinted at here.

Small, low power, short-range digital radios that relay a short packet one to another. Make them small enough, and cheap enough, that they can be stuck quietly to motor vehicles, even those of the thugs, so they circulate. Each radio repeats a message until another radio gets it.

If enough of them are in close proximity, they can either speed up bandwidth to relay files (photos, for example), or dice up transmission timeslots smaller so more stations can participate. Or both.

Allowing a huge number of hops is acceptable.

The thugs would spend valuable time finding or jamming enough radios to impair the network, while you're deploying more.

For those of us outside the isolated country, we can smuggle or airdrop more of them in. Hell, fasten them to migratory waterfowl. This is something we could already have done for our liberty-minded friends in Egypt.

It's not the internet you grew up with. It won't be internet protocol at all, in fact. But it beats being deaf and blind.

1 comment:

jed said...

Just read an article about that: http://www.pcworld.com/article/218155/get_internet_access_when_your_government_shuts_it_down.html -- not terribly in-depth, but the ideas are there.

Mesh wireless probably is the best thing for densely populated areas. But it won't have a backbone. Not sure you you get from Minneapolis to Tulsa with that. Sure there's packet radio on a HAM set, but routing becomes a question. Might be things such as FidoNet and UUCP can work somehow, as long as there's a path somewhere.