Mesh Network Hardware Giveaway Sagrad, Inc. announces a free hardware giveaway in support of mesh network research. By eliminating one of the largest costs in testing mesh network performance, Sagrad, Inc. seeks to accelerate development of complex mesh system designs. Phase 1 Proposal Submission (Opens 06/15/2009 and closes 8/15/2009) The duration of this first phase will be two months and will allow researchers to provide in depth proposals. Phase 2 Initial Implementation (closes 12/15/2009) Sagrad, Inc. will provide an initial 10 hardware units for the five selected groups to begin implementation of their mesh network plans of Phase 1. Phase 3 Final Testing (closes 3/15/2010) The single group selected from Phase 2 will be awarded 100 units from Sagrad, Inc. in order to provide opportunity for full testing.The duration of this phase will be four months to complete mesh networking performance. The hardware for this project will use the STM32 and Diamondback project and has the code name Kingsnake 2.
Facebook is watching you Des études mentionnées dans The Guardian Weekly en mars 2009 suggèrent qu’un quart des habitants du Royaume-Uni souffrent d’une forme de paranoïa. L’accroissement de la maladie aurait quelque chose à voir avec les effets conjugués de l’urbanisation, de la mondialisation, des migrations, des médias et de la disparité des richesses. La logique voudrait par conséquent que la proportion de ceux qui parmi nous souffrent de paranoïa augmente à mesure que nous nous dirigeons vers une forme complexe de surveillance, rendue possible par l’utilisation généralisée des « réseaux sociaux » comme Facebook. Et, ainsi que nos propres recherches en Suède et d’autres études le montrent, nous sommes nombreux à prendre part à ce nouveau genre de contrôle sur une base volontaire, souvent sans être conscients de son ampleur. Prenons l’exemple d’Adam’s Block, un site qui diffusait de la vidéo en direct du carrefour des rues Ellis et Taylor à San Francisco, dans un but de simple divertissement.
The FNF – Free Information, Free Culture, Free Society The Document Foundation Blog The Evolution Will Be Socialized From the actions of the Egyptian government to the policies of Facebook, the monopolies of central banks to the corporatization of the Internet, we are witnessing the potential of a peer-to-peer networking become overshadowed by the hierarchies of the status quo. It’s time for us to gather and see what is still possible on the net, and what, if anything, can be built to replace it. I have had a vague misgiving about the direction the net’s been going for, well, maybe 15 years. But until recently, it was more like the feeling when another Starbucks opens on the block, a Wal-Mart moves into town, or a bank forecloses unnecessarily on that cool local bookstore to make room for another bank. Lately, however, what’s wrong with the net has become quite crystalized for me. It started with the corporate-government banishment of Wikileaks last year, and reached a peak with Egypt shutting off its networks to stave off revolution. I received literally thousands of emails in response.
Wi-Fi pirate radio When technology becomes cheap enough to be effectively disposable, interesting things happen. Lithium batteries, rare earth magnets and high-intensity LEDs are all pretty young technologies. But all of them are also now cheap enough that people with a few spare bucks can combine all three into cheerful little rainbow-coloured magnetic fireflies - "LED throwies". Throwies still cost around 50 cents each, even when you buy your batteries, LEDs and magnets in bulk. But a couple of hundred of 'em can go a long way. The other day, I was considering what it'd take to make a solar-powered LED throwie. But then it occurred to me that autonomous, solar-powered, close-to-free Wi-Fi repeaters would be a much cooler idea. At the moment, no such thing exists. Each Meraki box has an antenna, a DC input jack, and an Ethernet port. Meraki have even announced a solar-power kit for their waterproof "Outdoor" model. But no matter which way you go, there's no really cheap option for mesh networking yet.
How To Block Facebook's Face Recognition And Tighten Other Privacy Settings Facebook seems to be forever pushing the boundaries of what "online privacy" means. Today we see the latest iteration of this--Face Recognition. By adjusting its interface, Facebook has now enabled "tag suggestions" to many more of its users around the world, which means your friends will get an alert if someone uploads a photo that Facebook thinks contains your image. Face Recognition Under the "Account" drop-down menu at the top-right of Facebook's title bar, click "Privacy settings." Easy, wasn't it? While you're there on the privacy page, check a few other things too: Things you share Check this list, which starts with "Posts by me" and ends with "Places you check in to" and verify that the status is "Friends only," which is as tight as you can set these (although you can customize the settings to prevent particular friends from accessing each of the shred items on a granular level). Things others share Contact information This may be one that you'd most like to protect. Block lists
CommOTIon Wireless Project - Camp 2011 Public Wiki From Camp 2011 Public Wiki The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) proposes to build a new type of tool for democratic organizing: an open source “device-as-infrastructure” distributed communications platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, WiFi-enabled computers, and other WiFi-capable personal devices to create a metro-scale peer-to-peer (mesh) communications network. Leveraging a distributed, mesh wireless infrastructure provides two key enhancements to existing circumvention technologies and supports human rights advocates and civil society organizations working around the globe. First, a distributed infrastructure eliminates the ability of governments to completely disrupt communications by shutting down the commercial or state-owned communications infrastructure. Objectives: Prevent hostile governments from surveilling, disrupting, or shutting down communications. Features: