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Submission + - Private networks for public safety (technologyreview.com)

JonZittrain writes: Projects like the New American Foundation's Commotion are designing ad hoc mesh networking to keep communications open when governments want to censor.

Former FCC Chairman Julius Genachowski and I argue that mutual-aid-based networks can be helpful for public safety, too, after attacks or natural disasters. There should be easy practices for anyone to open up an otherwise-closed wi-fi access point if it's still connected to broadband and is near people in trouble, and separately, to develop delay- and fault-tolerant fallback ad hoc networks so user's devices can communicate directly with one another and in a mesh. This can happen even while full packet-based ad hoc mesh is being figured out.

The ideas have been developed a little in workshops at Harvard's Berkman Center and the FCC. Why not bring the human rights and public safety communities together towards a common goal?

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