What doesn't kill you, makes you stronger. The early attempts at shutting down centralised file sharing services ended up spawning stronger technology. Like a hydra, those in the community that push for individual empowerment are in an arms race to equip the people with the tools needed for the next generation of global black markets.
edgenet lives safely at the edge of the Internet, on our smart phones. It uses mobile WiFi hotspots to create "cells" for exchanging news and content. Cells talk to cells, asynchronously, covering neighborhoods, and cities. edgenet doesn't exist yet. This project is about building it.
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The spy state cannot be voted out of office. It eats laws for breakfast and excretes excuses for breaking them. We will either build a spy-proof Internet, that cannot be banned or controlled, or we accept to become slaves.
These are the three main points of attack on the privacy of our communications:
* The centralized servers where we meet to share information. These can be hacked, or their owners ordered to hand over information. No matter what encryption you use between your PC and the server, data is held unprotected on servers.
* The client PCs and devices where we run our browsers. These are often laden with spyware, or hacked individually when the case needs it, in a "targeted attack."
* The broadband connections across which the clients talk to the servers. Broadband providers record metadata and provide it to the authorities as a matter of course.
If the Web is not safe, and the Deep Web is not safe, what is? There is only one long term answer, and that is a new web that lives "off the grid," treating central websites and broadband connections with the full distrust they deserve.
To build truly secure communities, we must address all three of these weak points. It’s not sufficient to improve our encryption to create a more robust Deep Web. Rather, we need a radical rethink of how we build digital communities in the first place. We need a new kind of Internet, which I’ll call the "edgenet," that is resistant to all threats except targeted attacks.
Open source on open protocols. Slices of edgenet already exist in the ZeroMQ community, mainly Zyre, a clustering library designed for opportunistic WiFi clusters. On October 30 & 31 in Brussels we're organizing a hackathon to push the technology forwards. I'd like to present our work in Paris.
* I'll be using a [Banana Pi](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Banana_Pi) single-board computer which can be purchased for about €60 [on Amazon](http://www.amazon.fr/s/ref=nb_sb_ss_c_0_9/280-4488909-0265640?__mk_fr_FR=%C3%85M%C3%85%C5%BD%C3%95%C3%91&url=search-alias%3Dcomputers&field-keywords=banana%20pi&sprefix=banana+pi%2Caps%2C223)
* This will also work on any other device that [supports OpenGL 2.0](http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/WebGL#Support) which means all modern GPUs (the single exeption is Apple's iOS, although this may change with the release of iOS 8).
* I estimate this will be approx. 30 mins of presentation time.
* Presentation will be delivered in English and probably include quite a bit of swearing (although i *can* also swear in French if you prefer ;-)