The United States is developing what the New York Times is calling "shadow internet" – a prototype network that can fit into a suitcase and be carried across state borders to provide political dissidents with access to the web in the event that their repressive governments shut down communications. This project is part of the Obama administration's effort to undermine government censorship.
The suitcase will use a mesh network technology, which creates a wireless web from cell phones and personal computers that can transmit messages, pictures or videos to one another without the need for a central, official network. This sort of tech has previously been used in remote or disaster-struck areas to provide web connections--it's like a cell phone swarm that in concert is strong enough to operate without the need for nearby towers or even satellites. Wireless antennas would increase the range of the network. Other projects within this effort, financed by the State Department, include building stealth wireless networks and independent cell phone networks inside of foreign countries. The U.S. has already spent $50 million to create such a cell phone network in Afghanistan, to counteract the Taliban's ability to shut down official Afghan cell phone service at will.
I love how Apple is basically synonymous with the internet.
Isn't this the same president / administration who was wanting an internet kill switch? What would their opinion be if we distributed this network across the United States?
So our government will fund the distribution of a mobile web platform for disasters and subterfuge, but not expand our domestic network so all of our people have equal access to the web?
Sounds about right.
I believe Google is more synonymous with the internet than is Apple. The only reason the picture for this article features Apple is because its the only manufacturer synonymous with white notebooks and towers. While it is true you can get a white PC, its far more common to see white Apple products (thus all the hullabaloo about the long-missing white iPhone).
Why is white important for this picture? Because it contrasts the "dark" concept outlined in the article. the picture wouldn't make since with a showing a PC, one side black, the other side black-er (I know, no need to comment).
i don't think you understand what the internet kill switch is design for buddy.
Haha, these fuckers learned from they mistakes when countries wanted to repel invasion by US and shut down network so no misinformation from US could be spread.
I hope these poor countries that are attacked by US can defend themselves against this type of network coverage.
Annieway, it is sad that only way to fuel US economics is lesser country destabilizations.
"This project is part of the Obama administration’s effort to undermine government censorship."
USA: 'Internet censorship is evil and should not be tolerated. BRB; attempting to prosecute Julian Assange for revealing our war crimes'
Wish my suitcase did that. Mine usually ends up leaking shampoo.
Heh, this probably says more about my prejudices than PopSci's intentions, but I assumed that the Apple logo was chosen to be synonymous with censorship, not computers or the internet.
I actually think that this a great idea... Now if we could only do this in China. O and the internet kill switch is not to censor the internet in any way, its to protect the internet.
The U.S economy is dying and they are focusing on desablizing
3rd world governments...while they censor their own internet. Pathetic.
This thing would be so "illegal" if anyone brought one into China because of it's potential to become a tool for the subversive elements (just about anyone who isn't native Chinese). However, Chinese citizens are (for the most part) happy with their internet access and no, they don't miss or want anything from the America's except porn and NBA pay-per-view.
They should drop some of these babies (out of a plane) over to the North Koreans and then we'll see some real fireworks.