Friday, January 28, 2011

Recent events

No, this one isn't about me.

So with the political unrest in an African country, and the Government killing the internet there, I got to wondering...

What could be a portable way to bypass a government kill switch. A full on non-portable station would rock too, if you can protect it.

The best I can think of, and I'm no expert, is to hook up something like...

  • Rucksack

  • antennas

  • packet over radio *think ham radio*

  • one of those cell phone base station / repeater things

  • wifi router (with built in tor support)

  • battery pack and solar charger

Basically the idea is an isp / cell carrier in a backpack using Armature radio as the transmission medium. I don't know how well it would work. I don't even know if it would work, but I have a project to try later.

Probably won't be light or cheap to build. But it could be very useful. The downside whoever has it on their back will be a huge target.

A base version would substitute a pelican case for the pack, and directional antennas. Point them down from on top of a tall building.

Just an idea, that I got from watching recent events.