Also at the Open Free Network discussion, I learned about Occupy.here.
What is Occupy.here? A peer-to-peer network of virtual spaces (autonomous from the Internet) for open political discussions.
Occupy.here has a lot of similar organizations, but this one was started during the Occupy movement, generating little wifi routers with very inexpensive gear for the purposes of popping wifi networks a la the "sneaker net" methods of creating mobile wifi networks out of vehicles.
The organization supports groups by sending free equipment that can be setup quickly and forwarded on to another place where a free network hotspot is needed.
Interesting thing -- the panel would not really talk about "networks in suit cases" and the role in Arab Spring and other global hotspots. One attendee asked about this, referenced a NYTimes article, and asked if they're real -- really deployed in Syria and Iran.
Somewhat related, Holmes did expound on the fact that deployable MESH networks have APIs to develop single-use, temporary apps with sharing and communications capabilities.
It's interesting to know about these capabilities.More ... Less ...
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