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Design ISP-in-a-box and stop censorship with it
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I propose a complete, functioning ISP-in-a-box that can be set up by anyone's grandmother without worrying about it at all. It would consist of a set of forms for starting an ISP that would fulfill all the local laws and an agreement to act as an ISP for another participant and to pay a different participant to use their internet service. There would also be an already-set-up CPU the user would be able to plug in to his or her internet connection and wall socket and forget.

The agreements would be written such that no actual money would need to be transferred. Everyone would owe everyone the same amount.

If enough people did this it would be possible to crowd- source all internet connectivity by arranging a .org or ten to run the big pipes and completely bypass residential restrictions of any kind.

If enough people participated fast enough the government wouldn't be able to write laws before the whole infrastructure is in place and it would take a sweep of every house to stop it.

This would have the effect of completely removing governmental control over the 'net.

Voice, Nov 16 2011

http://freenetproject.org/whatis.html http://freenetproject.org/whatis.html
"Freenet is free software which lets you anonymously share files, browse and publish "freesites" (web sites accessible only through Freenet) and chat on forums, without fear of censorship. Freenet is decentralised to make it less vulnerable to attack, and if used in "darknet" mode, where users only connect to their friends, is very difficult to detect. " [zen_tom, Nov 17 2011]


       Is this supposed to make sense of some sort ?
FlyingToaster, Nov 16 2011

       Where would grandma connect her ISP to the internet? Phone lines owned by other ISPs?
DIYMatt, Nov 16 2011

       I think it makes sense; police etc. have been given powers to get data from the ISP, in order to spy on an end user. Once the question, "Who is your ISP?" no longer has any meaning, it will be harder for them to do this.   

       In other words, "I'm ISP!" "No, I'm ISP!".
spidermother, Nov 16 2011

       Baked by something like Tor. You could imagine each node in Tor as ISP.
ixnaum, Nov 17 2011

       I think it's vital that this be completely wireless, i.e. that there should be no physical connections involved, and that the work done to connect to a physical network should be via open-source software and transitional. I see the main problem with the internet to be the fact that it involves cables, and we should all be working to eliminate that.
nineteenthly, Nov 17 2011

       Have any of you guys tried Freenet? It's kind of resonant with the concerns raised here, and some of the implementation is similar as well, and it is of course pretty much totally anonymous - albeit at the price of it being a distinct and separate "web".
zen_tom, Nov 17 2011


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