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This App Would Let Dissidents Share Video When Governments Shut Off the Internet


A coup is underway, police are corralling people in the streets without just cause, and the government has shut down the country's main internet service providers and cell towers.

You need to mount a resistance, and fast—but how do you communicate with each other or share video with the outside world?

Thing seem dire, but thankfully, one of your compatriots has a pretty unique app. Each phone with the app installed becomes a node in an offline mesh network, a mobile phone-to-phone network that exists outside of existing infrastructure. Videos or pictures that protestors want to share with the outside world, but can't, are encrypted and sent peer-to-peer, phone-to-phone across the network, until a phone with a direct connection to the internet is found.

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Comment by Ed Price
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This is a good start. But we need something that is Internet direct. The phones communicate with each other without cell towers, each phone transmitting to the next until the proper out-of-range phone is contacted.

Something like this could be used for people to maintain their own website(s) right on their phones. The limits would lie in: how many phones were active; phone radio range; phone bandwidth; and phone speed (gigahertz).