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NANOG Meeting Presentation Abstract

Keynote: Distributed Mesh Infrastructures
Meeting: NANOG58
Date / Time: 2013-06-03 2:00pm - 2:30pm
This item is webcast
Room: Crescent City Ballroom
Presenters: Speakers:

Sascha Meinrath, Open Technology Institute

Sascha Meinrath is vice president of the New America Foundation and director of the Open Technology Institute. In 2012 he was named one of the top 100 in Newsweek's Digital Power Index and he has been described as a "community Internet pioneer" and an "entrepreneurial visionary." He is a well-known expert on community wireless networks, municipal broadband, and telecommunications policy. In 2009 he was named one of Ars Technica's Tech Policy "People to Watch" and is also the 2009 recipient of the Public Knowledge IP3 Award for excellence in public interest advocacy. Sascha founded the Commotion Wireless Project (a.k.a., the "Internet-in-a-Suitcase") and, along with Vint Cerf, is the co-founder of Measurement Lab (M-Lab), a distributed server platform for researchers around the world to deploy Internet measurement tools, advance network research, and empower the public with useful information about their broadband connections. He coordinates the Open Source Wireless Coalition, a global partnership of wireless integrators, researchers, implementors and companies dedicated to the development of open source, interoperable, low-cost wireless technologies. Sascha has worked with Free Press, the Cooperative Association for Internet Data Analysis (CAIDA), the Acorn Active Media Foundation, the Ethos Group, and the CUWiN Foundation. He blogs regularly at www.saschameinrath.com.
Abstract: Commotion (www.commotionwireless.net) is an open-source communication tool that uses mobile phones, computers, and other wireless devices to create decentralized mesh networks. The Open Technology Institute, in collaboration with numerous open source projects from around the globe, is building a new type of tool for democratic organizing: one that uses a distributed mesh infrastructure to provide key enhancements to existing circumvention technologies -- supporting human rights advocates, civil society organizations, and low-cost communications. A distributed infrastructure makes it extremely difficult for a government to completely disrupt communications. In addition, “device-as-infrastructure” networks enhance communications security among their participants by eliminating points for centralized monitoring, enabling direct peer-to-peer communication, and aggregating and securing individual communications streams. Commotion is both an R&D effort -- pioneering numerous innovations in the open source mesh wireless space -- as well as an intervention that supports secure and free communications wherever it's deployed.
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Sponsors: None.

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