Linked by Thom Holwerda on Thu 11th Jul 2013 21:35 UTC
Microsoft Documents released by Snowden show the extent to which Microsoft helped the NSA and other security agencies in the US. "Microsoft helped the NSA to circumvent its encryption to address concerns that the agency would be unable to intercept web chats on the new portal; The agency already had pre-encryption stage access to email on, including Hotmail; The company worked with the FBI this year to allow the NSA easier access via Prism to its cloud storage service SkyDrive, which now has more than 250 million users worldwide; [...] Skype, which was bought by Microsoft in October 2011, worked with intelligence agencies last year to allow Prism to collect video of conversations as well as audio; Material collected through Prism is routinely shared with the FBI and CIA, with one NSA document describing the program as a 'team sport'." Wow. Just wow.
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RE[3]: Intranet
by Morgan on Fri 12th Jul 2013 02:58 UTC in reply to "RE[2]: Intranet"
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Nice idea in theory, but I think it would work better if you used smartphones. Say what? Let me explain:

Smartphones are already connected to the Internet via the carrier networks. It would be fairly simple to create a cross-platform app (possibly even a web app) -- let's call it Join A Mesh or JAM for short -- that would use the phone's a-GPS combined with an Internet-connected app to map out and find other JAM users. The first time you connect to another JAMmer and handshake successfully, you exchange keys that keep you connected via WiFi or Bluetooth depending on proximity. As you each add other JAMmers, you also decrease your dependency on the carrier network since you can piggyback on another JAMmer's connection to the Internet.

Eventually there will be a need for more powerful "mega nodes", which is where your Atom based nettop machine would come into play. It can act as a file server, web server, and bridge to the "real" Internet if necessary. More powerful machines could serve denser meshes. But the larger the mesh is, the less dependent on the current Internet backbone everyone will be. There would be mesh based news sites, entertainment sites, research, hobby, social networking sites, and so on, just like the old 'Net.

Basically, since nearly every cellphone in a given populated area can potentially connect to another cellphone nearby, you would end up with a living, moving, slightly less dependable but much more vibrant version of the current Internet. It would be an altogether different beast, but it would be an amazing feat.

Unfortunately it won't happen anytime soon if ever, but it's a great theory.

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