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    Instant Infrastructure Revolution Kit
    Some thoughts about miniatyrization and the Internet of Things (IoT) inspired by U.S. Internet suitcase survival kit.

    As The New York Times told, U.S. is developing Internet in a suitcase. The idea is to create instant stealth wireless networks that would enable activists to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like Iran, Syria and Libya.

    Phone as a server

    Andrew Lippman at MIT Media Lab has written much about viral communication and networks. One of his idea is, that mobile devices could be servers at the same time like peer-to-peer swapping networks on the Internet and there would besically no need to mobile transmitting towers or telecom operators. The only disadvantage with this kind of network is, that it will be reachable only in the area where there are enough cells (or devices) to keep network up'n'running.

    Internet in a suitcase seems to fill that gap. If the communication networks are (shut) down for example in country level, like in Iran 2009 and Egypt 2011, there would be instant Internet servers and communication servers with this project.

    But there are other uses for Internet suitcase also. After Hurricane Katrina in New Orleans 2005, there were many common citizens restoring instant and local Internet internet infrastructure, ham radios and other means of communication while the public sector of U.S. was incapable to do almost nothing for several days.

    Instant infrastructure, just add a water

    There are several interesting feature with The Official Internet Suitcase. First, why create jus a communication kit? Internet of Things (IoT) offers many possibilities to get intel from physical places. With IPv6, every pieces of the Internet suitcase equipment could have their own IP-address. They could sense the environment, for example to track soldiers and military vehicles. For example, instead of just spreading bombs, NATO could has bombed Libya with tiny Internet trackers scattering them around Libya. These transmitters could change intel together for rebels and NATO command center.

    Collapsed technical infrastructure is just not for communication and delivering basic needs, like electricity. Centralized infrastructure is actually the nerve system of 'modern' society. If it somehow collapses, modern society freezes.

    On the other hand, I've seen, read and heard about countless cases about setting temporary infrastructure, like Konemetsä techno raves in wood in Finland. One of the biggest temporary infrastructure invasion was at Seattle 1999, where globalists de facto created another communication ad hoc infrastructure beside the official - and also used the official version. Nowadays, for example in urban riots or in summer party, it is just a matter of minutes to set up live video stream (Bambuser), announce about the gathering in Twitter and Facebook etc, organize it in wikis and Etherpad etc. Actually, there have been several "Internet suitcases" for years already, U.S. is just innovating an easy-to-use consumer version of them.

    But in the future, this is not just a matter of silicon. After some serious biohacking during next decades, I suppose that it is possible to carry lightweight food, for example. And get the electricity from the sky. And. like food, to carry some bio-based material as camping settlements.

    In the future of wars and catastrophes, it is possible to reinfrastructure the targeted physical area very quickly, remotely or on the places, friendly of hostily. Which actually means a society in suitcase and later in pill box. Again, this inspires to several thoughts :)

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    BenRayfield     Mon, Jun 13, 2011  Permanent link
    It doesn't make sense. First they install a centralized off switch in large parts of the Internet. Then they support independent networks that nobody can turn off.

    If this is true, then I estimate this marks the turning point between a centralized world government and a decentralized peer-to-peer organization of society. Maybe they finally figured out a one world hierarchy government can't work. Or maybe they're trying to distract people from the off switch on large parts of the Internet by appearing to work toward its opposite. USA must know that by helping people of other countries to have power over their governments, the people of USA will have the same power over their government when they build similar independent networks. Or maybe there are many rich and politically powerful organizations fighting for both directions of centralized vs decentralized. Maybe somebody in USA's government wants the people of USA to gain the ability to learn what other parts of USA's government are really doing, and that's the only way one part of the government could defeat the other. Many possibilities. We should watch this closely, especially in combination with the anonymous Tor network, Bitcoin, and similar things which governments may feel threatened by.
    nethunt     Mon, Jun 13, 2011  Permanent link
    @BenRayfield +1 LOL: "First they install a centralized off switch in large parts of the Internet. Then they support independent networks that nobody can turn off."

    Couldn't agree more :) Actually, U.S. didn't accept the law of the Internet Killer Switch but it seems that they'd like to put thee Net off/on in other countries like light bulb or television.
    BenRayfield     Mon, Jun 13, 2011  Permanent link
    The majority of USA's states didn't accept the creation of income tax laws either, but we still have to pay them. Lets not allow another case of implementing some big change and years later creating the laws that allow such required change, based on the fact that its already implemented.
    sjef     Thu, Jun 16, 2011  Permanent link
    Sounds like a great way to Trojan an entire infrastructure.
    "Hey, revolution torn Nation, we heard your despotic regime shut off the internetz!? No probz, here just use these CIA sanctioned FreedomBoxes to further your revolution, all communications untapped & secure, GUARANTEED..."