Meshnet / Darknetplan
The Meshnet Project
Basically, Reddit users are attempting to organize and create an alternative source of internet to combat the possibility of being censored by the government & corporations, e.g. SOPA (Stop Online Piracy Act) which would effectively remove many websites from your reach by filtering them out of search engines.
It would give our government power over the internet similar to what they have in China.
The meshnet servers would be localized and user based.
Instead of having each user connect to large service providers like AT&T, etc…
Each user would be connected directly to other users on their local grid, each providing their own router and bandwidth, or somethin’ like that. I dunno, I’m not quite nerdy enough to understand how it works.
But I know I want in on it. Check it out.
Read more for FAQs
FAQ section, copied from the website
What is a mesh network?
A mesh network is basically a network where each client(user) directly connects to other clients in the network instead of all of the clients being attached to a cable leading to an Internet Service Provider. This is a distributed architecture which relies on the network participants themselves to provide the connections and routes for packets to flow across the network.
Why use mesh networks?
Mesh networking is a robust method of communications which provides excellent message handling in the event of natural disasters such as earthquakes, hurricanes, and floods. Because the infrastructure is owned by the participants, it also offers good resistance to corporate and government censorship. The democratic uprisings in the Middle East have clearly demonstrated Government’s eagerness to shut down communications networks when they are threatened. Because Mesh-networks are composed of private, citizen-owned communications infrastructure, they provide protection against corporate and government control.
Why is a mesh network better?
Since a mesh network is run by users instead of by an ISP, it is difficult to censor and/or shut down. The network would also be built to prevent spying by governments and corporations.
Why is a mesh network worse?
Mesh networks do not have the efficiency of planned point-to-point networks with known routing tables. Routing must be determined dynamically, and can result in redundant packets, network congestion, and slower transmission speeds. Mesh networks are particularly susceptible to “scaling” problems which may appear as an increasing number of nodes join the network.
What are the first steps to building this network?
The first steps are to finish development of needed software, and to establish local mesh networks across the United States and the world.
How can I help if I have no technological experience?
Spreading the word is the absolute best thing you can do right now. Tell everyone in your local area and get a group together that is close enough that each person can see at least one other’s home from wherever you are going to place the antenna. Once you have that, we will have a guide together soon about how to set up your network even if you’re not extremely tech savvy. For now, see the question below.
How can I establish a local meshnet?
This part is not ridiculously difficult even in rural areas. Find some neighbors and friends that would be willing to try it and are visible from at least one other house in the network. Next, you need to buy appropriate hardware (more on this soon) and use either professional or home made antenna boosters to connect wifi between each of the houses. There are guides online like this PDF which will explain this subject in-depth.
Where can I find a little more information?
There is a document that has been made with more technical information for those interested you can see here.