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Comment Re:Some problems (Score 1) 124

I don't see this as a problem.

Once routing is established at layer-3, there's no reason you couldn't run a DHT or CAN system (such as Freenet) at a higher OSI layer. As we say in our presentation, the Internet is broken on many levels but we're starting from the lowest ones. Projects like Freenet are starting from the top-down, rather than the bottom-up. Both are necessary and meet in the middle.

Comment Re:Really SHOULD care about attackers (Score 1) 124

To be honest, I'm a bit surprised at all of the negative comments I've seen regarding the "zombie apocalypse" bit. We have tried to make it clear that the zombie thing is a joke, the real inspiration and goal of the project is natural disasters and political activism. On our original wiki, those goals were listed as items 1 & 2, the zombie bit was added as a whimsical third scenario but it seemed to catch on people who were interested in our project.

In reality, we are developing Byzantium to be useful in exactly the kinds of situations you describe. We have been discussing these ideas with people who have experience or expertise in emergency situations, such as political protests (Egypt, Syria, and OWS) and natural disasters (Katrina and Port-au-Prince). We are eager to make Byzantium into a solid tool for first responders who have a need to communicate and organize the relief effort. But also, we want it to be useful to individuals and communities seeking to prepare themselves against outages.

Comment Re:Some problems (Score 2) 124

Is it possible to include long-distance wireless links in the system/ Or more generally, can one add other links than WiFi?

Yes. The routing protocols we have chosen are layer-1/layer-2 agnostic. You can connect to other nodes through any physical link you have available. Dial up, satellite, HAM radio, a VPN tunnel, carrier pigeon, ...

Another benefit of electronic technology is collaboration and information storage. Byzantium seems great for that, at least for a local group. Depending on the situation, there may be a need for high security, to restrict access to certain documents/wikis, and authentication, to know who one is talking to. That would be impossible to provide to provide to the ignorant "iPhone users" they keep going on about. Impossible at least for the leaf nodes without the Byzantium software (e.g. ARP spoofing), and very difficult for the router nodes as well.

We believe that it can be done, that it can be done securely, and that it can be done securely for iPhone users. Obviously there will always be challenges and vulnerabilities in any system this complex, but we can make an effort to address those or at least make it easier for end users to exercise common sense. We're not there yet, but we think this is a step in the right direction.

Comment Re:Useful when Govt tries to take away network (Score 2) 124

We're still having some trouble supporting MacBooks, particularly because none of the core developers own one. We'd love to help you troubleshoot the issue, as we certainly don't want to exclude Macs from being nodes. Best way to reach us is through our mailing list or in #byzantium on Freenode.

Comment Re:Using my existing Linux distribution? (Score 2) 124

We have started on this already. We will have a lot more on this in the coming months. We're heading to an International Summit for Community Wireless Networks in early October to collaborate with other mesh projects and communities on some standard for interoperability. Also, the software we're using to build Byzantium will be packaged and submitted to the top Linux distros for inclusion in their repositories, but for now it's easier to develop and test on a closed platform.

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