After years of testing in around the world, the Open Technology Institute is releasing its Commotion technology to the public, encouraging communities to set up their own shared networks and internet infrastructure.
The architecture of our mobile networks is going to have to change to keep up with more people and devices, and crowdfunded options like the Serval Project and BRCK may show us a path forward.
Syria, which is engaged in a citizen revolt, has been cut off from the Internet according to several reports. This tactic isn’t all that difficult implement and is becoming more common, making the need for new open source technologies for wireless communications necessary.
The State Department introduced a $25 million fund for technology companies to help with the task. One group has already applied for a $3 million grant to build the technology stack for a distributed, open-source telecommunications system. Here’s what it looks like.