Washington, June 12: A Washington think tank will be launching ‘Commotion Wireless’, a project funded by the US government, which would help people evade government censors, in countries where government officials monitor and censor the internet.
The thinktank, New America Foundation claims that it may be in a smartphone app or it could be a clandestine wireless network that looks innocuous, but will allow people to communicate out of the view of government censors.
“Such a system is useful for people to communicate in situations when governments don’t want them to,” The Telegraph quoted Sascha Meinrath, head of the project at the New America Foundation, as saying.
According to the paper, a mission statement of the open-source software project said, “Commotion is designed as a secure and reliable platform to ensure their communications cannot be controlled or cut off by authoritarian regime”.Because it is a ‘mesh’ network, each of those using the system becomes a ‘node’, making it harder to shut down than a centralized access point,” it added.
The effort seeks to promote free expression online and takes advantage of the fact that more people are using mobile devices.
“The same technology would be able to help in countries like Syria where the government is trying to crack down on the free flow of information,” said HacDC member Ben Mendis, who helped set up the local network.
The Commotion program became known as the “Internet in a suitcase,” but those involved say it is a misnomer.
“This is not a suitcase full of specialised equipment, this is meant to run on whatever exists on the ground. It’s all software,” Meinrath said. (ANI)