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Tuesday, August 2nd, 2011 by Roberto Saracco

Hackers at work to create an infrastructure-less network

In this blog we have sometime mentioned the idea that networks in the future may also comprise parts where the communications infrastructure is generated by terminals.

Hence, it was not a surprise reading the article on Spectrum announcing an initiative to do just that.

“The Open Technology Initiative—part of the public-policy think tank New America Foundation—recently received a US $2 million grant from the Department of State to help coordinate its MANET development effort, called Commotion Wireless. The organization’s goal is to get MANET technology ready for use in areas that have oppressive regimes. The project should be completed by the end of next year, according to Sascha Meinrath, the initiative’s director. While Commotion has only four full-time team members, it relies on some programming (some of which it pays for) from the open-source community. “For us, this is about a call to action,” Meinrath says.”

Take a look at the paper, it really makes you think about the possibilities opened up by the embedding of more and more electronics in objects. We are planning to specifically study this issue at the Future Centre and to look at possible options on the Telco side, so stay tuned.