With increased awareness that governments are spying and businesses are tracking the online lives of people around the world,.
Scores of communities worldwide have been building these roll-your-own networks—often because a mesh can also be used as a cheap way to access the regular internet. But along the way people are discovering an intriguing upside: Their new digital spaces are autonomous and relatively safe from outside meddling. In an era when governments and corporations are increasingly tracking our online movements, the user-controlled networks are emerging as an almost subversive concept. "When you run your own network," Bonicioli explains, "nobody can shut it down."
Security isn't the only advantage. It's also fast -- 150 Mbs a second -- and cheap. And as Technology Review points out, "creating and operating such networks is now becoming possible without specialist knowledge." This may be a terrifying prospect for Internet companies and advertisers, but an awesome idea for everyone else.
Read more: Mother Jones
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