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4/28/2011 05:53 PM EDT
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jam60
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jam60   4/29/2011 6:05:41 PM
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Take the Egyptian situation as an example. This could help maintain interconnectivity within the geography of a wireless mesh (subject to jamming) but in order to reach outside of that geography would require some connectivity to the backbone, which was blocked. I.e., there is no wireless mesh that extends from Cairo to a neighboring country or even probably between cities. So while it may help people organize themselves locally, it doesn't seem to solve the problem of getting information in or out of the local geography. And with no connectivity out of the city/country, users can't use centralized resources (e.g. Facebook) to communicate.

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jigish.shukla1   5/2/2011 2:01:11 AM
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That is truly an amazing idea. I for one will support it. -Jigish Shukla www.knownfo.com

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Bob Lacovara   5/2/2011 1:34:34 PM
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Dr. Divakar and jam60 make cogent points. But the underlying issue is this: it is perfectly reasonable to restrict the government's ability to interfere with private communication, it isn't so reasonable to restrict it's ability to monitor and control communications for reasons of national security. This is a basic conflict that cannot be resolved by technology. No technology will keep people safe from their own government; no technology exists that cannot be perverted to uses that oppress a population. Safeguards against totalitarianism are human beings, not MANET arrangements with clever encryption. By the way, Rich, you screw up this network not by jamming, as you point out, but by denial-of-service. Your friendly government C-117 flies overhead and drops a half-million nodes, about 4 grams each, over a city, all competing for time on the network... guess what happens to the network?

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