Wednesday, March 2, 2011

Open Mesh Project seeks to use mesh networking to promote freedom - matter of time before corporate backlash

Open Mesh Project seeks to use mesh networking to promote freedom | TeleRead: News and views on e-books, libraries, publishing and related topics:
"Of course, this is just the beginning. As the technology improves—and getting it into widespread use will drive improvement—we could be on the way to the sort of everything-is-networked future depicted in Vernor Vinge’s Rainbows End. Won’t that be an interesting world to live in? Hopefully once such widespread information to access becomes available, it will be harder for tyrants to keep their people down. (Of course, they’ll probably still find ways anyway, but we can dream, right?)"

While Rainbows End is a fantastic book, I think the future of the open mesh network will look more like the Charles Stross and Cory Doctorow short story Unwirer, published in the book Wireless by Stross. If corporations cannot profit from an open mesh network they will make it illegal.