[artinfo] Chaos Communication Camp 2011

Patrice Riemens patrice at xs4all.nl
Thu Jul 14 14:35:58 CEST 2011


Chaos Communication Camp 2011
Project Flow Control

A modern manifest of cyberspace

The internet is dead, long live the internet!

The internet is increasingly falling under the control and
restrictions of governments and multinational corporations. Internet
connections are filtered and censored, not only in China but blatantly
so in 'western' countries such as Australia and Canada. The content
industry is clamping down on infringement on intellectual property and
calls for ever more far-fetching and over-reaching laws to be put into
effect. Meanwhile, telco's are making deals with content providers to
decide how gets premium access and who gets degraded access to their networks.

We have seen the internet rise, saw its potential and then lost it
to capitalism and state control. It is time we truly 'take back the
web'. The modern manifest of cyberspace is a call to action, urging
the community to regain control and fight for a free infrastructure to
sustain an uncensored and unbiased flow of information.

As such, the independence of cyberspace
as declared in 1996 is a thing of the past. We urgently need to
reclaim this independence, to ensure the free flow of information. One
way out is the deployment of darknets and encrypted tunnels layered
over the existing commercial internet. In this talk I will argue for
a more radical option though; I will call to abandon the existing
infrastructure and build our own.

This talk will highlight various already ongoing initiatives
supporting this bold idea, and ideas that are currently bubbling up to
build grass-roots internet. Wireless mesh networks that connect local
areas, initiatives to connect rural areas to the larger networking
community and the hackerspaces space program] launching this year at
the CCC camp in August, which creates the environment for an actual
grass-roots telecommunications satellite network and unites various
ongoing efforts in this area.


But most of all, this talk will argue that the time is here to join
loose initiatives and localized grass-roots telecommunication efforts
to implement a world-wide and independent communications network. This
talk will explore possibilities, challenges and perhaps the need to
unlearn the familiar and adapt to a new era of a truly decentralized
infrastructure without traditional hubs of power and controlling agencies.

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