[artinfo] Announcing Fluid Nexus
nknouf at zeitkunst.org
Fri Sep 30 14:16:39 CEST 2011
Announcing the re-launch of Fluid Nexus: mobile messaging without
E-mail: fluidnexus at fluidnexus.net
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In the second decade of the twenty-first century, networks continue
to be defined by their stable topology represented in an image or
graph. Peer-to-peer technologies promised new arrangements absent
centralized control, but they still rely on stationary devices.
Mobile phones remain wedded to conventional network providers.
Instead, the combination of peer-to-peer with mobility enables a new
concept of an information transfer infrastructure that relies on
fluid, temporary, ad-hoc networks. People and devices are at once
implicated as mobile nodes in this network (known in computer science
as a sneakernet).
Fluid Nexus bypasses Internet intermediaries' control over the
identification and circulation of messages. This makes Fluid Nexus an
important tool for activists. Access to the data stored by Fluid
Nexus requires a search warrant for your own devices-or another
device running the software. No identifying information regarding the
sender is attached to a message, putting the sender in control. And
in conjunction with other software such as ObscuraCam
(https://guardianproject.info/apps/securecam/) identities can be
further obfuscated as desired or necessary.
In the event that information needs to reach a broad audience, we've
added another feature called the Nexus (http://fluidnexus.net/nexus).
The Nexus is a space on this site for "public" messages to be
automatically uploaded by any Fluid Nexus user. The Nexus includes
text, audio, images, and video capabilities. The sender has control
whether the message will become public or not.
For more information on Fluid Nexus, see the paper "Transnetworks and
the Fluid Nexus Project"
in Fall 2011 in the proceedings of dis/connecting/media 2009.
Fluid Nexus Team
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