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U.S. Promotes Network to Foil Digital Spying

| By: Adam Lynn

New York Times

From the article:

A group of academics and computer enthusiasts who took part in the 2011 uprising in Tunisia that overthrew a government deeply invested in digital surveillance have helped their town become a test case for an alternative: a physically separate, local network made up of cleverly programmed antennas scattered about on rooftops.

The mesh network blankets areas of town including the main street, the weekly market, the town hall and the train station, and users have access to a local server containing Wikipedia in French and Arabic, town street maps, 2,500 free books in French, and an app for secure chatting and file sharing.

Radio Free Asia, a United States government-financed nonprofit, has given $1 million to explore multiple overseas deployments.

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