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Awala

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Building networked apps that can remain connected in the event of a complete Internet shutdown

Awala (formerly known as Relaynet) is a new computer network where compatible apps use the Internet as-normal when it's available, but are able to switch to a secure sneakernet when the Internet has been cut off. Developers can use Awala today to make existing Internet services (like social networks) resilient to Internet blackouts, or build Awala-native apps to unlock additional benefits (e.g., decentralization, spam protection). The Awala team is now working on drastically lowering the barrier to adopt Awala, which includes the delivery of a basic version of Letro (an Awala-native service analogous to email).

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Current project status

Just an idea (Pre-alpha)
It exists! (Alpha/Beta)
It's basically done (Release)
People use it (Production)

Funding to date

2019 $127,757 9 months
Internet Freedom Fund
2021 $516,684 18 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $644,441

Addressed problems

  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Prohibitive cost to access the Internet
  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)

Focus

  • Access to the Internet

Objective(s)

  • Software or hardware development
  • Technology development

Beneficiaries

  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • General public
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Technologists
  • Government

Region(s) archive

  • Global

Project status

  • Just an Idea (Pre-alpha)

Technology attributes

  • Networking
  • Server daemon
  • Software as a Service (SaaS)
  • Web API/Mobile application (serverside)
  • Wireless Communication
  • Cryptography

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