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Ayanda

Developing an open source library that offers tools for offline-network communication based on sending data through BlueTooth, WiFi, and ultrasonic-sound technology.

During times of large-scale civic engagement and issues of national significance, numerous autocratic regimes throughout Africa have limited their citizens' ability to freely express themselves online, and at times have completely shut off the Internet. Ayanda stands to offer an open source solution that is localized for the types of low-end devices and low-resource environments that may be found throughout the global south and in Sub-saharan Africa in particular. Ayanda's proposed ultrasonic-sound technology will simplify the process of pairing devices and lead to better cross-device compatibility. In addition, the project also intends to make the open source library more user-friendly for projects that require the use of offline communication solutions.

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 $86,950 13 months
Internet Freedom Fund

Total Funding: $86,950

Addressed problems

  • Localized or nationwide communications shut down or throttling (Blackouts)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
  • Restrictive Internet filtering by technical methods (IP blocking, DNS filtering, TCP RST, DPI, etc.)

Focus

  • Awareness of privacy and security threats
  • Privacy enhancement
  • Security from danger or threat online

Objective(s)

  • Deploying technology
  • Software or hardware development
  • Testing
  • Research
  • Technology development
  • Training

Beneficiaries

  • Ethnic minorities
  • General public
  • Youth
  • Activists
  • Journalists
  • Academia
  • Technologists

Region(s)

  • Southern Africa

Project status

  • It Exists! (Alpha/Beta)

Countries

  • Zimbabwe

Technology attributes

  • Application deployment
  • Mobile application (clientside)
  • Networking
  • Anonymity
  • User interface/experience
  • Wireless Communication
  • Platform as a service (PaaS)