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Qual.net

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A multi-platform, secure, anonymous internet-independent WiFi communication application for and by people in repressive countries

qaul.net is a communication tool created by and for people in repressive internet environments. It makes information exchange possible via direct peer-to-peer local communication while providing all the basic communication necessities in one single application (voice chat, text messaging, file sharing). qaul.net has a strong focus on usability and ease of use to make communication in situations under censorship and with restricted freedom of speech as easy as possible.

This project will focus on building qaul.net version 2.0, complete with updated technologies allowing new interconnection possibilities - making it possible for users' devices to directly connect and communicate with one another. Specific planned project goals include developing features such as VoIP, text messaging, and file sharing, network layer development, app security development, and testing in alpha and beta versions before the ultimate release of version 2.0.

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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

2018 $248,567 18 months
Core Infrastructure Fund

Total Funding: $248,567

Addressed problems

  • Blocking, filtering, or modification of political, social, and/or religious content (including apps)
  • Technical attacks against government critics, journalists, and/or human rights organizations (Cyberattacks)
  • Repressive surveillance or monitoring of communication
  • Government practices that hold intermediaries (social networks or ISPs) liable for user content
  • Other

Focus

  • Privacy enhancement
  • Security from danger or threat online

Objective(s)

  • Software or hardware development
  • Testing
  • Technology development

Beneficiaries

  • General public
  • Ethnic minorities
  • Activists
  • Advocacy groups/NGOs
  • Technologists
  • Other

Region(s)

  • North Africa
  • Eastern Asia
  • Global

Project status

  • People Use It. (Production)

Countries

  • Tunisia
  • Turkey
  • Egypt
  • Syria

Technology attributes

  • Application deployment
  • Cryptography
  • Desktop App
  • Desktop client
  • Mobile application (clientside)
  • Networking
  • Other
  • Server daemon
  • User interface/experience
  • Web API/Mobile application (serverside)
  • Web application
  • Wireless Communication
  • Anonymity