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

Relaynet will make it possible to build networked desktop and mobile apps that can remain connected when the Internet is completely shut down (by switching to a sneakernet, for example). Relaynet-compatible apps can be centralized or decentralized (without servers). Pre-existing software can also be adapted to use the technology; in fact, Relaynet's proof of concept made it possible to post and receive tweets over a sneakernet. With OTF's support, Relaynet will build the foundation of the technology so it can be used by desktop and Android apps.

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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

Total Funding: $127,757

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.)


  • Access to the Internet


  • Software or hardware development
  • Technology development


  • 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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