I am not sure why protestors did not adopt the open source serval mesh project apk and ios app. 
In Hong Kong given the density of building it's bit hard to have a line of sight, so it will still be hard to build a local network. But it's still possible to build a completely wireless network over the top of the buildings to communicate with each other.
This communications can be blocked, but then it will still work if enough people switch on their mobile phone and WiFi router to communicate with each other over peer to peer network which is a combination of wired and wireless.     
Meaning human-centric vs tech-centric morale/world-view?
Hey we used bluetooth to communicate to my next door neighbour while our internet was being sniffed by the government.
Other side of the world:
Hey man, looks like the bluetooth tech they were using is pretty outdated. I wonder how they are living.
How did the talk get diverted ?
Why the other side of the world didn't talk about whats important?
How can they start appreciating first than putting the intellect mind into work?
Whats feels wrong?
Something feels wired in the brain.
Tech is as addictive as any other addiction.
Intellect is the addictive substance.
Big brains know it,
We use it,
We think along with it.
So what got lost?
When did we stop to think like a humble monkey instead like a greedy machine ?
couple more questions.
point - Balance the mind with its own nature and external influence.
Reject if something feels wrong. Or atleast dont express.
Depression is prevalent in tech.
Why ! Because brain was giving you signs from beginning that it isnt healthy.
Everything is connected.
Hope I gave you the message you needed.
I like to add one point here: Mesh network is not only good for protest, it also useful when network is unstable, for example during bad weather, disastrous event etc. Let's don't forget mesh net can also be use to off-load some of the traffic from the "Normal network", plus good for privacy (If the network is built on top a verified open source structure).
I don't think it's a good idea of advertising a type of tech "good for protest/revolution/revolt/something like that". If you do that, the tech will never be adopted.
> I am not sure why protestors did not adopt the open source serval mesh project apk and ios app.
Because they don't share your value system, and chose a better user experience over a more secure system.
I want free software to win, which is perhaps a more extreme value system than yours (if you understand the difference between free software and open source software). But it strikes me as a bit naive to assume that free software will win on superior ideology alone. It's no coincidence that free software is winning in areas where it provides the best user experience (server OS-es, browsers) and losing in areas where it provides a worse user experience (user OS-es, most web applications).
Security seems like a good reason to me.
"Security is more important than useability" is an ideology.
2) This wasn't planned out months in advance. This is a protest that is organically sprouting up. Nobody wants to add jailbreaking or xCode to the onboarding process for people to join a protest movement.
3) I think worrying about Apple tracking what apps you install is the least of anyone's problems there at the moment.
This service even has different terms of service, than the standard iCloud offering (though I haven't done a diff to see what's changed).
The effect of this is that the encryption keys for the service for Chinese users, are in the hands of a state-owned company (not Apple).
I'm a big support of Apple's approach and ethics with respect to privacy generally, however if you're in China, or a citizen of China, then it's probably safe to assume that anything on or passing through iCloud, is fully accessible to the state, without requiring Apple's involvement (e.g. via subpoena).
Or do Chinese iCloud accounts still use the Chinese servers even when abroad while the western ones get to go through the great firewall for western iCloud?
> If you are not a Chinese citizen residing in China mainland, you can edit the country or region setting of your Apple ID to reflect your current country or region and continue using iCloud under Apple's current terms and conditions.
Hong Kong residents are not impacted by this.
The broader question is, if the Chinese state can demand this, then what (other than popular opinion) is stopping other states (with sufficient clout to meddle in Apple's markets and/or operations) from demanding the same?
Given that the protests are about China's over-reach into Hong Kong rule of law, Apple making any changes in the immediate future to impact Hong Kong residents would be a very challenging decision to make. It would also be particularly difficult to enforce, given that Hong Kong exists on the outside of the Great Firewall, with the rest of the wider Internet.
(I thought that was a joke/parody name, but it's actually true.)
Effectively sideloading does not exist. The fact that 0.001 percent of people who own an iPhone can, with great effort, sideload apps is irrelevant.
Which is why you can't buy books in the kindle ios app among others.
The background makes it kinda hard to read