The problem is hard as police is using various tactics to try to silence protestors. As mentioned they “can join and hone in on”. And once found physical protestors, they can beaten them up and then if circumstances allow, they could charge them as beaten up police instead etc. So far 1000+ arrest and as you seen many protestors are hurt - 4 eyes are lost ... etc.
The leaderless communities have to work out how to communicate. This is one of the attempts as LIHKG is ddosed during protest time. No doubt, they will try others. We will try until the five demands are met. (The last one is for the real elections as promised in joint declaration and basic laws.)
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Human fighting for liberty should not perish from the earth.
For that matter, has anyone outside of North America?
There are hundreds of videos released everyday of evident gratuitous police violence and misbehavior that is never investigated anyway.
HK definitely has the population density to make it work, especially with people moving around.
(And to that end, in a big city like Hong Kong, you probably wouldn't really need massive adoption, just a few % as you are in close proximity to hundreds of people fairly regularly).
During the NBA championship parade this summer every cell network in Toronto was basically shut down, even with extra capacity along the parade route. If there had also been the bandwidth of a series of 'permenent' Bluetooth nodes, I wonder how that would effect things.
Basically it was a phone app that through mesh networking (Bt/WiFi) builds then maintains updated a distributed database of signed up local devices where each record contains accurate geographical coordinates (or seat numbers in public places - that would require a map of course) of all devices then arranges them in a xy matrix, rounding to the next available device when necessary. The initial purpose of the app, once the owner wears it like a pendant, was to make each device screen become essentially a RGB pixel in a giant screen, then distribute and synchronize (again, through mesh networking) down to fractions of a second (NTP and GPS should allow that) both graphical and temporal data to drive them. My idea was to use this giant screen to allow people to show political dissent messages in countries/times/places where this is not permitted (just imagine a 20k people crowd in a stadium). The app should have implemented some mechanism so that only trusted people could decide and schedule what's being shown and when, but other than that, every connection would have been on a peer to peer basis through mesh networking.
I didn't think about implementing a chat over all the above, but that would probably be a lot simpler than the rest.
As further security measure, the database should be encrypted so that if someone is arrested it won't reveal the peers data/position, and a panic button or dead man switch function could also be added so that a routine propagates the alert instructing all other apps to uninstall themselves and reboot.
Anyway, funny how this is still novel news and there is no market leader in this space, because that was 5, almost 6 years ago.
I still feel like ad-hoc wifi networks with something like BGP would be better. On the other hand there still isn't a good standard "chat over IP" except maybe unix "talk" which just about no one uses.
I expect on the next protest people suddenly to find out those kind of networks to work poorly.
: In the US; it's complicated. Tl;dr is http://afar.net/tutorials/fcc-rules/ , much much more verbose is https://www.ecfr.gov/cgi-bin/retrieveECFR?mc=true&r=PART&n=p...
Fortunately the majority of these protestors are likely using Android devices with the easy ability to put them in developer mode and side load these messaging apps.
I'd like to see Apple iOS introduce a developer mode (free of cost!) that allows side loading.
Edit: looked it up, here: https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/ypw3xv/police-grade-mobil...
If you are sideloading an app, you should verify the source of it and you should be aware of the potential security risks you are taking.
Preferably side loaded apps you might install are open source and the binaries are verifiable.
Also, F-Droid.org is safe place for Android users.
A locked but privacy respecting platform vs a no-privacy but open platform.
I see where you are coming from and as a non-USA citizen I hate the Google integration as much as you probably do, but if this is the kind of thing you care about, Android is the free platform that gives you all the options. Those who say that iOS is more supportive of privacy... by default (if privacy is not important enough to you to follow a tutorial to install a clean OS), then sure, but when it really matters and you need to have control over your device, Apple just doesn't allow you to do that.
But let me repeat: I do see where you are coming from. Apple does a bunch more things right on this front than Android (again, speaking about manufacturers' defaults) and a lot of non-technical people would find it hard to even follow the step by step instructions that are available. I'm not sure there is an absolute right or wrong answer in the general case. I'm just saying that for the specific case of people that (need to) care about this, Android is at least an open platform with a (tiny, tiny) FOSS ecosystem.
You need both a mesh net and a p2p chat app which single and telegram are not.
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Is this link fake news?
2) Your link is an entirely different company, with a different name...
Some diligence please before throwing accusations around.
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