Global Airnet

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Andre Staltz on a Plan for the Global Airnet as an alternative to the Global Wirenet

Andre Staltz:

"In the next year or two:

  • Developers improve peer-to-peer protocols that support the content-centered Web (IPFS, Dat) and the people-centered Web (SSB)
  • Developers and hardware manufacturers write open protocols for mesh networking (comparable to MultipeerConnectivity, CJDNS, Open Garden)
  • Developers bring peer-to-peer protocols to smartphones and build mobile apps that use those

Web enthusiasts and archivers help migrate content from the old Web to the new protocols

  • Hardware startups compete in the market for regional mesh networks (e.g. goTenna, Beartooth, and others)

In two years or more:

  • Smartphone manufacturers sell mesh-first mobile devices for the developing world
  • Developers work with regional communities to localize mesh mobile apps (note the possibility of forking open source projects and customizing them to different cultures)
  • Charitable organizations or companies offer mesh-first smartphones for free (or subsidized and cheap) to people in developing nations
  • Mesh-based cyberspaces start to thrive in some countries
  • Similar mesh cyberspaces in the developed world also gain relevance, specially in countries with unfair ISPs

In six years or more:

  • Ecosystem of wireless mesh networks expands from regional “airnets” to national airnets
  • National airnets are weaved together through a global mesh of satellites (much like Blockstream)
  • Make the global airnet competitive with the wirenet

As a result of having competition between the two, we can hope to fix the overutilization of the wirenet and the underutilization of airnets, bringing balance to the wire-versus-air dichotomy, providing choice in how data should travel in each case." (