Saturday, July 14, 2012: 7:00 pm (Sassaman): Project Byzantium (a working group of HacDC) is proud to announce the release of Byzantium Linux, a live distribution which makes it fast and easy to build ad-hoc wireless mesh networks. Due to the actions of certain governments (such as those of Egypt, Tunisia, and Syria), alternative data networks are becoming more and more important as a means to communicate, organize, and coordinate. Project Byzantium aims to help support (and in some cases, replace) damaged or compromised Internet infrastructure and services with commodity wi-fi enabled equipment and a flexible, improvisable architecture. The presenters will discuss some of the engineering challenges faced and solutions that were developed to overcome them, including automatic network configuration and interaction with mobile clients that have limited capabilities.
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