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    This article is not much use if you are outside North America.

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      Exactly my thought. One notable example outside North America is the Freifunk movement in Germany (http://freifunk.net/en/).

      Most notable is the network in Berlin, consisting of over 350 nodes: http://berlin.freifunk.net/network/nodes/

      Edit: Sorry, I have to correct myself. Freifunk Hamburg is even bigger: over 700 nodes: https://hamburg.freifunk.net/wo-wird-gefunkt

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      Thanks for bringing light to this. I had no idea such a thing had existed. I wish the article went into more details, particularly, how this remains safe? And how people get access to it?

      Their motivation for increased privacy became acute after it was revealed that the National Security Agency was collecting individual data through backdoors in traditional cloud services and ISPs. The Meta Mesh project requires that all traffic is encrypted.

      I am not a network professional, but one node within these Mesh networks are hardwired and the rest are wireless. Curious how the that makes it more secure? I am hard pressed to believe that the NSA cannot get access to the information flowing through these networks.

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        I’m glad you liked it - I shared it because I was pleasantly surprised to see that the concern and confusion I’d heard around the topic was growing into real working systems. I figured it would at least be a nice reference of groups to look up.

        I suppose their hopes for security against the global passive adversary are in promoting encrypted transport layers, avoiding compromised backbones for peer-to-peer services, and growing to the point that useful services are run on servers directly connected to mesh networks to similarly avoid backbones.