The internet is no longer free (if it ever was), and
everything you do online is tracked, logged, and reported
to increasingly greedy and authoritarian government bureaucracies.
We live in a society where,
for the ever-growing marginalized populations,
a thoughtless comment
on social media or a forum
may result in government retribution such as fines, imprisonment,
torture, mutilation, and permadeath.
The term “DarkPi” refers categorically to any
secure, efficient, modular, ruggedized,
network absence & delay-tolerant portable based on
the Raspberry Pi single-board computer
and the functions.sh scripts.
The original concept:~ jakimfett, circa 2012
A Raspberry Pi inside a weather-resistant enclosure
with battery and renewable energy recharging options,
an aggressive power efficiency controller,
and a long range wifi antenna.
Add an intrusion detection system,
and configure the system to connect
with any in-range open wireless hotspot.
Then connect and safely interact with the internet
using the DarkPi as a bridge.
The hoped for result: A wide scale, easy to deploy darknet that can provide easy communication in case of disaster, carrier specific filtering of sites, or even the need for anonymity, such as in a hostile country.
The hardware under consideration is low cost (targeting a sub-$60USD total for parts), assembles intuitively, and as durable as can be expected for devices made from glass bits.~ jakimfett, circa 2019
Interested in aiding development?