by p2p Foundation
This project is meant for people curious about transparency and control of the networking technologies, their use and abuse by nation states and corporations leading towards new toolsets being produced to distribute connectivity beyond traditional powers. Telephony and the Internet have had a huge impact on society, both positive and negative. Following the uprisings in the Middle East in 2011, where the Internet was “turned off”, we aim to provide a close-to real-time map of leverage points expressed through the power medium of data visualization.
The project is meant for people curious about how their governments maybe monitoring them and looking for alternative tools to circumvent this surveillance.
The p2p Foundation plans to develop tools and toolkits for exposing choke points. They will also be creating open source tools which can be used by people to help this project map networks to monitor and sidestep spying, although this is part of longer term initiative.
Components of the project include:
– an interactive data visualization of identified choke points, so that everyone can understand where vulnerabilities are
– show the related open projects which aim to remedy those vulnerabilities
– point to articles with analysis and strategy to educate and inform general public and researcher communities
– release datasets and tools used to track down Internet choke points
And they will also provide a documentation including a tutorial and design patterns that present possible installation ideas for spaces such as museums and transit terminals.
The target group will be news organizations and people subscribed to social networking sites.
This project should serve as an experimental space for citizens to investigate how governments are tracking them hour-by-hour. Participants should understand how such tools can allow for collaborative expression for rejecting current levels of scrutiny that are not made transparent by existing government and corporate entities.