Rutgers University researchers recently launched MondoNet, a wireless network initiative designed to create a more open alternative to the Internet. MondoNet aims to use mobile ad-hoc wireless mesh networks (MANETs) to create a system that provides more freedom and privacy for individual users than today's Internet.
"MondoNet aims to be as fast and feature-rich as the Net while being more immune to censorship and spying," says Rutgers professor Aram Sinnreich. "All the information [on the Internet] has to go through the eye of the needle of a few companies beholden to their governments. What we need is a new network."
MondoNet will incorporate technologies developed for use in MANETs, including a Better Approach to Mobile ad-hoc Networks and the Babel distance vector routing protocol. It also will use Daihinia, a tool that converts Wi-Fi devices into a mesh network, the Freedom Box Linux server for distributed networks, and the GNUnet software framework for peer-to-peer networking.
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