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Intermittent connectivity, and the Honda protocol

The Honda protocol:

Never underestimate the bandwidth of a kid on a moped with a backpack full of CDs.

I guess that’s a pocket full of flash drives these days, but whatevs.

From the Oxford Information Geographies project:

A Series of Tubes
A Series of Tubes

Perhaps you live in a jurisdiction where political speech is censored or manipulated, and you want communications to function without a single point of failure for the state to target. Or maybe you don’t want centralised surveillance of your friendships.

Ideally I’d like to find robust ways of participating in the internet bidirectionally, in non-real-time, without assuming the internet is always plugged in and working.

For unidirectional stuff, see offline internet.

The Web as we know it is not especially well suited to this, so this might be a hard sell to Joe Suburbia, but I imagine not so bad for Indonesians with smartphones or others in the internet badlands, say, Reza Desakota.

Actual offline sneakernets

TODO: mention the Indonesian IP piracy sneakernets’ approach to this.

In the mean time, here’s an analysis of the Cuban El Paquete, a particularly highly evolved sneakernet ecosystem.

Distributed version control can fix this sort of problem; but remote mountain villages rarely have distributed version control experts.


IPFS is building an actual decentralised, internet-collapse-ready web replacement. See decentralised net.

Decentralised services

See decentralised services.