The Honda protocol:
Never underestimate the bandwidth of a kid on a moped with a backpack full of CDs.
Perhaps you live in a jurisdiction where political speech is censored or substantially manipulated, and you want communications to function without a single point of failure for the state to target. Aside: Who, today, does that not described? Serious question.
Or maybe you just 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 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.
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.
- serval 1, serval 2
- p2p meshnet SDKs for offline with firechat
- Wireless networking in the developing world
- citizen mesh networks
Amber Case argues for IPFS, which at a glance sounds great for reading content although I don’t understand how it generalises to writing content.