Sneakernets

Intermittent connectivity, mesh networks 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

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 Desa. In particularly I am interested in options that don’t only work for nerds. Your remote mountain village likely has no nerds in it yet; you want the internet to help make new nerds.

DIY internet

See DIY internet infrastructure.

Actual offline sneakernets

🏗 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.

Decentralised services

See decentralised services.