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@Mix and I were in a video call today with Michiel Leenaars from NLnet and Paul Gardner-Stephen, and among many other things, we discussed the possibility of a new #NGI grant program starting soon about resilient civil communications.

One real possibility is to start drafting a grant project about viral wireless connections for SSB replication. The explain-it-like-I'm-5 goal is that you could drive a car around a town (or a boat along a river in the Amazon) and whatever mobile devices with Manyverse installed would automatically connect to the device in the car, and replicate SSB feeds. Currently, replication is very manual and not quick, e.g. in Manyverse with Bluetooth connections you have to put two devices close to each other, press "sync" and pray that it works. Ideally, devices would discover each other automatically in the background as soon as they are within ~10 meters of each other, and whether or not they have seen each other in the past, they would connect to each other and run EBT replication to sync content ASAP.

Whether the above is actually possible or not is not a blocker, we can also do a survey of the current tools available, such as these (potentially more): Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi Aware, Apple MultipeerConnectivity, Apple Wireless Direct Link (AWDL), Open Wireless Link (OWL), OpenDrop, Bluetooth 5, etc. And then if it is possible, we could work on providing viral wireless connections as a library (say, in C, with bindings for Java for Android, Objective C or Swift for iOS, and Node.js for Electron) with the goal of putting in Manyverse, and in production. This would be mostly an independent sister project to Manyverse, but just using Manyverse to validate the usefulness of the solution.

I don't know yet how many persons could work on this, but it seems like a sizable amount of work: survey of current tech, C library, API bindings for iOS/Android/Electron, so maybe it's 2 persons or 3. But the message from NLnet is clear: there is funding for this kind of thing. I'm looking to build a team early, before there's hurry to write a grant proposal.

My questions are:

  • Anyone out there in SSB have the expertise in this, and the availability and interest to start drafting a grant proposal?
  • Anyone has studied or currently works at TU Darmstadt Secure Mobile Networking Lab? Given that they've made Open Wireless Link, they would be excellent folks to work with to make progress on something like this
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Voted ## Opportunity for work related to wireless connectivity [@Mix](@G98XybiXD
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Request : please connect us with your mobile networking nerd friends

This is about Manyverse but also about building tools which are urgently needed for p4p tools which will help mitigate things like climate crisis migration. We've already seen how hectic political migration can get in recent years. People often bring their phones with them, and staying in touch with whanau (family) is really key.

The NLNet crew are really keen to push this forward as fast as possible - both with short term and longer term strategies. They're prepared to fund multiple parallel approaches simultaneously because the space is such high priority.

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I'm not good at grants nor do i know folks who work on the TU Darmstadt Secure Mobile Networking Lab, but i would love to participate in and support this project. I think the offline peer syncing gossip is one of the magical super powers of ssb but we need to do more work to make it reach its full potential.

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Voted TinySSB would definitely be a good fit, but I think that should come with a
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Imagine air-dropping nodes over a disaster zone. Just sprinkle them liberally, some will get wrecked but imagine the power of having instant communication power with cellphones down. Hmm.. but you might have to get in range of one with WiFi, which doesn't work well if you're under rubble. STILL

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