The Outernet

Imagine a network where communication could be completely free from influence by corporations, politicians, and government.  Additionally, imagine a network readily available from all parts of the world, where the content is controlled by the users and censorship was non-existent.  The Outernet is future to help in solidifying this scenario, providing anonymized and decentralized content free to the users.

Presently, 60% of the world’s population is unable to access the basic information provided by the Internet.  The Outernet aims to provide free broadcasting of useful and relevant news, information, and educational content.  Content is delivered via satellite through a one-way data stream.  Individual usage is always anonymous, unimpeded by sovereign censors; it’s like the shortwave radio of the 21st century.

The Outernet is live as of August 2014, but accessing it requires several components.  In order to receive transmissions, a Raspberry Pi, satellite dish, LNB (Low Noise Block), and USB satellite tuner are needed.  The satellite dish must be positioned to connect to the Galaxy 19 or Hotbird (13 East) space satellites in order to receive content.  Content is delivered to the Raspberry Pi, utilizing a USB satellite tuner.  The data received is stored on the Raspberry Pi, which can then be accessed when a via a Wi-Fi dongle connected to the Raspberry Pi.  Currently, this method only works with specific components when dealing with the USB satellite tuner and USB Wi-Fi dongles.  A mobile receiver is currently in development, as long as the Pillar, self contained data receiver.

The Outernet plans to allow two-way communication in the future, but currently is strictly a one way system.  Users are currently limited to 200 MB of bandwidth per day.  For more information and availability, please visit the Outernet Official Website:

How to build your own Outernet receiver:

Where to buy equipment (receiver for Free-to-Air Television included):

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Research on Evading Internet Censorship

Hey everyone; welcome to ghorr!  Today, I would like to share this article on security, which specifically deals with getting around internet censorship.  Definitely an interesting read!

Abstract: The greatest danger to free speech on the Internet today is filtering of traffic using protocol fingerprinting. Protocols such as SSL, Tor, BitTorrent, and VPNs are being summarily blocked, regardless of their legal and ethical uses. Fortunately, it is possible to bypass this filtering by reencoding traffic into a form which cannot be correctly fingerprinted by the filtering hardware. I will be presenting a tool called Dust which provides an engine for reencoding traffic into a variety of forms. By developing a good model of how filtering hardware differentiates traffic into different protocols, a profile can be created which allows Dust to reencode arbitrary traffic to bypass the filters.

Dust is different than other approaches because it is not simply another obfuscated protocol. It is an engine which can encode traffic according to the given specifications. As the filters change their algorithms for protocol detection, rather than developing a new protocol, Dust can just be reconfigured to use different parameters. In fact, Dust can be automatically reconfigured using examples of what traffic is blocked and what traffic gets through. Using machine learning a new profile is created which will reencode traffic so that it resembles that which gets through and not that which is blocked. Dust has been created with the goal of defeating real filtering hardware currently deployed for the purpose of censoring free speech on the Internet. In this talk I will discuss how the real filtering hardware work and how to effectively defeat it.

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A Social Network that Knows Everything About You!

Hey everyone and welcome to ghorr!  I just came across this article and would like to share.

Social media fragmentation is a real problem in the modern landscape. Foursquare may let you check in at a restaurant, and your Netflix queue may go to Facebook, but who’s keeping track of the calls you make from your cellphone or Skype number? What service will give a group of interested strangers access to your email? Where can you turn if you just want to let somebody literally watch your ideas form as you type? Well, you might want to consider Prsm. Not that you have to, strictly speaking. You probably have an account already.
Source:  The Verge