Occupy the Internet: Protests Give Rise to DIY Data Networks


“There is a material reality to the internet,” explains Isaac Wilder, 21, on Motherboard TV’s new 30-minute documentary Free the Network. “Most people look at the internet as magic; you click a button and something happens and you get the information.

“They don’t care to acknowledge the actual physical infrastructure that’s moving that data. It’s fiber optic cables in the ground which are owned by corporations.”

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That, in short, is what Wilder’s Free Network Foundation is trying to get around. In the fall, he was the man behind providing Occupy Wall Street protesters with Internet access. His Freedom Towers — consisting of a modem, router and radio — let protesters in Los Angeles, Austin and New York communicate with each other without fear of government surveillance.

Regardless of what you think of Occupy Wall Street‘s politics, the reality…

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