Monthly Archive for November, 2012

Project Byzantium is an Access Innovation Prize finalist!

Earlier this year, Project Byzantium submitted an entry for the 2012 Access Innovation Prize, an initiative to award five $20,000us grants to accelerate projects working in several problem spaces. These problem spaces are defined as making networks resilient to blackouts (including power and connectivity disruptions), making strong crypto easy to use by everyone, a bounty on a working fix for a vulnerability that affects software used by activists and/or defenders of human rights, a system for making Facebook an easier to use platform for the social good, and the Golden Jellybean Award for advancing communication technologies to promote and enable human rights.  Project Byzantium’s application was for the Blackout Resilience category.  We were recently notified that we are a finalist in this category, and have been invited to New York to attend the awards ceremony on 10 December 2012.  We are honored to have been selected as finalists, and will be in attendence.

Project Byzantium asked to assist in relief efforts.

Early last week, the Project Byzantium development team was contacted by the organizers of relief efforts in the Red Hook neighborhood of Brooklyn, New York.  We were asked to assist in the construction of a wireless mesh network to aid in relief efforts.  Toward that end, we spent the week assembling an even tinier version of Byzantium Linux which requires almost no user interaction (only to boot the machine) and full compatibility with the Commotion Wireless firmware.  If you would like to preview this functionality you can download the .xzm modules from here, insert them into a copy of Porteus Linux v1.2, and test it for yourself.

During our time in Red Hook we assisted in the installation of a 15 megabit satellite uplink to the global Net and helped grow a burgeoning community wireless network to help provide telecommunications necessary for ongoing relief efforts.

Ben the Pyrate wrote a brief summary of our time in New York City.  The Doctor posted his own writeup a short time later, followed by some photographs he’d taken while on site.