Internet Access Disaster Preparedness
I am pleased to announce a new project being launched by CO ISOC! We are calling it “Internet Access Disaster Preparedness” for now, but we might come up with something more clever like “Alternative Access,” “InternetDR” or something even cooler eventually.
Whether it’s gathering and distributing commodity hardware, providing instructional information, setting up proxies, VPNs and other services, or finding other ways to help; we should constantly seek out opportunities to help spread open Internet access through our region, our country and our world.
In light of recent events in the Middle-east and Africa, we need to evaluate what our local community could do in response to a disruption of our access to the Internet. This disruption could be due to a natural disaster, a foreign or domestic attack of some sort, or perhaps even government intervention. We need to ask both ‘what will work’ and ‘how do we do it’.
Our evaluation of the options should result in an actionable plan which we can set in motion here, in our area, and then spread through other ISOC chapters to the rest of the world.
Our ultimate goal is to support access, openness, privacy and the end-to-end principle under all conditions.
We have set up a page on our wiki with some initial information and places to start: http://wiki.coisoc.org/index.php/AlterNetIve.
We need one or two folks to lead this project and several more to join the team and get started soon. If you are interested in this project or have any questions about it, please let us know!