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Feb 21: Launched "Snow Crash" release candidate v.0.1.0 - now deploying the first batch of experimental nodes!
Read about our progress on our Blog or peruse our meeting minutes.

We are an all-volunteer organization building the People's Open Network, a community-owned and operated non-profit internet infrastructure in Oakland.

A mesh network is a network that allows the participants to freely share internet connectivity and build their own community-owned communications. It consists of routers running software that allow them to communicate with other routers around them. People who join the network enable others to be on the network and support net neutrality. Community wireless mesh networks are growing around the world as alternatives to the existing system, creating local 'internets' rather than being dependent on the infrastructure developed by large Internet Service Providers and companies that mine and sell your personal information.

The software we've created is open source and we're using it to develop free internet for Oakland and the surrounding areas. Our mission in building the network is to connect our neighbors, support local businesses, and enable community collaboration and cultural production. In the event of disaster or censorship, a mesh network can be a resilient means of communication and sharing of information.


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Join Us

  • Join the email list
  • Follow us on twitter and like us on facebook.
  • Learn more at our general meetings, which are the last Tuesdays of every month at sudo room. We have focus groups and we collaborate on different parts of the project - from design to software development, documentation to community outreach and of course, community outreach and climbing rooftops to mount nodes!
  • We have weekly meetings on Tuesdays and weekly hacknights' on Thursdays, 7:30-11:00pm at sudo room, but do not expect us to spend time introducing you to the project or getting you up to speed at these events. If you are not feel ready to jump right in and start contributing, please show up for our general meetings (mentioned above) where we specifically take time to intro new volunteers and answer questions :D
  • Chat with us on IRC: #peoplesopen.net
  • We generally collaborate on meeting notes at each meeting. Look at our archive of past meeting minutes!

How to Help

We need more people on the network to improve the quality of the service. When you setup a node, you improve the service for everybody on the network and give more access to your community. We encourage participants to ask their communities to join their networks and create distributed services for them. We have a user guide to help you get on the network!

  • Check out our action items
  • Support us with a small weekly donation on gittip, here's how we spend it.
  • Send bitcoins to our wallet address: 12RxU4DpLpdWcmEBn7Tj325CCXBwt5i9Hc
  • Check out our wishlist, we have requests!
  • Come to our meetings in Oakland! (listed above)
  • Improve our documentation
  • Talk to your community about joining the mesh

Developers

We need hardware and software engineers to help us with our code. We have an overview of technical documentation that will be helpful in understanding the network.

If you want to immediately help, check out our code! We're focused on these areas:

Designers

We need artists and designers to make things look nice! We have design schemes we already use, but we're always looking to improve it. We need to improve our presentation content and diagrams too! We've been focused on these areas:

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

  • Challenges - What sort of challenges and problems do we face?
  • Decisions - What decisions have we made, and why?
  • Funding - How the heck do we fund this thing?
  • Legal - How do we use exit nodes, relays and legal structures to protect node owners and ourselves?
  • Hosting - How are we hosting and what does it cost?
  • Backup - How do we handle backups?
  • Server security - How do we ensure server security?

Logistics

  • Checkouts - Who took what gear home.
  • Donations - What's been donated to the group.
  • Inventory - Continually-updated inventory of our hardware and gear.
  • Marketing - Inspiration and links to marketing materials in progress.
  • Naming - What do we call ourselves? A lineage of bikeshedding.
  • Purchases - Details on our purchases, made by either individuals or through our crowdfunded money.
  • Taxes - Filed taxes for the sudo mesh non-profit

Research

We need help improving our documentation about the area and other legalities.

  • Legal - we are becoming a 501(c)3 and there are other legalities of wireless networks
  • Interviews - we interviewed other experienced meshers
  • Other documentation - books, articles, wikis, blog posts.
  • Oakland - information and resources pertaining to Oakland community organizations, wireless initiatives, policy and research initiatives
  • Municipal projects - examples of progressive uses of municipal networks.
  • Decentralized FM/AM radio - Bit of research on adding legal FM/AM transmitters to nodes.

Other Firmware and Networks

There are other meshes around the world that have inspired us to make our own network! They use software from these projects:

  • Mesh/Freifunk (germany) - the creators of batman-adv (routing protocol we use) and one of the longest-running mesh networks in the world.
  • Mesh/Commotion - a very well-documented project from the Open Technology Institute creating a simple-to-deploy mesh firmware and setup for small community meshes around the world.
  • Mesh/San Francisco Mesh projects in San Francisco

Web Resources

All Sudo Mesh Wiki Pages

Quick Links (see below for more details)
Documentation Technical Outreach Operations Help External Links
Blog Tracking Website Minutes FAQ peoplesopen.net
Oakland Walkthrough Meetings Legal How to Help sudo mesh map
Interviews Firmware Stickers Hosting To-Do's code on github
Other meshes MeshApps Presentations Backup Wishlist meshthepla.net!
Documentation Network topology Swag Server security
Specs Ascii Art Naming
Frequencies Communities Marketing
Software tools Press Purchases
Terms Design Inventory
Power Donations
Monitoring Decisions
Freifunk Challenges
Commotion Checkouts
Diagrams Funding


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