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John Robinson-3
Sounds neat for populated areas.

“Instead of relying on a central server, it is based on peer-to-peer “mesh networking” and connects to nearby phones using Bluetooth and WiFi, with connectivity increasing as more people use it in an area.”

http://www.independent.co.uk/life-style/gadgets-and-tech/news/what-is-firechat-the-internetfree-messaging-app-thats-sweeping-the-world-9763070.html


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Re: FireChat

Jack Rodgers
Sounds like another feeding ground for scammers...my phone is connected by
wifi to a dozen unknown people...  😱

And if joe decides to do a mass download on your dime?

On Tuesday, September 30, 2014, John Robinson <[hidden email]> wrote:

> Sounds neat for populated areas.
>
> “Instead of relying on a central server, it is based on peer-to-peer “mesh
> networking” and connects to nearby phones using Bluetooth and WiFi, with
> connectivity increasing as more people use it in an area.”
>
>
>

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Re: FireChat

Chris Poterala
On Tue, Sep 30, 2014 at 9:34 PM, Jack Rodgers <[hidden email]> wrote:
> Sounds like another feeding ground for scammers...my phone is connected by
> wifi to a dozen unknown people...  😱
>
> And if joe decides to do a mass download on your dime?
>

It's not designed to provide people with access to the net to do
anything. It's a messaging app that's designed to not rely on cell
networks; to work around network outages/blockages/no network
available.

People in Hong Kong can use it to communicate even if the cell network is down.

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Re: FireChat

John Burt-2

On Oct 1, 2014, at 8:01 AM, Chris Poterala <[hidden email]> wrote:

> People in Hong Kong can use it to communicate even if the cell network is down.

Yup. Read this NPR article on it the other day.

http://www.npr.org/blogs/alltechconsidered/2014/09/29/352476454/how-hong-kong-protesters-are-connecting-without-cell-or-wi-fi-networks

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Re: FireChat

Qazwart
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The whole conversation reminded me when the Internet wasn’t full of “private protocols”.

That’s something that worries me a bit. In the “good ol’ dayz”, everyone on the Internet used a series of public protocols like Email. No one controlled who could and couldn’t use it. People chatted over Usnet which wasn’t even just Internet based. Usenet worked over Bitnet and UUCP too.

I see Twitter and Facebook, and I wonder if it’s possible to recreate these services without requiring a private corporation that centralizes (and filters) all traffic.

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Re: FireChat

Scott Wyant

On Oct 1, 2014, at 9:08 AM, Qazwart <[hidden email]> wrote:

> I see Twitter and Facebook, and I wonder if it’s possible to recreate these services without requiring a private corporation that centralizes (and filters) all traffic.

You might find this (and the links herein) an interesting read.

http://frankchimero.com/blog/refragmentation/


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Re: FireChat

Jack Rodgers
The article says it relies on Bluetooth which will restrict its range but
for an emergency, gathering of terrorists or others, that might work well.

Is there any encryption?

The article seems to focus on those worried about the authorities but
doesn't provide a lot of substance.

Since most phones have wifi and can act as a broadcast station, why not
just use that or do the telcos make that impossible?


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