It's State Department-sponsored, but it's also spy-proof. It's used in emergency situations, from earthquakes to censorship. This could be the tech to connect us all, one device at a time.
Across the planet, new technologies and business models are decentralizing power and placing it in the hands of communities and individuals. "We are seeing technology-driven networks replacing bureacratically-driven hierarchies," says VC and futurist Fred Wilson, speaking on what to expect in the next ten years. View the entire 25-minute video below (it's worth it!) and then check out the 21 innovations below.
Miguel Freitas has built a more secure and robust alternative to Twitter, making use of code from two other massively successful online projects: bitcoin and BitTorrent.
3D printing isn’t just for tiny trinkets. The 3D printed house will be printed on a 20-foot-tall printer and open to the public.
"We want to replace YouTube, Dropbox, Facebook, Spotify, ISPs, and more with decentralised apps based on proof of bandwidth."
The internet is weak, yet we keep ignoring that fact. Which is why I believe it’s time to reconsider the potential of mesh networking, and make mesh networks a reality.
An organisation with a mission to make everything decentralized again
Sudo Mesh brings volunteers together to bridge the "digital divide"
Community wireless mesh networks are gaining popularity because they are cheap to build and under the users’ control.
An new app from Open Garden allows Wi-Fi network owners to share their password with the startup’s shared bandwidth community.
In the early days of BitTorrent using the application slowed your Internet down so much that most users resorted to only downloading at night. All of...
Coinbase, the Valley darling focused on making it easier to buy, sell, and store Bitcoin, has made it far easier to buy and sell BTC - if you give up just a smidge of privacy.
The San Francisco startup fills orders with products from a mix of stores
VideoAshoka UK Communications Manager Felicity McLean (@flickmclean) caught up with two leading social entrepreneurs to chat about technology, innovation and how to support local economies.
When a deadly tornado recently ripped through Moore, Okla., an entire community was essentially wiped out. The people of Moore emerged from their storm shelters, finding their homes destroyed and their belongings scattered tens of miles away.
Here's some encouraging news for the European startup scene, and London in particular.
OpenSignal, the UK startup that has made a name for itself with its Android and iOS apps that crowdsource cell phone coverage based on data picked up from users' devices, is branching out into another area that consumers love to obsess about: the...
In Kreuzberg, Berlin, virtual currency Bitcoin has expanded off the internet to become a favoured medium of exchange in real shops and bars.
We have analyzed and compiled the latest data and can now present a close look at broadband prices for 161 countries across the world.
Open Garden leverages crowdsourcing to create seamless connectivity across 3G, 4G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth. It enables users to create their own ad-hoc mesh netw...
How do you connect people who have no Internet? How do you build a wireless network outside of the official wireless ISPs?
Watch this video on CNET TV: How and why we're going to build unbreakable, unjammable smartphone networks.
Five years ago, the iPhone revolutionized the mobile business and kicked off a seismic shift in the technology industry that continues today. But the massive success of Apple's phone has overshadowed...
Carriers continue to petition lawmakers to loosen regulations and alleviate spectrum shortage constraints, but a new app may do a more effective job easing the problem.
Internet access is limited by service providers, who act as gatekeepers to the treasures of connectivity. But could crowdsourcing connectivity be the answer to the problem for mobile users?
Demo of Open Garden beta in action Installation process and user experience...
The State Department and other agencies are spending millions around the world to finance local systems, called mesh networks, as more secure alternatives to the Internet.
The theoretical peer-to-peer network project Bitcloud has recently captured media attention. A Scottish company, MaidSafe, claims that it has already built a system that does what Bitcloud is proposing
Dear City 3.0 is a digital suggestion box for cities all over the world. In just a few weeks citizens from 350 locales have taken part in a...
European startup relayr, founded in January last year and currently based at the StartupBootcamp accelerator, has kicked off a crowdfunding campaign for a..
I'm back in the states this morning and up early (jet lag). The main purpose of my trip was to give a talk at LeWeb, which I did yesterday morning. Loic asked me to talk about the next ten years...
A new company wants to build the equivalent of domain names and the DNS system for the internet of things. It fills a need, but is it the right approach?
"An indestructible wireless broadband network that everyone can use," is how Devabhaktuni Srikrishna describes the concept of SocialMesh network. Although the original intent was to aid dissidents ...
In response to fears about diminished privacy, some programmers want to make the Internet more like it used to be.
This is our very first Tech Garden interview! We are pleased to present Andreas Antonopolous and his expertise in many peer-to-peer technologies including Bi...
We’re surrounded by broadband connections wherever we go, but we’re not allowed to access them. What if we could connect to every network we encounter? At Mobilize 2013 we’re advocating for a broadband commons.
To really reinvent the way we work, startups need to go beyond the beer fridge.
Ready for your pop-up? This San Francisco-based start-up could make your physical retail dreams come true.
Africa's first Bitcoin transfer service has launched in Kenya, piggybacking on M-Pesa, the country's highly successful mobile banking platform
A group of French researchers believe that the sensors and transmitters we wear will route and relay data, not just collect it. We won’t just be connected to the network. We’ll be the network.
As the sharing economy concept has emerged, fans have lauded the utilitarian nature of maximizing ownership of a good by splitting its use amongst several people.
An innovative website allows people in the Coachella Valley and the Imperial Valley to report environmental hazards, channel their complaints to government agencies and track actions taken in response using online maps that flag each report with a colored dot.
At an intimate dinner party, Maria Bartiromo gives a "Seat at the Table" to the rising stars of collaborative consumption.
Open Garden is now supporting multi-hop mesh networking in its app. That means your devices won’t just share connectivity with each other but with your neighbors’ devices and with their neighbors’ devices as well.
Open Garden needs scale, TextMe needs a means for its customers to reach the Internet. These two might just be a match made in heaven.
You can be a customer of its collective network without owning a hotspot; you just latch on to signals at its Wi-Fi locations...
This article arises from Future Tense, a joint effort of Arizona State University, the New America Foundation, and Slate that looks at emerging technologies and their implications for policy and for society.
Few industries change at the pace mobile does. Whether it's the iPhone 5, the importance of LTE, or BYOD trends disrupting the enterprise, there are always new technologies, trends, and companies changing the way we define mobile.
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Two entrepreneurs think it's time for smartphones to start cooperating with each other by sharing network connections. Read this blog post by Rafe Needleman on Reporters' Roundtable Podcast.
Open Garden was definitely one of the most interesting and ambitious startups to launch at TechCrunch Disrupt in New York last month.
An app called Open Garden lets users share wireless bandwidth, and could reduce network congestion—if carriers don't revolt.
What if you couldn't just share your Internet connection with the few WiFi devices tethered to your phone or hotspot, but with pretty much everybody around you?
The rise of smartphones is bringing about massive changes in the mobile industry, according to data collected by researchers. Data revenues are moving on up and data usage is zooming at a time when voice and messaging sales have stalled for carriers.
Facebook will buy drone maker Titan Aerospace for about $60 million, a source familiar with the situation told CNBC on Tuesday.
Commotion Wireless has just released v1 of their custom OpenWRT-based firmware for mesh networking.
Ethereum is a next-generation cryptocurrency platform that allows you to create any kind of smart contract or decentralized application that you can imagine.
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Yahoo Chairman Maynard Webb discusses his top five tech stories of 2013 with Emily Chang on Bloomberg Television’s “Bloomberg West" (Source: Bloomberg).
Relief agencies have tapped online volunteers to map damage in stricken areas of the Philippines
All of those unused frequencies that linger between TV channels, called white spaces, are ripe for the taking, and starting today network builders and device makers can start using them, with a little help from Google.
Silicon Valley intrigue at its best made the discovery of Google's floating barge construction off Treasure Island one of last week's hot news items. On Wednes…
Braintree joins Stripe in tailoring its payments platform specifically for the new community commerce apps populating the web and mobile phones. TaskRabbit will be the first to use it.
The architecture of our mobile networks is going to have to change to keep up with more people and devices, and crowdfunded options like the Serval Project and BRCK may show us a path forward.
Online collaboration works, but it's best transferred into the physical world with the addition of some quiet-time processing by one or two brilliant individuals, writes Lazar Dzamic
Crowdsourcing invention isn't new - but what about taking patents and finding new uses for them? The BBC's Fiona Graham speaks to the people finding problems for existing solutions
Beginner’s Guide to Wireless Mesh Networking http://t.co/eYq59XrTod via @opengarden
The Internet has managed to disrupt many industries, from publishing to music. So why not lending?
DARPA looking for technology that lets 5,000 wireless nodes connect quickly, securely
Open Garden, a San Francisco-based mobile and desktop app developer with the lofty goal of making Internet access ubiquitous everywhere, on every device, launched in May last year at ...
On future highways, cars could travel in wirelessly connected caravans.
Long-term evolution (LTE) was becoming the fastest developing system in the history of mobile communications, with estimations that it would cover 50% of the world’s population by 2018.
Open Garden —Mobile overlay mesh network for Internet accessGrow your own InternetStanislav ShalunovSeptember 22, 2012Making More of MobileCambridge Computer...
Wireless Internet is transforming every single part of our society. Smartphones, tablets, computers, e-books, machines, appliances - all rely on the abundant availability of wireless connectivity....
Don't miss Wired editor Chris Anderson, geek-thriller author Daniel Suarez, and experts in emerging mesh technologies on these upcoming shows. Read this blog post by Rafe Needleman on Reporters' Roundtable Podcast.
This is huge.Open Garden is a new mobile and desktop app which allows users to seamlessly share their Internet…...
By Boris Bogatin (This is a byline that’s been held over for nearly one and a half years, and what’s really surprising is that it’s become only more relevant since then. I urge th...
Spectrum is the new oil. Or, so it would appear given all the backbiting that's overtaken the wireless industry as of late.
Your 802.11n wireless network and devices are about to become passA(c).