In the Meme Plague, Winter, Aiden, and Lina reveal they’re building their own network, aka the MemeNet, to get around the strictly controlled and monitored corporate internet. The whole gang distributes DIY nodes for the MemeNet across their city, and the idea spreads way beyond Hamilton. And that’s as much as we say about that here. Spoilers!
This idea, however, is hardly science fiction. IRL, this is called an ad hoc wi-fi or mesh networking. People have used it in countries where the government controls (and shuts off) internet access, either during periods of unrest or just because it can. For instance, during the Arab Spring, people used wi-fi to connect their computers in order to communicate. And, in some countries where access to the internet may not exist, people have built their own internet out of trash.
In fact, FabFi, an open source system developed in association with MIT, is being deployed in Afghanistan and Kenya. Here’s some more information on that project:
- US Underwrites Internet Detour around Censors
- Afghans Build Open Source Internet from Trash
- Afghanistan’s Amazing DIY Internet