Could the Hackerspace Global Grid use private satellites to bypass government censorship?

A group of hacker activists are said to be working on ambitious plans to launch their own satellites into space, with the aim of developing a global grid – dubbed the Hackerspace Global Grid – that would allow them to bypass government censorship.

The plan, which was outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin, is said to be a direct response to the threat posed by the US SOPA legislation. SOPA effectively allows any site to be taken down if it’s accused of hosting copyright-infringing material or, crucially, linking to such material.

The hacker satellite program faces a number of problems, however. Obviously there’s the issue of funding, but there’s also the question of whether various governments would simply sit back while such a grid took shape. It would be relatively easy to disrupt such a grid, and since there is no real jurisdiction in space, there would be no formal restraints to prevent governments taking action against the system.


About Michael R. Gideon

Writer, teacher, dog walker, guitarist, husband, father, reader, journalist etc. I mainly write at 100gf | Politics and Computers, but occasionally at other sites such as TV Vomit and Indie Bookspot. My Google Plus profile.


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