A Call to Action

Come build a community owned mesh network in Toronto!

What is a mesh network?

A mesh network is a distributed network architecture where the users themselves own a part of the infrastructure. There are a number of competing mesh networking protocols in existence, in my opinion, the best one around is cjdns.

This protocol is already being used by a number of other community driven initiatives around the world:

  1. Seattle Meshnet
  2. NYC Meshnet
  3. Santa Cruz Meshnet
  4. Berlin Meshnet

I'm personally in touch with most of these developers on a daily basis, including the core developer of the protocol, cjd (Caleb James Delisle). It's currently considered to be in its alpha phase, so ideally you should have some sort of experience with linux and open source software. It's fine if you are not, but you should be prepared to learn. If you don't consider yourself too much of a techie, you can still do a lot to help, so don't count yourself out just yet!

This video was produced some time ago, so parts of it may be out of date, but it will give you a good idea of what to expect.

Introduction to the MeshNet from Nicholas Ferrar on Vimeo.

What is a meshlocal?

A 'meshlocal' is a mesh network situated in a particular geographic locale, focused on providing a community-centric alternative (or complement) to the internet. If you live in Toronto and are interested in working on a cjdns-based mesh network in the city, get in touch.

If you've ever needed an excuse to learn about Linux, programming, web development, or hardware hacking, this is it!