Hello everyone.

There is a non-zero possibility that major US cities are about to get their civilian communications infrastructure turned off or significantly restricted. If this idea scares you too much to contemplate, please move on. I can't think of how to CW this appropriately, so my apologies for your anxiety, but this is important to my social circle, so I'll continue.

If you're worried about COVID-19 but you still want to make a positive impact, you can help to prepare for this eventuality.

The best way I can think to fight against comms being shut down is to use Dual Power Structure thinking: let's make our own network. This is not as unrealistic as it sounds. HAM Radio folks are already doing it. The software is open source, and runs on a massive number of surplus hardware. Check out the AREDEN Compatibility Matrix:

If you work your local network and make a few fast Amazon orders, I bet you'd have several square miles of coverage ready to go in an instant, and ready to backhaul internet to people who need it to protest.

You might say, "But Endomain, I'm not a licensed ham operator!"

I am not telling you what to do, but a lot of folks are breaking a lot of laws just by protesting. Folks are rightfully afraid of COVID-19 and that's fair, but you know what's socially distant? Rooftops of boarded up or looted buildings that are empty but still have electricity. Maybe this is a risk folks, licensed or not, are willing to take to take to keep comms up for protesters.

@endomain I’ll be moving the server up to the cloud shortly. Being in the secondary epicenter of this mess, and a talk with a local Spectrun engineer has made me consider that hosting in house May no longer be a wise move... at least for now.

@thegibson If it's possible, I might try to keep your local network as a fallback. Enforcement is often asymmetric.

@dude @endomain Won't this require finding others to coordinate with?
@dude @endomain Is there a good "getting started" guide for Hamnet once one has a license?
@tk the documentation on is okay. I bought a few ubiqiti devices earlier this year but I still need to troubleshoot the boards because I bought to repair. There's also a number of guides out there for mesh nets that don't require a license. The advantage you gain once licensed is additional spectrum and the ability to greatly increase your power output.

The ARRL published a book on High Speed Multi-Media a few years ago but I don't recommend it. It's audience is people who don't really computer @endomain
@dude @endomain Hopefully this whole mess will encourage more people to turn away from centralized social media.

@dude @endomain From Twitter:

Stop retweeting #dcblackout. None of this is true. Eventually, even Tv crews need to sleep, but ours and many others were out late into the nighth. Their phones worked. Live signal was strong. Many of these tweets are the same wording. Don’t fall for whatever is happening here.

@moonman I suspect a lot of the accounts will just disappear. Looks like bots @tk @endomain
@moonman @dude @endomain They are apparently deleting this garbage at the moment, but the people who saw it are still going to believe what they saw before it was deleted.
@hakui dc is usually enough to deter people from heading into dc, @tk @endomain @moonman
@1iceloops123 if that's all it takes for you to riot your in for some seriously tough times @endomain @hakui @moonman @tk
@1iceloops123 okay, I've had to defer starting school or looking for work because of my parents health. I'm not even remotely tempted to act like an idiot. This is a great time to focus on bettering yourself instead of adding to the negativity. Find something new to learn and focus on that instead. @endomain @hakui @moonman @tk
@1iceloops123 that sentence doesn't make sense, you want to go to work because it still has covid? @endomain @hakui @moonman @tk
@1iceloops123 FFS man, you think you should be able to work as a potential/ likely carrier? That's beyond selfish recklessness. @endomain @hakui @moonman @tk
@1iceloops123 do that then. Get yourself healthy and find a way to be a part of the solution instead of adding to the problems :) @endomain @hakui @moonman @tk

@tk thank you for calling out this misinformation

I was watching streams in DC last night until at least 1 am

here is a news story specifically about the misinfo on twitter about a blackout there

@tk @dude Honestly I feel like this is a big challenge to Mastodon. Could Mastodon knit together this much information this fast?

I'm not so sure. I like mastodon and dislike Twitter but I don't have Minneapolis leftist black Twitter users in my social network. I dunno how Mastodon would have delivered this to me.

@tk digging deeper into the hashtag, it looks really astroturfy. @endomain
@dude @endomain It's really hard to know what's really happening when there's so much information flowing.
@tk no doubt. I'm still in the process of going through what's happened while I was sleeping @endomain
@dude @endomain Hopefully this mess will increase the public's distrust in social media.
@endomain the vast majority of the people protesting and rioting only know how to communicate through sms, phone calls, and proprietary apps unfortunately

@endomain I've heard about the briar app for peer-to-peer communication. Do you know if that sort of thing would be useful in this situation?

@endomain I like this. I'm going to look into what I need to do this. Cheers!

@b4yp it's not very difficult to actually get a ham radio license by the way.

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