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: https://www.arednmesh.org/content/supported-platform-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.
@endomain yep, already on that.
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. https://twitter.com/bammiesulthoe/status/1267432531814744066
@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 https://www.chron.com/news/article/Misinformation-about-the-extent-of-unrest-in-15308628.php
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.
@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?
@RadiantEmber @endomain I've played with Bridgefy.
GoTenna mesh network coverage in many cities looks promising.
@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.
@endomain I have a ham radio license. 😁👍
A bunch of technomancers in the fediverse. Keep it fairly clean please. This arcology is for all who wash up upon it's digital shore.