See my earlier posts for more background on my work with Telecomix keeping the Internet running in Egypt and the Middle East. A few quotes:The range of people on the Telecomix IRC – so right now’s there are about 170 people tops on the IRC people; when we were doing things in Egypt there were about 500. The participation varies – it’s what I call an ‘ad-hocracy’. We don’t have membership, we don’t have a formal structure – people just come and go. We have MEPs, we have university professors, grad students … anybody who’s interested in facilitating free speech.
I had several hours of chats with guys on the ground with what they needed. A lot of the time they don’t have the technical knowledge of what they actually need, they just want to be able to communicate without being wiretapped … There’s a real attitude of throwing a lot of stuff against the wall and seeing what works.
I can sit at home in Chicago … and we’re not going to get arrested if we oppose Mubarak or Gaddafi – which is important to bear in mind when you’re in communication with these people on the ground.
In addition to the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival panel mentioned in the article, I gave the keynote address at Open Source Bridge two weeks ago, followed by several break-out sessions on Telecomix, Anonymous and hacking for freedom. A decent write up of the keynote is online; I’ll be posting video & thoughts in the next few days.