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    Volunteers Around the World Build Surveillance-Free Cellular Network Called 'Sopranica'

    https://yro.slashdot.org/story/17/12...lled-sopranica

    Motherboard's Daniel Oberhaus spoke to Denver Gingerich, the programmer behind Sopranica, a DIY, community-oriented cell phone network. "Sopranica is a project intended to replace all aspects of the existing cell phone network with their freedom-respecting equivalents," says Gingerich. "Taking out all the basement firmware on the cellphone, the towers that track your location, the payment methods that track who you are and who owns the number, and replacing it so we can have the same functionality without having to give up all the privacy that we have to give up right now. At a high level, it's about running community networks instead of having companies control the cell towers that we connect to." Motherboard interviews Gingerich and shows you how to use the network to avoid cell surveillance.

    According to Motherboard, all you need to do to join Sopranica is "create a free and anonymous Jabber ID, which is like an email address." Jabber is slang for a secure instant messaging protocol called XMPP that let's you communicate over voice and text from an anonymous phone number. "Next, you need to install a Jabber app on your phone," reports Motherboard. "You'll also need to install a Session Initiation Protocol (SIP) app, which allows your phone to make calls and send texts over the internet instead of the regular cellular network." Lastly, you need to get your phone number, which you can do by navigating to Sopranica's JMP website. (JMP is the code, which was published by Gingerich in January, and "first part of Sopranica.") "These phone numbers are generated by Sopranica's Voice Over IP (VOIP) provider which provides talk and text services over the internet. Click whichever number you want to be your new number on the Sopranica network and enter your Jabber ID. A confirmation code should be sent to your phone and will appear in your Jabber app." As for how JMP protects against surveillance, Gingerich says, "If you're communicating with someone using your JMP number, your cell carrier doesn't actually know what your JMP number is because that's going over data and it's encrypted. So they don't know that that communication is happening."
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    A step in the right direction. What we really need is for somebody to develop a cellphone that can operate like a peer-to-peer network, no cell towers needed. This is not impossible, it just requires the right hardware. The FCC would try to shut it down, of course, but cryptocurrency offers the possibility for rogue funding and development of paradigm-busting technologies. "It is better to ask forgiveness than permission."

    An open-source hardware smartphone would be great, too, so that way you can have some confidence that your Bitcoin app isn't having the wallet private key swiped by some Russian hacker that found an undocumented back-door in your smartphone that lets the NSA peek on your activities.

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