I think we all need to be building secure WLANs. (Wireless Local Area Networks) These networks can be connected to the whole internet but also have parts that are only for the local physical community. This is not to exclude people but to protect information that is HYPER local. (such as when the neighborhood pot luck is, when the next local election will be, what your neighbors are talking about, etc.)
Also proxy servers that have copies of LARGE sections of the Internet can be put on these WLANs. This will speed up access to information but can also prevent it from being blocked by evil corporations. Iâ€™ve been formulating a plan B for the Information Apocalypse that will happen if corporations impede and/or completely block parts of the internet. (aka The End of Network Neutrality) We can route around the barriers put up in-front of us. (These barriers may be intentional or unintentional.)
My ideas revolve around peer to peer sharing via personal devices we carry with us as we travel around physically. Imagine your small unobtrusive electronic device has a wireless connection to other devices and knows its own latitude and longitude. Or a device can tell if another one is near it in a different way. (YES a scary big brother application could be built with this tech. If you can hide your physical body you can change the data that describes where you or your device are.) Another devices notices your device is nearby. It says hello and offers to share with you information it obtained from another device and/or another part of the world and Internet. Because there are so many people on the planet word of mouth is still one of the best forms of communication and advertising. This system Iâ€™m describing is just an amplification of this natural mode of info delivery. It could multiply info transport a billion fold.
At first I thought this system might be a lot slower than e-mail is now. Then I realized that this asynchronous transport could be even faster. Possibly much more precise and redundant too. Certainly more diverse. I believe this is possible because of the power of social networks. Ever notice how fast good gossip travels? Like that but digital.
The hardware and software to do this already exists. It isnâ€™t a matter of making it but taking existing resources and discovering new methods. I think it can be made affordable for everyone, too. Then we need to show our friends how to do it. Sadly this idea may not catch on on a large scale until broadband internet access is taken away from us. Hyper global connectivity as we know it now is very addictive.