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    Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    BBC News - Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Computer hackers plan to take the internet beyond the reach of censors be putting their own communication satellites into orbit. The scheme was outlined at the Chaos Communication Congress in Berlin. The project's organisers said the Hackerspace Global Grid will also involve developing a grid of ground stations to track and communicate with the satellites.

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    He cited the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act (Sopa) in the United States as an example of the kind of threat facing online freedom. If passed, the act would allow for some sites to be blocked on copyright grounds.

    Whereas past space missions have almost all been the preserve of national agencies and large companies, amateur enthusiasts have in recent years sent a few payloads into orbit.

    These devices have mostly been sent up using balloons and are tricky to pinpoint precisely from the ground.

    lol, this is pretty awesome. I don't know if it's truly possible or not, but I wish them all the best. SOPA is bad news.

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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Sounds pretty awesome but I think they are being a bit over ambitious. Im doubtful they could raise enough funds to have a satellite built and put into orbit.

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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    Sounds pretty awesome but I think they are being a bit over ambitious. Im doubtful they could raise enough funds to have a satellite built and put into orbit.
    A guy in NZ (IIRC) built a fully functional cruise missile for $5k, with run of the mill parts (again IIRC).

    Of course, this is a bit more ambitious but not entirely impossible.
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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Harry Guerrilla View Post
    A guy in NZ (IIRC) built a fully functional cruise missile for $5k, with run of the mill parts (again IIRC).

    Of course, this is a bit more ambitious but not entirely impossible.
    And our military pays about $830,000 for each cruise missile that is delivered to them. People bitch about 600 dollar hammers, but this kind of ripoff is totally unamerican.
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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    There's always going to be censorship in some form it depends on far it goes before people feel it's affecting them negatively. Political Correctness can rise to an oppressive form of censoring left unchallenged. A big part of the Flower Power, Peace, Love, Psychedelic Hippy movement of the 60's & 70's was not just against the Vietnam War but the conventional thinking of their parents generation. The War Protests, Civil Rights and Women's Lib all happening at the same time.
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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    I wouldn't under-estimate what the hacker community can do. Many of the members well-educated and well-paid engineering and systems professionals who could well afford to donate their time, talent and $$s to a cause they feel is worthwhile.

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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Frolicking Dinosaurs View Post
    I wouldn't under-estimate what the hacker community can do. Many of the members well-educated and well-paid engineering and systems professionals who could well afford to donate their time, talent and $$s to a cause they feel is worthwhile.
    Especially the hacker Kevin Mitnick aka Eric Weiss, Houdini's real name. The FBI thought he was so dangerous that he could launch an ICBM nuke by whistling in a phone. They had to use a rival hacker to bait and lure Mitnick into cracking his network so they could trace him. Before that he made fools of them peeping into top secret and sensitive government websites at will.
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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Temporal View Post
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    lol, this is pretty awesome. I don't know if it's truly possible or not, but I wish them all the best. SOPA is bad news.
    For the love of God this is very nobel but they are setting themselves up for huge disapointment. #1 they are not going to acquire the funds, much less keep the funds rolling in to maintain an orbiting satellite. #2 of course government isn't going to sit back and let HACKERS interrupt, defy, and bypass official communication systems on this planet, and #3 when is someone going to admit that online piracy really is a huge problem we're facing........this law which i've followed for some time, wants to stop mainly Torrent websites where it's common for MILLIONS of people to download entire albums, movies, software, etc., all stolen.

    what exactly are these hackers fighting to preserve? theft?

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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Would anyone else feel apprehensive about using an ISP provided by a hacker group?

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    Re: Hackers plan space satellites to combat censorship

    Quote Originally Posted by Baralis View Post
    Would anyone else feel apprehensive about using an ISP provided by a hacker group?
    Or the alternative. AT & T, Verizon, and the others on the gov't payroll. Give us the tap, the recording, the link, connection, or whatever we want of we'll give you regulatory trouble. Pirate Act, er I mean Patriot Act. Not to worry baby, just get your very own personalized and adjustable MAC card. Nothin' like eproms.

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