Electrical Engineering
      and Computer Sciences

Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences

COLLEGE OF ENGINEERING

UC Berkeley

Designing Networks for Large-Scale Blackout Circumvention

Shaddi Hasan

EECS Department
University of California, Berkeley
Technical Report No. UCB/EECS-2013-230
December 19, 2013

http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2013/EECS-2013-230.pdf

Large-scale communications blackouts, such as those carried out by Egypt and Libya in 2011 and Syria in 2012 and 2013, have motivated a series of projects that aim to enable citizens to communicate even in the face of such heavy-handed censorship efforts. A common theme across these proposals has been the use of wireless mesh networks. We argue that such networks are poorly equipped to serve as a meaningful countermeasure against large-scale blackouts due to their intrinsically poor scaling properties. We further argue that projects in this space must consider safety of both users and network operators as a first-order design priority. From these two insights, we frame a definition of dissent networks to capture the essential requirements for blackout circumvention solutions.

Advisor: Eric Brewer


BibTeX citation:

@mastersthesis{Hasan:EECS-2013-230,
    Author = {Hasan, Shaddi},
    Title = {Designing Networks for Large-Scale Blackout Circumvention},
    School = {EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley},
    Year = {2013},
    Month = {Dec},
    URL = {http://www.eecs.berkeley.edu/Pubs/TechRpts/2013/EECS-2013-230.html},
    Number = {UCB/EECS-2013-230},
    Abstract = {Large-scale communications blackouts, such as those carried out by Egypt and Libya in 2011 and Syria in 2012 and 2013, have motivated a series of projects that aim to enable citizens to communicate even in the face of such heavy-handed censorship efforts. A common theme across these proposals has been the use of wireless mesh networks. We argue that such networks are poorly equipped to serve as a meaningful countermeasure against large-scale blackouts due to their intrinsically poor scaling properties. We further argue that projects in this space must consider safety of both users and network operators as a first-order design priority. From these two insights, we frame a definition of dissent networks to capture the essential requirements for blackout circumvention solutions.}
}

EndNote citation:

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%T Designing Networks for Large-Scale Blackout Circumvention
%I EECS Department, University of California, Berkeley
%D 2013
%8 December 19
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%F Hasan:EECS-2013-230