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World’s First Flying File-Sharing Drones in Action (20/3/2012)

LOL. You've got to love hackers and geeks (who don't like censorship) :

Video :

Electronic Countermeasures @ GLOW Festival NL 2011


"A few days ago The Pirate Bay announced that in future parts of its site could be hosted on GPS controlled drones. To many this may have sounded like a joke, but in fact these pirate drones already exist. Project “Electronic Countermeasures” has built a swarm of five fully operational drones which prove that an “aerial Napster” or an “airborne Pirate Bay” is not as futuristic as it sounds.

In an ever-continuing effort to thwart censorship, The Pirate Bay plans to turn flying drones into mobile hosting locations.

“Everyone knows WHAT TPB is. Now they’re going to have to think about WHERE TPB is,” The Pirate Bay team told TorrentFreak last Sunday, announcing their drone project.

"Liam Young, co-founder of Tomorrow’s Thoughts Today, was amazed to read the announcement, not so much because of the technology, because his group has already built a swarm of file-sharing drones.

“I thought hold on, we are already doing that,” Young told TorrentFreak.

Their starting point for project “Electronic Countermeasures” was to create something akin to an ‘aerial Napster’ or ‘airborne Pirate Bay’, but it became much more than that.


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Although the article is 6

Although the article is 6 months old, it's still relevant and humorous to see the efforts to circumvent governmental regulation. ;) My biggest concern lies with the use of GPS, a system controlled by governmental and commercial entities. Although I encourage the development and implementation of such ideas *, my primary source of communication will be dependent on radio in the near future, specifically digital radio. Governments can only hope that their regulation of the participants is obeyed. ;)

* The variety of applications using quadcopters is enormous. I still would like to see an OPTICAL network based on quadcopters, but one would need LOS links and the ability for the network to remain airborne for at least an hour at a time to be useful. Still, one drawback is that such a network would still be dependent on some governmental positioning system, e.g. GPS.


The future is bright. Patience. Anarchocapitalism is inevitable.

“The welfare of the people in particular has always been the alibi of tyrants.” — Albert Camus

Important tool for activism/protest locations?

When protesters are trying to coordinate in real time
on the ground via twitter and email
during the protests to avoid traps and 'nets' by police actions
to then re-form, swarm and re-group
communication real time becomes vital... sometimes life and death.
It is known now and witnessed that the police simply
shut down cell towers in protest areas and initiate
electronic cloaks over the areas....
my question is:
can these 'drones' bypass the police countermeasures
and allow the 'people' to communicate/tweet/email with each other in a protest area?
or am I hoping for too much?

btw.. thx for posting this.. I was right behind you to post ;)
if this makes it to the front page... here is a good still shot
of the little 'drone'

Scary thought

I agree this would be amazing, although this could be used too make the government drones feel more warm and inviting for the mass's.

Mr. President, it is natural to man to indulge in the illusions of hope. We are apt to shut our eyes against a painful truth, and listen to the song of that siren till she transforms us into beasts.
-Patrick Henry

Ultra cool!

Now we need some techies to find a way to trip up DARPA's robots, especially that cheetah thing! With their brains and creativity, I know they can do it. :-)

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You can't tame man's creativity to break man's chains

You can't tame man's creativity to break man's chains or know more.

Some make drones for surveillance, or to spray, alienate, bomb, shoot, and kill people.

Others make drones just to help information dissemination and its sharing free out there, for when the former will want to lock it up.

Pick your camp.

"Cyril" pronounced "see real". I code stuff.


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