A Columbia law professor is developing an alternate internet based around low-power plug servers that fit in the palm of a hand.

Columbia law professor and free-software advocate Eben Moglen is organizing development of an alternate, decentralized internet built on what he calls the “Freedom Box.”

“Cheap, small, low-power plug servers […] A small device the size of a cellphone charger, running on a low-power chip. You plug it into the wall and forget about it.”

However inspired by social media’s role in the Egyptian uprising, Moglen cautions that its success was partly due the Egyptian state’s tardiness in shutting of the Internet. For Moglen, the social networks are

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