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How can you search for wireless devices near you to interact with, without other infrastructure present? The Irdest project allows devices such as laptops and smartphones to create wireless mesh networks over Bluetooth and direct WiFi connections, rather than relying on internet access via mobile networks, and traditional internet service providers. It decentralises the routing and peering mechanisms used to connect people together, to allow users to have more control over their digital lives. In addition to this, direct circuits in a Irdest network are end-to-end encrypted, meaning that data privacy is built into the protocol at a fundamental level.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Discovery Fund, a fund established by NLnet with financial support from the European Commission's Next Generation Internet programme, under the aegis of DG Communications Networks, Content and Technology under grant agreement No 825322.

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