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Theme fund: NGI Zero Core
Start: 2024-04
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MEGA65 Phone Modular MVP

OSHW mobile device with form-factor of hand-held game consoles

The previous MEGAphone project laid the groundwork for creating personal communications devices that are secure through simplicity. This project extends that work by making the hardware modular, at some cost of minimum size, so that it becomes much more feasible for small communities to produce and maintain their own units, even in the face of supply chain challenges and other contributors to the "digital winter", i.e., the situation where open innovation becomes more difficult due to number of factors. This will also make it easier to include diverse resilient communications options, whether RF, optical or acoustic, so that peer-to-peer communications networks can be sustained even in environments that are hostile to freedom of communications. For this reason energy sovereignty will also be part of the design, so that even if all civil infrastructure is denied, that basic communications and computing functions can be sustained, with a single device whose security can be much more easily reasoned about.

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This project was funded through the NGI0 Core 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 101092990.