updated 06:25 am EDT, Mon June 13, 2011
Peep Wireless tech used in pro-democracy app
Peep Wireless technology has been embedded in a new pro-democracy app, Democri-C for iOS devices. A recent report by the New York Times examines how the US government is supporting "mesh network" technology to help democracy proliferate in the Middle East, in particular. The mesh network created by the Democri-C app, which is virtually impossible for an oppressive regime to shut down or surveil, works by turning every Peep enabled device into a node which then carries information between each devices and the network.
The Peep technology uses a legal cellular network backdoor that accesses one of the communication ports on a device to make the connection directly between other devices running a version of the app. The app will scan a user's Wi-Fi, SMS, Bluetooth, email, CDMA, GSM, Walkie-talkie frequencies and other
interaction routes per the users directives. The more users who create connections, the better the network
A statement issued by Peep also acknowledges Apple, which "provided a unique acceleration of the approval process for this app." Apple has sometimes been criticized for the length of time that it can for apps to be approved, but in this case, it appears that Cupertino was instrumental in getting that app approved quickly and published on the App Store.
The Democri-C group has supported the development of the app, which carries the group's name. While it has given away thousands of copies of the app for free to charity organisations, the small price being charged is to cover costs. Versions of the software for other platforms are currently under development.