Lantern, An Anonymous Portable Library Needs Your Support

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Outernet's Lantern wants to be your anonymous portable library to info and content.

If free, worldwide Wi-Fi access sounds like something awesome to have then keep reading. Global broadcast startup, Outernet is hoping to pave the way and make that very notion a possibility.

A large amount of the planet’s population—an estimated five billion people, in fact—do not have access to the Internet. And for those who do have access the information that they seek may be subject to censorship by their government. Fortunately, Outernet aims to bring content to people who otherwise might not be able to access it.

Just to be clear, Outernet is not the same thing as the Internet. It is a bridge that pulls data from sources such as Wikipedia, trending tweets or weather maps, saves it offline and then beams it to a geostationary satellite where users can then retrieve with a receiver.

The receiver piece is important. Outernet’s goal is to provide free, simple access. One option is to use Outernet’s Lantern. Lantern is a solar-powered device that acts like a short-wave radio. It brings the data stream to you so that you can grab it with any Wi-Fi enabled device. They also are able to assist with instructions on how to build a DIY-receiver if anyone needs it.

Currently, Outernet is asking people to help them test out connections and allowing interested users to put their names on a waitlist to possibly receive a free device.

To learn more about Outernet, how it works or even how to support them, please visit their website and check out their blog for updates too.

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Sarah Hartshorn is a marketing, public relations and social media professional with Vuze. She blogs about content, torrents, social media and a number of other tech topics. Sarah has been involved with traditional and digital marketing since 1998.