Here’s an idea to gain independence from centralized internet service providers (ISP).
There’s a mobile app that connects smartphones via bluetooth to create a personal peer-to-peer network. The purpose is to connect groups of people in remote areas where there is no cellular coverage or wifi such as outdoor concerts and events in the countryside.
I think it would be possible to extend this idea to a hardware device that would act like a router to connect with other routers to form a decentralized P2P network. For example, I would have one at my home with the ability to connect to my neighbor’s, forming a P2P network from house to house throughout the entire neighborhood and city. These routers would just need to be powerful enough to communicate short distances. They would be on all the time just like regular home network routers. Maidsafe would be completely free of ISP-snooping if it can operate on such a network. This network couldn’t replace ISP’s entirely but just enough to make it difficult to monitor everyone’s activity.
Does anyone know if such hardware exists? My bet is that someone tech-savvy has thought of something like this.