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Description: Manila is using the FireChat app to build a city-wide mesh network.

Source: Wired

Date: October 12, 2015

FireChat

Last fall hundreds of thousands of pro-democracy protesters took to the streets of Hong Kong and encountered a serious logistical issue: Their phones weren’t working. The sheer number of people concentrated in the area crushed the network, crippling their main form of communication. At a time when staying in touch was critical, it became impossible. Read More

Questions for discussion:

1. Do you think this app concept could harm mobile service providers’ profits?

2. Do you think this app and network is a more reliable form of communication than SMS?

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