Fluid Nexus
mobile messaging without the mobile phone network

Launching Fluid Nexus!

We’re pleased to announce the first public release of an entirely re-written Fluid Nexus!

Given recent events in Tunisia, Egypt, the UK, the US, and elsewhere, it was clear that the time for Fluid Nexus has come. We began this project in 2008 with a barely functional version for Nokia Series 60 phones that was developed during a workshop held at the Medialab-Prado in Madrid, Spain. Development lapsed as we found ourselves involved in other projects. We always planned on updating the software for desktop devices and potentially other smartphone platforms.

Development in the mobile space changed our focus. With Nokia’s embrace of the Windows platform for its smartphones (and the inability to release apps with GPL code on the Windows 7 market ) we decided to look again at the Android platform. While we have no love for Google, and the Android platform doesn’t give us as much access to low-level functionality as we’d like, we discovered workarounds for these issues. We completely retooled our message passing algorithm to make it easier to send audio, image, and video attachments. And we developed a cross-platform desktop application that runs on Linux, Windows, and hopefully OS X.

The need for message passing independent of centralized networks has never been more clear. The US State Department is itself funneling money towards accomplishing the same thing. Egyptians employed similar techniques during their state-imposed Internet outage. The UK is considering powers that would allow it to shut down social media websites during times of “unrest”, thereby following in the footsteps of Mubarak. Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) in San Francisco shut down cell phone service in conjunction with a “potential protest” at one of their stations. And finally, our initial goals of not leaving a trace in order to prevent subpoenas is still in place.

We hope that you find Fluid Nexus useful. Source code is available for all platforms as well as this website. Let us know what you think and be sure to e-mail us if you have any questions or problems.

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