I’ve popped into noisebridge a few times over the past few years and stopped by for the last weekly meeting and was told to post here as I’m looking for interesting projects that fit into one or more of a few subjects I’m pursuing.
I’d categorize myself as only mid-level at best in these subjects, I’m trying to fill out my skills as I’ve specialized more towards specifically programming/apis and web architecture in my career, but I’m eager to tech up and have time to spare.
- Networking (bridges, relays, subnets, openvpn vs socks vs ipsec) - probably not til next space since all the networking is getting torn down imminently but sounds like there will be lots to do in this regard once we’re getting set up again
- Linux security (iptables, live distributions vs qubes vs virtualization vs hardware isolation, categorizing threat models) - I’ve heard from a few people about the arcade cabinets, are people still congregating on fridays to poke at it?
- Live USB systems (tails, custom debian builds) - Would be really interesting to dig through exactly how tails is set up and why they made the various decisions they did, what alternatives there might be, etc. Interested in general strategies and tools around computing without persisting to the local machine.
- SBC networking devices (rasperry pi as a server/gateway, ddwrt, portable devices and mobile modems, minimizing cost) - maybe a get together sometime to trade notes about promising low cost single board computers as it’s rather tedious to do endless searches trying to find the cheapest combination of A, B, and C.
- Cryptography (strengths/weaknesses of different approaches, maybe digging into the math behind it, general high level strategies to designing complex encrypted systems, analysis of encrypted systems [eg protonmail’s system where the password is never sent to the server]) - Spoke to kinnard about the cryptoforest stuff which looks great so far
- Privacy/Anonymity/Decentralization (technical or non-technical, tor, syncthing, ipfs, dat)
Some projects I hope to take a stab at soon:
- single board computers as decentralized nodes at home (maybe at noisebridge too? I’m guessing there’s already a lot of that set up there) both as networking practice and to donate some bandwidth to the services
- hackable mobile hotspot that takes in a sim card and broadcasts wifi that gets encrypted through tor and/or vpn(s) before/after the tor connection and has a web interface, perhaps along with nice physical switches (hopefully less than $100 each but not sure if that’s possible… could almost do it with a cheapo burner android…)
- “dumbphone” - cheap smartphone that has apps preinstalled on it, all of its radio interfaces (aside from in the visible spectrum) physically severed, along with the data pins of the usb, and is sealed with epoxy to prevent tampering to make a basically hack-proof personal device. Possibility of transferring small amounts of data like text docs via “QR-code video” between phones
I guess post a reply if you’re interested in any of these topics or projects and would like to brainstorm about something to meet/collab about!