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What is this and why is it useful?

This is a set of guides about everything pertaining to a splinternet. A splinternet is basically a fully-fledged computer network which is only accessible to a tight-knit group of people who trust each other. This could be your extended family, a club, or a church group for example. Most people will need help setting this up on their computer, unless they're familiar with linux.

This system of networking is useful for many reasons. Security will be improved, since you and your peers traffic will be on a vpn. It will be very hard to shutdown such a self contained system from the outside. It will not have to rely on external DNS.

More importantly, this system will give us the chance to connect back to reality by interacting with the people we know, not nebulous randos. The difference between using this system and the clearnet is not having to worry about anonymity, getting doxxed, or any other cyber threats.

These networks will also be a foothold to build alternative tech that is walled off from outsiders such as private search engines, market places and any other mission critical infrastructure you need to rely on. Instead of trusting top-down mainstream information supply chains this network model will keep us informed and connected at the local level.

Finally, a splinternet will provide private networking in a future where Internet access is tied to a digital identity (like a cryptographic wallet).

Joining a Splinternet

This will be a set of guides on how to join an existing splinternet. You'll learn how to setup wireguard, trust a custom certificate authority on your system, and set up accounts and services like e-mail, xmpp, and your own website. Click here to begin.

Please note that these joining guides will have generalized configurations. Your admin should give you the actual details for joining, such as ip address, web socket port and other technicalities.

Hosting a Splinternet

This will be a more in depth set of guides on hosting a splinternet yourself. It will cover managing wireguard, firewalls, dnsmasq, certificate signing and much more.

You will also learn the configuration information needed to get someone connected to your splinternet. Click here to begin.