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Back in 2017, NYC community activists teamed up with @motherboard to start an open mesh wireless network, called @nycmesh.

And because providing communications infrastructure is a radical act, NYC Mesh is a radical political group.…

Their latest activist move: bulk-archiving the freely available NYC traffic-cam footage streaming online and using it as evidence of police brutality against #BlackLivesMatter protesters.…

NYC Mesh volunteer Aakash Patel explains, "The NYC Mesh colocation facility allows us to plug a server directly into the backbone with low latency and high bandwidth. This allows the tool to pull over 200 GB of footage per day and make it available."…

It appears that the NYC DOT is now throttling the tool, and they have not responded to Patel's requests for collaboration.

The project is seeking technical volunteers to help manage the video they can get.

They have an open call for sysadmins, UI designers, and ML specialists to help improve the tool, and they're actively seeking connections in the NYC DOT and with activists in other cities to expand the tool's reach.

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