In face of growing threats to world wide internet neutrality through censoring, throttling and monitoring we've witnessed several countries shutting down democratic and legitimate movements taking place through the internet. Although in some cases a wacko dictator shut the plug and make it clear to the world what happened, most of the censoring goes uncluttered and unnoticed.
This is a creeping normalcy, and the best way to fight back is by acknowledging and spreading the word about these threats. Due to the very nature of the Internet, it is a very difficult task to develop a global monitoring facility, but with some creativity, Umit Project is developing the OpenMonitor, a distributed system that will allow for monitoring world wide internet connectivity and give real time status for such threats online and help people gain awareness of the situation, using only open source and crowd based solutions to leverage the development, graphical design for the website and data for the project.
Founder of the Umit Project Open Source Organization and dedicated husband and daddy, Adriano still finds time to cook new dishes, solve jigsaw puzzles, watch movies, work as a volunteer and read (or listen to) books while he's not sleeping or working.
Adriano graduated from the State University of Goias, in Brazil, where he earned a Bachelor degree, while traveling about 55,900 miles (more than earth's equatorial circumference). In his quest to travel more than Gerard Moss (the first South American to fly around the world), Adriano graduated, got married, and traveled with his wife to live in Brussels and work for Belgacom, where he learned a bit of French and to love that country.