Whether it involves magnet links, Swedish domain names or founders fleeing to other countries, the digital buccaneers over at the Pirate Bay have never been one to back away from a fight with authorities. Tensions have been rising after SOPA/PIPA and the MegaUpload take down, and Pirate Bay's operators have been feeling the pressure. As such, they recently unveiled a new plan designed to protect against government seizure: combining cheap radio equipment, low-cost computers and flying drones to create airborne servers.
From the Pirate Bay blog: With the development of GPS controlled drones, far-reaching cheap radio equipment and tiny new computers like the Raspberry Pi, we're going to experiment with sending out some small drones that will float some kilometers up in the air. This way our machines will have to be shut down with aeroplanes in order to shut down the system. A real act of war.
I'm not exactly sure if government fighters shooting down private law-evading server drones counts as an act of war -- it depends on the countries and companies involved, I guess -- but it sure is a novel idea. The Pirate Bay calls the rigged drones "Low Orbit Server Stations" (LOSS) and admit they're still working on the technology, but claim to be able to "get over 100Mbps per node up to 50km away."
Thoughts? Image credit beatty-robotics.com, NOT a picture of a LOSS drone.