Publication Date

Spring 2023

Degree Type

Master's Project

Degree Name

Master of Science (MS)


Computer Science

First Advisor

Ben Reed

Second Advisor

Navrati Saxena

Third Advisor

Bhushan Sonawane


internet connectivity, digital divide


Over 62% of the world is connected to the internet with more than 6.9 billion smartphone users. The omnipresence of technology in the form of the internet and smartphones have led to constant research in improving communication throughout the world. But even today, 37% (2.9 billion people) are not connected to the internet even though most of the people in such areas have smartphones. To solve this problem of access to internet services in disconnected areas, a software-only mobile-first approach has been proposed for disconnected data distribution infrastructure which can support different internet applications in limited connectivity. A prototype application based on Signal Messenger has been created to allow users to send and receive internet messages without the need for internet connectivity. This solution can help bridge the digital divide, improving access to critical communication services in disconnected areas.