|Founder||Sanjit Biswas, John Bicket, Hans Robertson|
|Headquarters||San Francisco, CA, U.S.|
Todd Nightingale (SVP, GM) Chris Stori (COO)Bret Hull (CTO)
Cisco Meraki is a cloud managed IT company headquartered in San Francisco, California. Their solutions include wireless, switching, security, EMM, communications, and security cameras, all centrally managed from the web. Meraki was acquired by Cisco Systems in December of 2012.
Meraki (muh-rah-kee) is a Greek word that means doing something with passion and soul.
Meraki was founded by two MIT PhD students, Sanjit Biswas and John Bicket, along with Hans Robertson. The company was based in part on the MIT Roofnet project, an experimental 802.11b/g mesh network developed by the Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology.
Meraki was funded by Google and Sequoia Capital. The organization started in Mountain View, California in 2006, and was then located in San Francisco. Meraki employed people who worked on the MIT Roofnet project.
In 2007, Meraki selected San Francisco for their community-based Free the Net campaign. They started putting gateway devices in the Lower Haight neighborhood to provide Internet access and giving away repeaters. In the first year of the project, the growth of the network was primarily in the Mission District. By October 2007, they estimated 20,000 distinct users connected and about 5 terabytes of data transferred in this network. In July 2008, Meraki said 100,000 people in San Francisco used its 'Free the Net' service. Since then, Meraki discontinued this public service, though many access points remain active, but with no connection to the Internet.
Meraki and Student Privacy
School Wifi and your Privacy For those of you who go to public school, private school, any school, and have to use school WiFi, your privacy may be in danger.
When using school wifi you often have to sign a virtual agreement with certain systems like Meraki, Cisco, Cox, and any other internet providers, what you don't know is that signing those agreements allows certain admins to set boundaries for your web browsing. School wifi has the ability to block certain websites having to do with anything that seems provocative or controversial to the admin. School IT admins can also look at your computer screen through their own user interface when signing these agreements, they also have the ability to take timestamped screenshots, access web history, as well as keystrokes. Similar to the kind of cyber security that corporate offices have to make sure that their employees aren't spending down time at work watching internet porn or accessing confidential files that they shouldn't be looking at. Schools can do the exact same thing, they can make certain warning or notices pop up on your computer or tablet screen, telling you to go down to the office or let you know that you are being watched. If hackers can search your web history, and if viruses like spyware can access other people to everything on your hard drive then what is stopping corporate companies from looking into their employees, or IT admins making sure that students aren't looking at something else during class.
Many private schools have the funds to pay for this kind of cyber security, Meraki being the most popular. Cisco Meraki claims to be "the leader in controlled WiFi, routing, and security." Some of you who attend private schools have come across this before, where you try to access a certain website but Meraki blocks it, not only does it block the page but it also keeps record of when and what you were trying to access. https://meraki.cisco.com/products/appliances#models this is a link to the Meraki Security Solutions page, if you click on any of their products you will read this below. "Advanced security services
Content filtering Google SafeSearch and YouTube for Schools
Antivirus and antiphishing filtering Requires Advanced Security License"
As long as your school meet the requirements and has a security license, they have the ability to filter your content, control what you search, and with some setups you can access web history. (more content coming soon)
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