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[liberationtech] Did Libya cut off the internet today in Benghazi?

Jacob Appelbaum jacob at appelbaum.net
Wed Dec 14 09:42:59 PST 2011


On 12/13/2011 12:09 PM, Brian Conley wrote:
> Adrian,
> 
> Nice to hear from you, but unfortunately I have to disagree. This would be
> completely likely, however not as a coordinated action by the NTC as a
> whole, primarily because the NTC are not a monolithic body, and their
> actions have been highly nontransparent.
> 
> I have been hoping to connect with you since Jesse Hambley formerly of LiNK
> suggested we talk. I'd also be interested to hear more about your
> interactions with NTC, and whether you might have a list of the entire 48
> names who allegedly selected the new Prime Minister. I've posted this
> report based on a variety of comments from people inside Libya, reporters
> and Libyan citizens.
> 
> If we do locate any evidence I'll let you know, and I'd be happy to discuss
> further off list or schedule a time to talk by phone!
> 
> cheers
> 
> Brian
> 
> On Tue, Dec 13, 2011 at 12:04 PM, Adrian Hong <a at pegasusnk.org> wrote:
> 
>> I spoke with a high-level source in the NTC who argued that this was
>> simply a rumor. I know the leadership well enough to argue that this would
>> be highly unlikely and inconsistent with their behavior and approach. There
>> have been internet outages throughout the country particularly in the past
>> few weeks as systems get rebuilt; it may just be a matter of coincidence.
>>
>> That being said, if there is real evidence, I would be interested in
>> seeing it so I can bring it to their attention.

Hi,

Please consider encouraging the NTC and others that run ISPs in the
region to run at least one public and open looking glass system:
http://lookinglass.org/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Looking_Glass_servers

Examples:
http://www.traceroute.org/
http://lg.above.net/lg.cgi

It's one of many indicators about the status of the network freedom in a
country. It's interesting to note that most of the MENA region is
without public looking glass servers or routers for the public to
inspect. Such a lack of access makes data gathering such as the kind
required to solve this question very difficult from *inside* the country
without special efforts.

I'd be happy to help monitor the networks in Libya if someone with large
scale access would contact me off list.

All the best,
Jacob



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