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[liberationtech] Kazakhstan

Katy Pearce ucsb kpearce at umail.ucsb.edu
Sun Dec 18 09:02:04 PST 2011


On Dec 18, 2011 11:58 AM, "Katy Pearce ucsb" <kpearce at umail.ucsb.edu> wrote:

> Hi Andrew.
>
> There isn't a ton available (or at least there wasn't when I last checked
> 2 years ago), but if you can tell me what would be useful for you, I can
> try to pull some stuff together. Are you looking for a fiber map or
> something more like what isps exist or what sort of filtering system are
> used?
>
> Alternatively, you can find a decent summary (sometimes) with the Budde
> Comm reports. They're about $300 and most of the info is publicly
> available, but they do an okay job with keeping up with the fiber being put
> down.
>
> Just let me know and I can try to help.
>
> Thanks,
> Katy
> On Dec 18, 2011 11:53 AM, "Andrew Lewis" <andrew at pdqvpn.com> wrote:
>
>> Does anyone know what the telecom infrastructure and setup looks like in
>> Kz? Knowing what is available or how it is deployed would help guide
>> us(Telecomix in my case) towards solutions that better fit the actual
>> situation, rather then our current unguided efforts involving dial up.
>>
>> -Andrew
>>
>> Sent from my iPhone
>>
>> On Dec 17, 2011, at 9:19 AM, Katy Pearce <katy at katypearce.net> wrote:
>>
>> Yes, much of Central Asia depends on Internet via Kazakhstan.
>>
>> There are some sat phone internet efforts that I know of, but I'll touch
>> base again after asking some friends...
>> On Dec 17, 2011 9:17 AM, "Rebecca MacKinnon" <rebecca.mackinnon at gmail.com>
>> wrote:
>>
>>> Some members of this list may have seen news of the government crackdown
>>> in Kazakhstan.
>>>
>>>
>>> http://www.hrw.org/news/2011/12/17/kazakhstan-investigate-violence-oil-rich-western-region
>>>
>>> http://www.reuters.com/article/2011/12/17/us-kazakhstan-clashes-idUSTRE7BG08D20111217
>>>
>>> Excerpt from the HRW report:
>>> "The government has apparently shut down access to at least some mobile,
>>> voice, and text services in Zhanaozen. By late afternoon, Human Rights
>>> Watch could no longer reach workers by mobile phone, and access to
>>> Twitter.com and other news sites reporting on the unrest had been
>>> blocked by the authorities. “Without a means to communicate with the
>>> outside world, people in Zhanaozen are extremely vulnerable,” Rittmann
>>> said."
>>>
>>> Is anybody aware of efforts to set up dial-up access, satellite internet
>>> access, ad hoc radio or wireless networks  or anything for Kazakhstan? I'm
>>> hearing rumors (unconfirmed) that shutdown of Internet and some mobile
>>> services may extend beyond Zhanaozen.
>>>
>>> If anybody is aware of any efforts underway please let me know either on
>>> or off-list. I know some people who may be interested in supporting such
>>> efforts but they don't know who to approach.
>>>
>>> Cheers,
>>> Rebecca
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>    --
>>> Rebecca MacKinnon
>>> Schwartz Senior Fellow, New America Foundation
>>> Cofounder: GlobalVoicesOnline.org
>>> Author: ConsentoftheNetworked.com
>>> Office: +1-202-596-3343
>>> Twitter: @rmack
>>>
>>>
>>>
>>>
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