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[liberationtech] Avaaz: Blackout-proof the protests

Kris Kotarski kkotarski at
Fri Feb 25 14:04:07 PST 2011

Hi all,

Wanted to bring this to your attention. working on  
interesting action to 'blackout proof' Middle Eastern protests.

In their words:

"Across the Middle East -- in Bahrain, Libya, Yemen, and more  
countries every day, autocratic regimes are trying to crush  
unprecedented peaceful protests with brutality and blackouts.

Avaaz is working urgently to "blackout-proof" the protests -- with  
secure satellite modems and phones, tiny video cameras, and portable  
radio transmitters, plus expert support teams on the ground -- to  
enable activists to broadcast live video feeds even during internet  
and phone blackouts.

The window for us to deliver this help is closing fast, as regimes are  
moving quickly to choke off borders and internet connections."

No further details are offered, so I am not certain how they are  
coordinating this or what precautions are being taken to protect  
individuals on the ground. If anyone knows any more, please share as  
this is worth following.


Kris Kotarski

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