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[liberationtech] Avaaz: Blackout-proof the protests

Steven Clift clift at
Fri Feb 25 14:10:39 PST 2011

I'd be really interested in whether groups have tried to distribute small fm
radio transmitters.

Also, I recall a number of years ago running into stories about satellite
radios in africa with usb plugs that could send one-way data downstream
(health info).

So imagine combining the two with near-live produce and send audio files for
small scale broadcast.
On Feb 25, 2011 4:04 PM, "Kris Kotarski" <kkotarski at> wrote:
> 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.
> Best,
> Kris Kotarski
> @Kotarski
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