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[liberationtech] NYT: U.S. Underwrites Internet Detour Around Censors

Cyrus Farivar cfarivar at
Sun Jun 12 00:56:25 PDT 2011

Dear Friends and Colleagues,

So I'm in Morocco this weekend, and I wake up this morning and find this piece ( 

staring at me right in the face from the NYT homepage. I'm guessing that based on this line:

"Some projects involve technology that the United States is developing; others pull together tools that have already been created by hackers in a so-called liberation-technology movement sweeping the globe."

that a lot of people on this list are involved in some way. 

Is this something that a lot of people knew about? Does disclosing it jeopardize the project in any way? Are all of these projects coordinated? Who's doing/vetted the crypto/security? (Jacob?) 

This "Internet in a suitcase" project, how does it work? Satellite access? If so, who controls that? Who determines who has access to this s00per s3kr1t network? How are they vetted? What's to prevent it from being infiltrated? Does network neutrality apply? 

Also, is there any collaboration with other friendly states? (EU? Japan? South Korea? Australia? Canada?) Companies? Is ultimate authority in this project vested in Sec. Clinton?



Cyrus Farivar
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