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[liberationtech] New Mobile report / Safety on the Line: Exposing the myth of mobile communication security

Katrin Verclas katrin at mobileactive.org
Thu Aug 2 20:18:19 PDT 2012


Our review:
http://www.mobileactive.org/safety-line-new-report-bbg-and-freedom-house-mobile-security.
Underwhelming.
On Aug 2, 2012 10:59 PM, "Robert Guerra" <rguerra at privaterra.org> wrote:

> Thought this newly released report might be of interest to the Liberation
> Tech community...
>
>
> Safety on the Line: Exposing the myth of mobile communication security
> http://goo.gl/VnpYK
>
> Executive Summary
>
> This report evaluates the risks and vulnerabilities of mobile phone
> services and apps in 12 specified countries: the Republic of Azerbaijan,
> the Republic of Belarus, the People’s Republic of China, the Arab Republic
> of Egypt, the Islamic Republic of Iran, Libya, the Sultanate of Oman, the
> Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, the Syrian Arab Republic, the Tunisian Republic,
> the Republic of Uzbekistan, and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam. Rather
> than focus on a single innovation, this study analyzes multiple mobile
> technologies – including operating systems, applications and mobile
> protocols – to determine their capacity to protect security and privacy and
> to combat censorship and surveillance. Throughout this study the protection
> of mobile phone users was of paramount importance.
>
> This project was managed by Freedom House and supported by the
> Broadcasting Board of Governors.
>
> This study is divided into several sections. The Introduction outlines
> this research initiative and its methodology. It also justifies the need to
> focus attention on specific mobile phone environments. The Background
> section provides a comprehensive description of mobile phone technologies
> with particular emphasis on smartphones. Technical Testing outlines an
> analysis of the five primary platforms for smartphone usage: Apple iOS,
> Google Android, Nokia Symbian, Microsoft Windows Phone, and RIM BlackBerry
> OS. A Threat Assessment analyzes security and privacy challenges facing
> citizens who own and use a mobile phone, as well as obstacles confronting
> mobile internet users. The assessment confirms that various platforms can
> be used to overcome some threats particularly when blocking and
> circumvention technology is used. The Country Profiles evaluate 12
> countries predetermined by the BBG for investigation. Data points in the
> analysis include the most recent key performance indicators for each
> national mobile market, various mobile operators, the range of handsets in
> use and the scale of mobile penetration for each country. The report is
> completed with a short section of Findings and a list of Recommendations
> for the future.
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