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[liberationtech] US State Department comments on Internet Shutdown

Jill Moss jmoss at bbg.gov
Thu Nov 29 13:48:10 PST 2012


Joel:  Any sense from your IO optic how the technology provided is circumventing the Syrian network   "...computers, phones, cameras....all designed to be independent from and able to circumvent the Syrian domestic network precisely for the reason of keeping them safe, keeping them secure from regime tampering, regime listening, regime interruption"




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From: liberationtech-bounces at lists.stanford.edu [mailto:liberationtech-bounces at lists.stanford.edu] On Behalf Of Joel Harding
Sent: Thursday, November 29, 2012 4:28 PM
To: Liberation
Subject: [liberationtech] US State Department comments on Internet Shutdown

Note the assistance publicly released.

QUESTION: Do you have any comment on the reports of a hearing about the internet being cut off across Syria today?

MS. NULAND: We have been learning from local coordinating councils inside Syria over the last day or so that the regime does appear to be resorting to cutting off all kinds of communication - cellular networks, landlines, as well as internet service across the country - notably in Damascus and the suburbs as well as Hama, Homs, and Tartus.
Obviously, we condemn this latest assault on the Syrian people's ability to express themselves and communicate with each other. And it just, again, speaks to the kind of desperation of the regime as it tries to cling to power.

QUESTION: And on that point, is there - the U.S. has been providing communications equipment. Can the groups to whom it's been provided continue to communicate without this - without these networks?

MS. NULAND: Yes. We've provided some 2,000 communications kits, pieces of equipment, since this effort began. These are all kinds of things:
computers, phones, cameras. They are all designed to be independent from and able to circumvent the Syrian domestic network precisely for the reason of keeping them safe, keeping them secure from regime tampering, regime listening, regime interruption.

Joel Harding
Information Operations Holistic Organizer (IOHO) http://toinformistoinfluence.com
(703) 362-8582
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