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[liberationtech] SECDEV: Report on Syrian internet shutdown

Rafal Rohozinski r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca
Thu Nov 29 19:47:15 PST 2012


Dear colleagues,

Please find attached a Flash Note from SecDev produced by our Syria operations group, on today's shutdown of the internet in Syria.

This shutdown has coincided with heavy fighting around Damascus airport and the reported seizure of key military facilities by rebels. In the past, the Syrian regime has shut off communications prior to offensives, and this may have been the case today. Alternatively, the shutdown may be related to rebel gains, and the regime’s desire to limit communication of these events. Due to foreign media restrictions in Syria, many use social media to communicate with one another and with the international community about events in the conflict, rendering this shutdown a critical development in the ongoing crisis.

These Digital Security Reports are produced as part of an ongoing activity executed by The SecDev Foundation, called the Syria Digital Security Project. It seeks to improve the online safety and security of the Syrian people and to enhance the free flow of information in Syria. To this end, it provides information, analysis, tools and resources dedicated to enhancing digital safety and openness in Syria. The project is administered by The SecDev Foundation, a Canadian not-for-profit organization, with funding from granting bodies in North America.

You may find additional coverage of these events in articles posted by Wired and Computerworld. 

We welcome your feedback.

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Rafal


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