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[liberationtech] SECDEV: Report on Syrian internet shutdown -II

Cameran Ashraf chashraf at
Fri Nov 30 00:51:50 PST 2012

Hi Rafal,

The link you provided didn't work.  Could you send me a copy of the report?


Ph.D. student
Department of Geography
University of California, Los Angeles

Quoting Rafal Rohozinski <r.rohozinski at>:

> As this list strips PDF's - you can down load the report from here:  
> Rafal
> On Nov 29, 2012, at 10:47 PM, Rafal Rohozinski  
> <r.rohozinski at> wrote:
>> 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.
>> <Syria_Flash-note_29Nov2012.pdf>
>> Rafal
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