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

Rafal Rohozinski r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca
Fri Nov 30 07:06:50 PST 2012


Sorry folks, a bit of Google dyslexia…  here is the proper public link for the  brief report.  Nothing really new here except for the fact that we were tracking withdrawal of routes as far back as the 22nd.  Also, we've gotten pretty good a geo-locating individual netblocks, and IP range allocation.  if the central shutdown continues, I imagine that in rebel held areas or maybe an attempt to start creating  their own route announcements viaVSAT based connections or possibly by creating  direct wireless links in border areas so will be on the lookout for new announcements that don't come from STE.

https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4_SBxiVQGUOQUVSaHFjS0hlVFk

We also run a Facebook page that provides more real-time reporting. It can be found here: https://www.facebook.com/Syrian.DS

We use Facebook because our principal  stakeholders are Syrians, and in this conflict, Facebook rules  as a means of reaching the largest stakeholder audience…

Rafal


On Nov 30, 2012, at 3:51 AM, Cameran Ashraf <chashraf at ucla.edu> wrote:

> Hi Rafal,
> 
> The link you provided didn't work.  Could you send me a copy of the report?
> 
> Thanks,
> Cameran
> 
> -- 
> Ph.D. student
> Department of Geography
> University of California, Los Angeles
> 
> 
> Quoting Rafal Rohozinski <r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca>:
> 
>> As this list strips PDF's - you can down load the report from here: https://docs.google.com/open?id=0B4ox3LYQcooBVUlfMkUzZUJmTTQ
>> 
>> Rafal
>> 
>> 
>> On Nov 29, 2012, at 10:47 PM, Rafal Rohozinski <r.rohozinski at psiphon.ca> 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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