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

Andreas Bader noergelpizza at
Fri Nov 30 08:42:21 PST 2012

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On 11/30/2012 04:06 PM, Rafal Rohozinski wrote:
> 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.
> We also run a Facebook page that provides more real-time reporting. It
can be found here:
> 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> wrote:
>> Hi Rafal,
>> The link you provided didn't work. Could you send me a copy of the
>> Thanks,
>> Cameran
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>> 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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The Google Docs page seems to be down. Do you have a mirror?
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