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[liberationtech] Chromebooks for Risky Situations?

Ali-Reza Anghaie ali at
Wed Feb 6 12:26:26 PST 2013

I'm glad people have had luck with tethering their Android phones
internationally. I've had absolutely zero - I'll have to give it another
run with a locally renter provider I suppose.

Anyone try in the UAE recently? Provider, hardware? Egypt? Curious. -Ali
 On Feb 6, 2013 3:19 PM, "Griffin Boyce" <griffinboyce at> wrote:

> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM, Nathan of Guardian <
> nathan at> wrote:
>> On 02/06/2013 01:22 PM, Ali-Reza Anghaie wrote:
>> >
>> > How can projects like Privly play into it? Carrying a Tor Router along
>> > with you or building one on-site. None of the operational matters will
>> > ever be squarely addressed by one platform but it all can be
>> > decision-treed out nicely.
>> You could also use Orbot with wifi-tether on Android phone. It can
>> transparent proxy all the wifi hotspot traffic over Tor.
> Using an android phone as a tether seems much more normal and fits the
> profile of an international traveler. Carrying a router around might not be
> the best option for staying low-profile.
> I like Chrome OS but am addicted to Pidgin with OTR. It's really the only
> thing keeping me from trying out a Chromebook. (Even Photoshop is available
> 'in the cloud'). If you need to install a few programs locally but like the
> overall idea and features, JoliOS looks to be a good option:
> Somewhat off-topic: I reject the idea that because something isn't right
> for Syrians, that it's not useful. There is an incredible spectrum of
> threat models to consider. And usability is a factor. It's worth
> considering that state-sponsored Windows spyware is a major problem. But
> people still use it because the realistic alternative is more difficult to
> use (even Ubuntu has a sharp learning curve).
> Best,
> Griffin Boyce
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