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[liberationtech] Chromebooks for Risky Situations?

Brian Conley brianc at
Wed Feb 6 12:31:46 PST 2013

What Android OS are you using, Ali?

It's a snap with Google Nexus running 4.0. Perhaps its an OS version or
carrier-rolled OS that is the problem?


On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Ali-Reza Anghaie <ali at>wrote:

> 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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