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[liberationtech] Chromebooks for Risky Situations?

Katrin Verclas katrin at mobileactive.org
Thu Feb 7 16:08:00 PST 2013


UAE - Etisalat, nexus 4  - tethering was easy once the data plan was procured. That, however, ain't simple - took time and some significant documentation. Only thing they did not ask for was my first-born son. 

On Feb 6, 2013, at 15:31, Brian Conley <brianc at smallworldnews.tv> wrote:

> 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?
> 
> Brian
> 
> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 12:26 PM, Ali-Reza Anghaie <ali at packetknife.com> 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 gmail.com> wrote:
>>> 
>>> 
>>> On Wed, Feb 6, 2013 at 1:28 AM, Nathan of Guardian <nathan at guardianproject.info> 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: http://www.jolicloud.com/jolios  
>>> 
>>> 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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