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[liberationtech] Satellite phones for Rohingya in Burma

Griffin Boyce griffinboyce at gmail.com
Mon Mar 18 00:21:46 PDT 2013


Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at appelbaum.net> wrote:
>
> It seems like physical smuggling or geo-caching of the data would be
> much safer than a sat phone that can be *tracked* and *jammed*
> simultaneously. At least with geo-caching, one could pass along the
> coordinates for evidence later and then perhaps at a later date, we will
> have the evidence stored, found and released.
>

  That seems problematic, and the person who passed on the details of
location still has the risk (perhaps a greater risk) of being identified.
 Cell phones are extremely problematic too.


> As far as physical smuggling, I suspect that people would need to
> swallow the media cards or to sew them into clothing. That would allow
> the cameras to stay in the area but for the data to trickle out.
>

  Do not swallow SD or microSD cards, especially not unprotected.  They're
very likely to become unusable, to say nothing of potential health effects.
 There are a million ways to hide a microSD card on one's person.

  MicroSD cards fit into lockets, inside clothing seams, inside/under
band-aids <http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Adhesive_bandage>, in shoes, taped
to the bottom of your foot, within bra layers (placement also makes sense
because of small bits of metal here), in the bottom of a cigarette pack, in
your mouth, under the lid of a water bottle, inside a flashlight, and any
number of other items that make sense to have when crossing a border.

  It's 1cm x 1cm in size, and about 1mm thick. Get creative!  For cameras
that take SD cards, you can use SD>MicroSD converters and smuggle out the
tiny cards if you can get across the border.

~Griffin Boyce
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