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[liberationtech] Satellite phones for Rohingya in Burma

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

Jacob Appelbaum <jacob at> 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 <>, 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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