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Monday, August 8, 2011

US Covert Operation Creates "Shadow" Internet Systems for Dissidents

“We’re going to build a separate infrastructure where the technology is nearly impossible to shut down, to control, or to track...The implication is that this disempowers central authorities from infringing on people’s fundamental human right to communicate.”

The Obama administration is leading a global effort to deploy “shadow” Internet and mobile phone systems that dissidents can use to undermine repressive governments that seek to silence them by censoring or shutting down telecommunications networks.  

The effort includes secretive projects to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries, as well as one operation out of a spy novel in a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs who look as if they could be in a garage band are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype “Internet in a suitcase.” 

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And Don't forget that in June 2011 the United Nations considered "Internet Access" a Human Right...

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