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State Department Developing "Internet in a Suitcase?"

[ 0 ] June 20, 2011 |

New York Times: The State Department is looking to deploy “Internet in a Suitcase” and other initiatives designed to circumvent blocking and censorship…

According to the New York Times, the Obama administration has created an initiative to “defend free speech and nurture democracy” by arming citizens of repressive governments with unrestricted access to the World Wide Web.

The hope is that by creating “shadow” internet and mobile phone systems an operational network will still be available after repressive governments have censored or shut down telecommunications networks.

The project includes the set up of independent cell phone networks within foreign countries, as well as developing a prototype “Internet in a Suitcase” that would allow wireless access to the global Internet.

The State Department is also working on stealth wireless networks that will enable activists to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like Iran, Syria and Libya.

Read the New York Times piece here.

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