Monday, June 13, 2011

Washington wants to thwart the censorship of dictatorships with an Internet ghost

The United States is working on a global project to deploy an Internet "ghost" as well as mobile telephone systems to allow dissidents to bypass censorship of dictatorial regimes. That is what is reported, Sunday, June 12, the New York Times, in an investigation based on documents and secret diplomatic cables on an operation worthy of the purest spy novel.

According to the newspaper, young entrepreneurs and Washington are seeking to develop electronic devices do not attract attention and compact enough to be transported in a bag of ordinary trip. CASE FOR ELECTRONIC EQUIPMENT Funded by a grant of 2 million from the State Department, this case will pass the borders of a country and the equipment to be quickly assembled to enable wireless communications over a wide area with Internet access.

Some of these projects focus on developing new technologies in the United States, while others rely on techniques and tools already created by hackers. TECHNOLOGICAL EFFORTS WITH EXTRA Arab Revolt communications networks enable stealth activists from countries like Iran, Syria and Libya to communicate with the outside world without the government could even detect them, according to participants in this project.

These technological efforts of the United States have stepped up to the moment, Egypt, former President Hosni Mubarak, facing a massive wave of protest, decided to cut the Internet shortly before leaving office. Recently, the Syrian government has temporarily halted the Internet in much of the country to prevent the mobilization of protesters.

The initiative of the Obama administration is in a sense a new front in the American diplomatic efforts undertaken long to defend freedom of expression and encourage democracy. For decades, the United States produces radio broadcasts in autocratic countries in particular through the "Voice of America." More recently, Washington has supported the development of software that preserve the anonymity of users in countries like China and to train citizens of these countries in order to pass information via the Internet controlled by the government without being detected .

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