Internet in a Suitcase


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Internet in a suitcase is a program reportedly developed or spearheaded by the U.S. Department of State to provide Internet and mobile phone service to dissidents that can bypass government censorship or shut down of telecommunications in countries such as the Islamic Republic of Iran, Syria and Libya. The plan reportedly involves utilizing common hardware components ‘into a package that could easily’ be smuggled ‘into a repressive country and quickly assembled to deliver wireless service across a wide area to maintain crucial communications between legitimately protesting citizens.’

Part of the operation includes a prototype ‘Internet in a suitcase’ being developed by a ‘group of young entrepreneurs’ led by Sascha Meinrath of the New America Foundation, a public policy think tank. Other projects employ tools ‘that have already been created by hackers in a so-called liberation-technology movement sweeping the globe,’ and stealth wireless networks.

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