US bankrolls 'shadow Internet for dissidents' abroad

Jun 13, 2011
An Iranian youth wears a green ribbon as a support sign for reformist presidential candidate Mir Hossein Mousavi at an internet cafe in Iran. The US government is financing the development of "shadow" Internet systems to enable dissidents abroad to get around government censors, The New York Times reported.

The US government is financing the development of "shadow" Internet systems to enable dissidents abroad to get around government censors, The New York Times reported on Sunday.

The newspaper said the covert effort also includes attempts to create independent cellphone networks inside foreign countries.

The operation involves a fifth-floor shop on L Street in Washington, where a group of young entrepreneurs are fitting deceptively innocent-looking hardware into a prototype "Internet in a suitcase," the report said.

Financed with a $2.0 million State Department grant, the suitcase could be secreted across a border and quickly set up to allow over a wide area with a link to the global Internet, the paper noted.

Some projects involve technology being developed in the United States while others pull together tools that have already been created by hackers from the so-called liberation technology movement, The Times said.

The is financing the creation of stealth that would enable to communicate outside the reach of governments in countries like Iran, Syria and Libya, the paper said.

The US government has also spent at least $50 million to create an independent cellphone network in Afghanistan using towers on protected military bases inside the country, The Times said.

It is intended to offset the Taliban’s ability to shut down the official Afghan services, the report noted.

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knikiy
not rated yet Jun 13, 2011
Meanwhile, it is up to the telecom market to make sure there is decent high speed internet in the US. FCC goals for 2020 notwithstanding.
finitesolutions
5 / 5 (1) Jun 13, 2011
What if this shadow Internet is used to bash the US government itself. Ohhh wait the US federal government is perfect. Pieces of crap.
The worse most arrogant government officials I dealt with were Americans.
USA you too can change your ways : rejuvenate the Congress and Senate. Elect more women. Fight unemployment and poverty.

epsi00
5 / 5 (1) Jun 13, 2011
USA you too can change your ways : rejuvenate the Congress and Senate. Elect more women. Fight unemployment and poverty.


America is too busy fighting many wars to find the time to fight unemployment, poverty...There is way more money in bombs and missiles...to make poor countries even poorer and more dependent. The US has simply become a war machine that cannot stop itself.
Skeptic_Heretic
not rated yet Jun 13, 2011
Welcome to 10 years ago. This article is old news.