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I have an idea. Operation Techdrop

I was just watching a segment on Rachel Maddow from last night.  She was talking with Reza Aslan about the Iranian government's low tech solution to the high tech problem of ubiquitous cameras and access to global one to one communications networks.  The government is just confiscating every electronic device they see.  Much like Kennedy during the building of the Berlin Wall, we can do a citizen tech drop.  Organize donations of electrionics to be dropped (possibly in small clusters), via contracted Fed Ex planes or something.

Thinking about it, Iran has an Air Force which would make this very dangerous, but I do think it would be something we can do to help the people in Iran continue to communicate with us.

What do y'all think?

Update: Forgot to post the link to the segment on Rachel.

http://www.msnbc.msn.com/id/26315908/#31534400

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achild
Jun. 26th, 2009 04:49 am (UTC)
I like it.
Especially if the drops were not-so-obvious devices like:

watches: http://tinyurl.com/lseewp
pens: http://tinyurl.com/knn2nb
etc
vstraylight
Jun. 26th, 2009 05:15 am (UTC)
Very interesting. Those are quite nice for this application. Also have cams that can be mounted discreetly in an office or bedroom window. Perhaps have a network of people to move it around so they can't quite figure out the angles. Film, download, move the cam, edit, upload.

Also, cheap usb keys for sneaker nets.

I've noticed in recent videos that people have been blacking out recognizible faces in videos. I wonder if we can have an information sharing network on tactics, with pdfs that are created with feedback from people inside Iran and shared easily on usb keys/devices. Host them outside the country on a variety of sites to allow downloads to nearby regions maybe, and they've not blocked all Internet access so proxies are still effective.

hmm...
achild
Jun. 26th, 2009 12:31 pm (UTC)
Problem with windows is that the angle shows you the location. Even if the cam has moved, the person who lives/works in the place with that window is now under investigation.

Personally-mobile cams are probably a better bet.

I'd think you'd want a single black box with a few cameras, a couple dozen cheap usb keys (hell, prime them all with the PDFs you're talking about.) Instructions on basics of proxies, tor and copies of free software like audacity and some video editor might be cool.

Of course, all of this is easily compromised by the authorities. You simply drop a few identical boxes of your own, except you put trojans on the usb keys and infiltrate the networks.

dariobrazil
Jun. 29th, 2009 07:22 pm (UTC)
If our own national interests (as defined by our executive branch) were allied with the interests of the people of that country instead of their fascist leaders, this would already be underway it is so obvious.

It appears that our own technocratic elite wants to see tech fail to serve the people of Iran.

But if there's a way to make this happen, it would bode well for USA bc one day it will be US who need a way around a cyber-stranglehold.
tajeargo
Apr. 15th, 2011 12:17 am (UTC)
Hmm, that?s some cool information. I would search on Google to find other relevant articles. Actually, I came across your blog on Google Blog Search. I?m going to add your RSS feed to my reader. Continue posting please!

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