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Jacob Appelbaum (ioerror) on Twitter - 0 views

    • So when TE Data both filters and rate limits, we have an artificially slow and essentially broken network that discourages use #egypt
  • @eclip5e I refused to answer their questions.
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  • ioerror Discouraging uploading and actively blocking access to sites is clearly politically motivated to create a limited subset of the net #egypt
  • It does not appear that servers or other hosted systems are rate limited - rate limiting is only for home/business end users #egypt



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    So while #Egypt has returned to the internet, it is now tiered and those who are politically active (end users) are collectively punished...


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    This kind of rate limiting practically discourages video/photo participation but gives the illusion of *full* connectivity #egypt #jan25


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    @SheriefFarouk I'm not sure - TE Data is the primary group of mother-fuckers ruining #Egypt's day



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  • The frustrating issue is that people just assume #egypt normally has slow DSL - these are normally quite fast lines, crippled intentionally!
    • Some people will not download software to protect themselves because it practically takes *too long* or it prevents other activities #egypt
    • There are people who cannot upload videos or photographs in a meaningful time frame - sometimes not at all because of conns breaking #egypt
    • While not as nuanced as political-networked-coercive-throttling - the word censorship is fair because of the end result: censorship #egypt
    • A few points: I was not arrested, I did not consent to any searching, and of course - this isn't about travel, this is about liberty
    • Why do we allow US Customs to lie and to threaten people? It's a crime to lie to them and they do it as their day job. Why the inequality?
  • @1D4TW Correct - this is a link that normally is measured in Mb/s and they have throttled it for political reasons...
    • It's also quite worrying to note that this traffic shaping is new - perhaps with new equipment installed after the networks went down #egypt
    • People in #egypt don't have the ability to simply call up another ISP and wait 7-14 days for a new DSL provider who will also cripple them
  • Just as the Great Firewall is easy to circumvent, people will chunk uploads and wait for files to downloads. It's still network abuse #egypt
  • It's interesting to note that some media initially reported that I had no trouble because I said nothing at all. Irony abounds.
    • Will the Canadian government simply act as an arm of the US policy of detaining, searching, and harassing me? Oh Canada! I hope not.
    • I'd like to think that when I visit my family in Canada this wekend and attend a work conference that Canada won't hassle me. Am I dreaming?
  • TE Data DSL service is being seriously rate limited specifically to impact documenters from sharing in reasonable time. #egypt #jan25
  • The end result of political throttling is that people are unable to see or produce media in a relevant or impactful time span. #egypt #jan25
  • Rate limiting is not traditional censorship: TE Data wants to stifle speech and their methods are working. Imperfect but intentional. #egypt
  • I'm flying to Toronto, Canada for work on Sunday and back through Seattle again a few days later. Should be a joy to meet these guys again.



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    I resisted the temptation to give them a disk filled with /dev/random because I knew that reading them the Bill of Rights was enough hassle.



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    The mental environment that this creates for traveling is intense. Nothing is assured, nothing is secure, and nothing provides escape.



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    The CBP agent asked me for data - was I bringing data into the country? Where was all my data from the trip? Names, numbers, receipts, etc.



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  • I'm only counting from the time that we opened my luggage until it was closed. The airport was basically empty when I left.



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    In case it is not abundantly clear: I have not been arrested, nor charged with any crime, nor indicted in any way. Land of the free? Hardly.



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    Even if it makes things worse for me, I refuse to be silent about state sponsored systematic detainment, searching, and harassment.



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    It took a great deal of thought before I posted about my experience because it honestly appears to make things worse for me in the future.



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    All in all, if you're going to be detained, searched, and harassed at the border in an extra-legal manner, I guess it's Seattle over Newark.



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    While it's true that Communist China has never treated me as badly as CBP, I know this isn't true for everyone who travels to China.



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  • They were quite surprised to learn that Iceland had computers and that I didn't have to bring my own.



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    All in all, the detainment was around thirty minutes long. They all seemed quite distressed that I had no computer and no phone.



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    The CBP agent asked if the ACLU was really waiting. I confirmed the ACLU was waiting and they again denied me contact with legal help.



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    The CBP agents in Seattle were nicer than ones in Newark. None of them implied I would be raped in prison for the rest of my life this time.



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    The CBP agent stated that I had posted on Twitter before my flight and that slip ended the debate about their random selection process.



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  • During the search, I made it quite clear that I had no laptop and no cell phone. Only USB drives with the Bill of Rights.



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    Only US customs has random number generator worse than a mid-2007 Debian random number generator. Random? Hardly.



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    While waiting for my baggage, I noticed the CBP agent watching me and of course after my bag arrived, I was "randomly" selected for search.



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    She attempted to trick me by putting words into my mouth. She marked my card with a large box with the number 1 inside, sent me on my way.



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    When I handed over my customs declaration form, the female agent was initially friendly. After pulling my record, she had a sour face.



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  • The CBP (U.S. Customs and Border Protection) agent was waiting for me at the exit gate. Remember when it was our family and loved ones?



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    I requested access my lawyer and was again denied. They stated I was I wasn't under arrest and so I was not able to contact my lawyer.



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    The forensic specialist (who was friendly) explained that EnCase and FTK, with a write-blocker inline were unable to see the Bill of Rights.



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    I did however have a few USB thumb drives with a copy of the Bill of Rights encoded into the block device. They were unable to copy it.



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    The CPB specifically wanted laptops and cell phones and were visibly unhappy when they discovered nothing of the sort.



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    I was detained, searched, and CPB did attempt to question me about the nature of my vacation upon landing in Seattle.



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    It's very frustrating that I have to put so much consideration into talking about the kind of harassment that I am subjected to in airports.



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    Sorry for the poor formatting...the key point is that I observed three different Egyptian websites I consult frequently, including 3arabawy, responding very slowly. At first I thought this was due to high traffic, given increased interest in the sites. However, here we have Jacob Appelbaum, a noted American hacker, affiliated with Wikileaks, and an expert in his field, who says repeatedly that his research shows continued Egyptian state censorship...in throttling traffic from activist websites in Egypt, to limit their presence as much as possible. A few minutes ago, 3arabawy did not load at all in my broswer, except for the black background...and I have a cable connection.
Hossam el-Hamalawy

Why we should all use Firefox and NOT Google Chrome | Tarek Shalaby - 3 views

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    Interesting posting by Tarek Shalaby
Hossam el-Hamalawy

luna17: Cyberspace Leninism? - 2 views

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    alex is being very generous in this article. Of course he and I have great respect for the Swp and hope to continue working with them but our observations of the Internet have led to a quite different understanding of what sort, ie what shape, organisation we need in 21st century.

    I am writing something on the back of my paper which I presented to Historical Materialism conference. Will send round this group for collaboration.

    Great piece tho Alex, thx for reposting Hoss. Merry christmas to all. x
Clare Solomon

TechnicalTactics: Security-in-a-box - 2 views

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    LOADS of tools, guidance and advice on how to securely use the internet and other tools such as videos, mobile phone technology etc
Clare Solomon

Technical Tactics for Mobile Phones - 3 views

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    LOADS of tools, guidance and advice on how to effectively use the internet and other tools such as videos, mobile phone technology etc
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