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Protesters Are Dodging Sudan's Internet Shutdown With a Phone-Powered Crowdmap 7

Posted by Soulskill
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Lasrick writes "Motherboard's Africa correspondent, Amanda Sperber, has a great piece on how protesters in Sudan are getting around the government's shutdown of the internet. Quoting: 'Since Wednesday afternoon, Sudan's internet has been sporadically shut off amid a fifth day of protests against President Omar al Bashir's regime. Despite the attempt to cut off communications and limit organization and reporting on the ground, a group of tech-savvy people based in Khartoum have developed a map for recording key data about the protests that's powered by cell networks. '"
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Protesters Are Dodging Sudan's Internet Shutdown With a Phone-Powered Crowdmap

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  • by ackthpt (218170) on Friday September 27, 2013 @06:52PM (#44976055) Homepage Journal

    ... as peacefully as Assad. President Omar al Bashir has had found no difficulty allying with clans and tribes to depopulate area, such as Darfur.

    As for the protests, the country no longer has the oil or revenues as they largely left with South Sudan. The subsidies are not coming back.

    Even if he does go, he will probably be replaced by a more brutal government. Can't say I envy the people in Sudan.

    • If it's any consolation, this dictator has no powerful friends or the oil and mineral weath to prop up his regime. So the chances of a UN intervention are greater if the casaulties go beyond the low thousands. Russia and China might even volunteer troops for a "peacekeeping" mission just to prove they aren't necessarily the best friends of opressive regimes. Certainly, the chances of them using their veto against a UN Security Council mandating sanctions would be much less.

  • Countries with these kinds of problems deserve the news blackout the rest of the world gives them. No one to root for here. If you give these countries attention, you are "not helping". Let them deal with this matter privately ...

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