International hacktivists help Syrian citizens circumvent Internet censorship | Environment & Development | Deutsche Welle | 18.08.2011
As the government cracks down on protesters in Syria, hacker groups from abroad are helping people to get access to the Web and to communicate safely despite surveillance and repression.
Human rights groups and the international community are calling for an arms embargo and an end to government repression in Syria, which has resulted in almost 2,000 deaths since March.
Like in Egypt and Tunisia earlier this year, Syria has responded to the uprising not only with violence, but also by putting its citizens under surveillance and censoring the internet.
What such regimes didn’t count on was that international internet activists would step in and fight back.
Since the Arab Spring began, hacktivists have been building ad hoc telecommunications systems all over the Middle East to help citizens get information on what’s going on there out of these countries.