Around 8000 clients in Myanmar/Burma are connected the Tor network. This does not count the users connected by bridges to Tor.
In Briar all communication goes through Tor, to protect your identity.
To circumvent censorship, Briar gives you access to bridges in case Tor is blocked by your ISP.
In case of internet shutdown, Briar can use Bluetooth and WiFi to pass on messages to your contacts.
I read the article.
FRS Radio is completely ignored. It is 'no license needed' and very short range. For small groups, low range means you won't be noticed from further away.
Using Repeaters means surveillance, and even the possibility of faking.
Also completely ignored is running a mobile 'pirate' am/fm radio station for short amounts of time to spead news.
not all countries allow repeaters on their FRS equivalent either (PMR446 in CEPT countries, Europe plus UK and some others).
also reality is if you buy and use that more specialised equipment without either a valid ham radio or business radio licence you can get in trouble, and both those licences are issued by the governments Communications Ministry (so they know who you are...) >>
I have a UK Business Radio Suppliers Licence (surprisingly easy to get!) - it allows me to use digital and encryption on a variety of frequencies and hire out equipment to others - *but* there is a clause in it that I am personally accountable for what it gets used for and obliged to hand over records of any communications to Her Majesty's Government on request!
I think you missed the point. If you are doing something in a smaller group, you do NOT want a longer range. You do NOT want to be heard (or located) by others, you want to whisper not shout. The easy way to do that are low power devices like FRS, PMR, LPD,etc.
As you need no license there is also no reason to hold you for having such a device on you.
The guy who wrote the article knows nothing else than ham, and that is not good.
my point *was* indeed that using the more specialist kit (as opposed to PMR446/LPD etc) can create other issues (I'm a former pirate broadcaster who now works legitimately with a variety of RF based equipment as part of my day job).
That said, opsec is still important, the vets 0,5km away from me use PMR446 and I heard them mentioning the name, breed and (unusual) fur colour of a dog, and was able to find out the dog and its owners location with a simple web search..
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