Skype and satellite phones keep Syrian rebels connected

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While the Syrian government has pretty much shut the Internet off for the Syrian population, rebels have turned to a program that most of us possible take for granted with our cushy broadband connections and power mains. A New York Times post has reported that the rebels have used satellite phones smuggled in from neighboring countries to stay connected to the Internet and keep activists (and each other) updated on troop movements and other important comms. As any armchair general will attest, communication can be the key to winning or losing a war, and though the government has muzzled the general population, the report said rebels had anticipated this move and had since stockpiled hardware to enable them to stay connected. Though pretty barebones, it goes to show how a little tech can go a long way particularly in unorthodox situations. Read the whole TIMES report HERE.