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Thousands of pro-democracy protesters in Hong Kong have been using an app called Firechat to talk to each other “off the grid”. News about the protests in Hong Kong have been suppressed in mainland China and it was widely rumored that China was monitoring internet communications at the protests.

Source BBC

Date October 2nd, 2014

Sourcehttp://www.bbc.com/news/technology-29448739

Discussion questions

1) Near-range Bluetooth non-Internet communication could have uses local to you. What might some of these be?

2) The article suggests that it was “rumored” that the Chinese government was monitoring internet communication at the sites of the protests. How likely is it that the Chinese government would be doing this, and how likely is it your government would do this during protests, rallies and the like?

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