Montreal

Computer whizzes support political activists

Montreal internet activists are playing a role helping activists in the Middle East to avoid government censors online.
Computer experts like Nadim Kobeissic are supporting foreign political activists who need safe access to the internet. ((CBC))
Montreal internet activists are playing a role helping activists in the Middle East to avoid government censors online.

In some cases, Quebec computer experts are providing scrambling programs that mask IP addresses, to support protest organizers in conflict zones.

And at least one programming wizard in Montreal has created a unique computer network that provides a safe haven for anti-government activists.

In Tunisia, activist blogger Ramsi Bettibi relied heavily on a "Tor" server during recent civil uprisings which led to the overthrow of his country's president.

The popular and free IP server was "an essential tool for the success of this revolution in Tunisia," said Bettibi, in a recent interview from Tunis.

CBC Montreal spoke to Antoine Beaupré, who maintains a Tor server, and to Nadim Kobeissi, who built Anapnea, a protected network.

 LISTEN: Jesara Sinclair reports (radio)

 WATCH:  Catherine Cullen reports (TV)