The Broadcasting Board of Governors (BBG) and Freedom House have partnered to study mobile use and mobile security risks in 12 countries: Azerbaijan, Belarus, China, Egypt, Iran, Libya, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Syria, Tunisia, Uzbekistan, and Vietnam. The report, entitled “Safety on the Line: Exposing the Myth of Mobile Communication Security,” reviews and tests the “technology stack” of each country’s most-used devices, networks, operating systems, and applications. Its aim is to provide technical information and mobile market intelligence for entities combating cyber censorship and for mobile developers designing programs and applications for enhanced user security.
The report calls for greater cooperation among the mobile phone and operating system industries, supporters of anti-censorship technologies, and mobile security app developers. It also recognizes a need to enhance awareness of the security risks among users of mobile devices in repressive and undemocratic regimes.