Tibet Action Institute-a group working on digital security- organised screening of a new documentary film on China's unrelenting cyber attacks on the exile community.
The film titled “Tibet: Frontline of the New Cyber War” was released by Nathan Freitas, Tibet Action Institute's director of technology and founder of the Guardian Project-a secure mobile software development team.
Following the screening of the film, Nathan presented a detailed presentation on global rise of WeChat-the Chinese mobile messaging app.
Breifing the media on the occasion, Nathan said that the film documented the power and perils of technology in the Tibetan freedom struggle.
“It tells the story of Tibetans' epic struggle to stay connected with family and friends and advance their struggle for rights and freedom while defending themselves' from targeted cyber attacks from China,” Nathan said.
He added that the documentary included exclusive interviews with the researchers from Citizen Lab at the Munk School of Global Affairs, University of Toronto, whose ground-breaking 2009 Ghostnet report exposed a major Chinese cyber espionage network targeting state, private and civil society actors including the office of spiritual leader the Dalai Lama and Tibetans worldwide.
“Both as individuals and community, Tibetans are being targeted by some of the most sophisticated malware attacks and cyber surveillance on the planet,” Lobsang Gyatso Sither, Tibet Action Institute's digital security program manager said.
“But as long as we equip ourselves with knowledge and skills to defend against China's attacks, technology can be our most powerful weapons in the Tibetan struggles,” he added.