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CIS Cybersecurity Series (Part 21) – Gyanak Tsering

Posted by Purba Sarkar at Aug 31, 2014 03:05 PM |
CIS interviews Gyanak Tsering, Tibetan monk in exile, as part of the Cybersecurity Series.

“I have three mobile phones but I use only one to exchange information to and from Tibet. I don't give that number to anyone and nobody knows about it. High security forces me to use three phones. Usually a mobile phone can be tracked easily in many ways, especially by the network provider but my third mobile phone is not registered so that makes sure that the Chinese government cannot track me. The Chinese have a record of all mobile phone numbers and they can block them at anytime. But my third number cannot be traced and that allows me to communicate freely. This is only for security reasons so that my people in Tibet don't get into trouble.”

Centre for Internet and Society presents its twenty-first installment of the CIS Cybersecurity Series.

The CIS Cybersecurity Series seeks to address hotly debated aspects of cybersecurity and hopes to encourage wider public discourse around the topic.

Gyanak Tsering is a Tibetan monk in exile, studying at Kirti Monastery, Dharamshala. He came to India in 1999, and has been using the internet and mobile phone technology, since 2008, to securely transfer information to and from Tibet. Tsering adds a new perspective to the cybersecurity debate and explains how his personal security is interlinked with internet security and mobile phone security.


This work was carried out as part of the Cyber Stewards Network with aid of a grant from the International Development Research Centre, Ottawa, Canada.