By now, nearly everyone has heard of Marie Colvin’s death while covering the Syrian uprising. Speculation, which will probably never be proven one way or the other, has it that the reporter and her crew were targeted by the government through use of their satellite phone (sat phone) which they used to communicate their stories out of the country. When the story broke, my boss contacted me to do research on sat phones, specifically in respect to their use in the past to target journalists or others and security. Apparently many journalists use the phones presuming that since they aren’t using a country’s infrastructure they are untraceable, but that isn’t the case. My research uncovered that not only are sat phones traceable with the right equipment, but they have also been used in the past by Russia and other countries to track their political opponents and others. Hopefully the word gets out on the insecurity sat phones present to journalists and situation’s like that of Marie Colvin will be isolated.
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Hi y’all! My name is Divya Baliga and I’m a senior at American University . I’m majoring in Public Communications with a minor in Marketing. I’m the President of my sorority, intern 3 days a week, and take a full course load. I’ve started to realize that doing all these things while trying to maintain a social life may drive me crazy in the long run, but it’s the most beneficial lifestyle for me.
I’m originally from Jackson, Mississippi(hence the y’all) and absolutely love the hospitable attitudes of southerners, but I knew that DC was the place that I could find a future. I had the opportunity to study abroad in Prague, Czech Republic in during the Fall 2009 semester. It’s too beautiful for me to not add some pictures in! Below are two photos, one is of my best friend(Amy) and I at Prague Castle overlooking the city and the second is of a graffiti artist’s work that I saw being created at the Lennon Wall.
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As the title of this post suggests my time as a summer intern at Women for Women is over. I packed up my Fiji picture, all the goodies my boss gave me and headed on my way, and might I say I headed into a pretty intense 10 minute rain storm. Holding my bag of now wet swag I headed out into the post-internship world. I have one day of work left this entire summer and then in 2 short weeks I head off on my newest adventure, Prague! This summer has been an adventure of it’s own kind for me and I definitely learned a whole lot. I ended my last post with an exclamation of what I know I don’t want so let’s pick up there.