Sudan’s National Congress Party’sOnline Monitoring ArmA look at the numbers and objectivesJuly 2, 2012
The NCP Not the Sudan✤ The government of Sudan does not appear to have a system in place to monitor online activities✤ The ruling party, however, appear to have a relatively large-scale operation✤ Distinction is important and begs the question of funding
Operations Room✤ Employs a total of 210 individuals✤ Spread across 5 different departments embedded in governmental institutes + headquarters✤ Operate on 77 computers. This is not a typo. Seventy-seven computers for the 210 staff
Technology Used✤ Very little information is available about the tools they use✤ Appear to use site stats sites like Alexa.com to gauge popularity of sites
Engagement✤ Systematically troll the sites and then point out that ‘opposition’ site admins remove content (comments, polls, etc) that doesn’t suit them✤ All trolling is done manually with very little automation if any✤ Create sites and generate as much trafﬁc to them using their own people✤ Still unable to get a fraction of what opposition sites get
Conclusion✤ The 210-strong division sees online threats as minor and made-up of citizens in diaspora✤ Dismisses diaspora as virtual only and unable to translate to action on the ground✤ The team is substantial and they take it seriously✤ So should you.