Coded / Episode 6
In Ethiopia, the main prison is divided into eight zones. Many refer to the rest of the country, where surveillance and repression is the default, as “Zone 9.” But Endalk Chala is fighting back. Chala spends his days as a doctoral student in Oregon, while moonlighting as an encryption expert, helping bloggers in his native Ethiopia escape capture, torture, and possible death at the hands of the government. He believes technology is the key to giving a voice back to people who are forced to stay quiet.