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[liberationtech] Mexico's most vulnerable reporters lack digital security skills

Eva Galperin eva at eff.org
Tue Feb 26 16:01:03 PST 2013


I'm not sure that I would support ranking drug cartels as a less
technologically sophisticated threat than the government in Mexico.
While there isn't a lot of evidence that drug cartels have used
technologically sophisticated means to track down anonymous/pseudonymous
bloggers and journalists, corruption is sufficiently widespread that if
my life depended on it, I would assume that the drug cartels could have
access to the same information that the government has through bribery
and threats.

There are circumstances in which I would support the use of Cryptocat by
Mexican journalists (and it's certainly an improvement over sending
messages in the clear, which many Mexican journalists are doing) but
transmitting information which you would like to keep secret from drug
cartels is probably not one of them.

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Eva Galperin
Global Policy Analyst
Electronic Frontier Foundation
eva at eff.org
(415) 436-9333 ex. 111
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On 2/25/13 1:36 PM, Nadim Kobeissi wrote:
> Hi,
> At Cryptocat we are developing an easy to use instant messaging tool that
> is available in 34 languages. It encrypts all of your conversations,
> preserves your privacy and works in your browser.
> 
> If you are a Mexican journalist and your opponent is not highly skilled in
> information technology intelligence (not a government, but a drug cartel)
> then you should try Cryptocat. It does not leave a record of conversations
> anywhere and does not transmit anything in the clear.
> 
> Get Cryptocat here: https://crypto.cat
> Make sure to read the warnings on the site to get familiar with the app's
> limitations.
> 
> 
> NK
> 
> 
> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 10:13 PM, Brian Conley <brianc at smallworldnews.tv>wrote:
> 
>> Hi Kyle,
>>
>> I've been developing a tool called StoryMaker for journalists and citizen
>> journalists.
>>
>> It's private/secure by design, so ideal for this use case.
>>
>>  There is a 10 lesson curriculum in mobile digital safety, and the app
>> itself that could all be translated into Spanish. Then perhaps the app
>> and/or curriculum might be used to educate and assist them in their work?
>>
>> https://www.transifex.com/projects/p/storymaker/language/es/
>>
>> Resources 20-29 + 210 are the digital safety lessons.
>>
>> cheers
>>
>> brian
>>
>> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:04 PM, Kyle Maxwell <krmaxwell at gmail.com> wrote:
>>
>>> I'm curious how the infosec community, particularly those of us who
>>> speak and write Spanish, can assist in helping Mexican activists and
>>> journalists. I understand that a large portion of that community
>>> actively exchanges data on Twitter; any pointers would be appreciated.
>>>
>>> Feel free to contact me off-list if desired.
>>>
>>> On Mon, Feb 25, 2013 at 1:02 PM, G.W. Schulz <gwschulz30 at gmail.com>
>>> wrote:
>>>>> "Most Mexican journalists and bloggers reporting on highly sensitive
>>>>> topics (such as crime, corruption, violence and human rights issues)
>>> do not
>>>>> fully understand the risks and threats they face when they use digital
>>> and
>>>>> mobile technology, even though the topics they cover make them even
>>> more
>>>>> vulnerable, a new survey by Freedom House and the International Center
>>> for
>>>>> Journalists finds."
>>>>
>>>>
>>>>
>>> http://ijnet.org/stories/mexicos-most-vulnerable-reporters-lack-digital-security-skills
>>>
>>>
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>>> http://www.xwell.org
>>> Twitter: @kylemaxwell
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>>
>>
>>
>> --
>>
>>
>>
>> Brian Conley
>>
>> Director, Small World News
>>
>> http://smallworldnews.tv
>>
>> m: 646.285.2046
>>
>> Skype: brianjoelconley
>>
>>
>>
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