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

Nadim Kobeissi nadim at nadim.cc
Tue Feb 26 16:04:19 PST 2013


On Wed, Feb 27, 2013 at 1:01 AM, Eva Galperin <eva at eff.org> wrote:
>
> 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.
>

Hmm. In that case people should be more careful. Cryptocat is better than
regular email/IM but in light of this sort of circumstance I'm not sure if
we can recommend it for this use case.


>
> 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.
>
> ************************************************
> Eva Galperin
> Global Policy Analyst
> Electronic Frontier Foundation
> eva at eff.org
> (415) 436-9333 ex. 111
> ************************************************
>
> 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
> >>>
> >>>
> >>> --
> >>> Kyle Maxwell [krmaxwell at gmail.com]
> >>> 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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