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

Roger Dingledine arma at mit.edu
Tue Feb 26 16:48:00 PST 2013


On Tue, Feb 26, 2013 at 04:01:03PM -0800, Eva Galperin wrote:
> I'm not sure that I would support ranking drug cartels as a less
> technologically sophisticated threat than the government in Mexico.

When we did a Tor talk for the US DEA in January, one of the use cases
we explained for Tor was law enforcement doing investigations without
putting their families at risk.

After the talk, one of the agents came up to me and explained that he
was being relocated to Bogota, with his family, and yes he and they
would be using Tor all the time. And then he said he was much happier
going to Colombia than Mexico. "I will never set foot in Mexico, not on
vacation or anything. That place scares the hell out of me."

Maybe this says as much about how Bogota has changed as it does about
Mexico. And of course (fortunately) we're not all DEA agents. But it
was certainly a new perspective on Mexico for me.

--Roger




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