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[liberationtech] Encryption Works: How to Protect Your Privacy in the Age of NSA Surveillance

Karl Fogel kfogel at
Tue Jul 2 15:01:09 PDT 2013

Micah Lee <micahflee at> writes:
>Freedom of the Press Foundation just published a whitepaper about how to
>protect your communications from NSA (or any other) surveillance.

Micah, thanks (& nice job).  Two quick questions:

  1) The CC-BY license info is only visible on the PDF; any reason it's
     not on the web version?

  2) Is the document available in source form (that is, whatever master
     format you edited to generate both web and PDF versions)?

The reason I ask (2) is that if someone wanted to make either an
abbreviate or an extended version of this guide, it would be easiest for
them to start from that source format.


>The whole thing was inspired by this Edward Snowden quote: "Encryption
>works. Properly implemented strong crypto systems are one of the few
>things that you can rely on. Unfortunately, endpoint security is so
>terrifically weak that NSA can frequently find ways around it."
>Specifically we go over:
>* What crypto is and what makes it secure
>* What sort of software you can trust
>* Using Tor, and global adversaries
>* How OTR works and how to use it right
>* How PGP works and how to use it right
>* How Tails can help ensure high endpoint security

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