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

Ximin Luo infinity0 at
Tue Jul 2 16:47:29 PDT 2013

+1 for source. Since crypto is hard to get right, it could definitely do with
more eyes fixing things and refining the explanations to be clearer. The
cryptoparty handbook[1] shares a similar goal. I have various concerns about
the quality of the content with little time to review it properly, which makes
it all the more important for there to be a unified effort in producing this
sort of document.


On 02/07/13 23:01, Karl Fogel wrote:
> 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.
> Best,
> -Karl
>> 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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