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

Karl Fogel kfogel at
Wed Jul 3 15:15:20 PDT 2013

Micah Lee <micahflee at> writes:
>I have added the CC license to the bottom of the web version:
>And I've also uploaded the source LibreOffice ODT, so it'll be easier
>for people to create derivative works:

Wonderful, thanks (and I see you put a link to the ODT at the bottom of
the web page too).


>On 07/02/2013 03:01 PM, 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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