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[liberationtech] Practical Impact of NSA/Surveillance on Human Rights Orgs

KheOps kheops at ceops.eu
Sat Jul 20 18:22:15 PDT 2013


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Hey all,

Le 20/07/2013 19:16, Yosem Companys a écrit :

[...]

>> Alfredo Lopez from May First/People Link has been writing about 
>> the impact of PRISM surveillance on activists, and the
>> importance of FLOSS for activists to protect data: 
>> http://www.thiscantbehappening.net/node/1842
>> 
>> APC wrote an issue paper on F/A online last year, which includes 
>> discussion of the impact of surveillance on organising:
>> 
> https://www.apc.org/en/pubs/freedom-peaceful-assembly-and-freedom-association
>>
>>
> 
And there are of course activists in many countries, such as
>> Azerbaijan, who have felt the impact of government surveillance 
>> long before PRISM, and who have adopted a number of strategies
>> to protect themselves:
>> 
> http://www.genderit.org/articles/azerbaijan-when-online-security-synonymous-personal-safety
>>
>>
> 
I am interested to read others' experiences, and personal
>> practices for avoiding surveillance. Did these recent
>> revelations convince anyone to abandon gmail, for example?

Even though some organizations are committed to protecting free speech
and information, I do not believe that HR orgs' practices changed in
the light of PRISM revelations.

On the other hand, I think individuals here and there with a varying
level of political activism may have changed a little bit their habits.

On the longer term however, the revelations may help raise awareness
and thus help moving into the right direction, i.e. installing FLOSS
trustworthy software. I think already aware people have a big
responsibility here in explaning, raising awareness and teaching.

- From a less human rights centered perspective, I can tell the status
of European institutions is catastrophic and that I am at the moment
not able to perceive any will from them to turn to using more FLOSS.
EC, EP and EUCJ all run MS Exchange, and the staff seems in general to
be forced to have a particular version of Windows and MS Office. But
again, the matter isn't ignored by everyone and efforts may lead to
interesting developments in a longer future.

Best,
KheOps
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