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WSIS: Circumventing censorship and staying safe

Here is a picture from the workshop on secure communications and anonymous blogging conducted by my colleague Ethan Zuckerman, Dmitri Vitaliev of Frontline Defenders, Wojtek Bogusz of the Tactical Technology Collaborative, and Nart Villeneuve of the Open Net Initiative. These guys are basically the dream geek team for free speech on line. They gave instructions in detail about how non-governmental organizations, human rights groups, and individuals trying to speak the truth under dangerous circumstances can secure their communications and data, and minimize the likelihood that people will get caught or arrested as a result of their work. The second part of the workshop was devoted to anonymous blogging.

Much of the instructions they gave today can be found in the chapters on secure communications and anonymous blogging in the Reporters Without Borders Handbook for Bloggers and Cyberdissidents. (Try here if that link is blocked for you.)  Many of the tools they referenced can be found at the NGO-in-a-box website where you can download trustworthy and free software. There are also instructions on how to use these tools and tips about how to be more security-conscious. Also see the Tools & Manuals section from Frontline Defenders.
 

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  • The people’s mass consciousness via the ever growing Power of the Internet is being educated, elevated and expanded exponentially among truly humane positive people worldwide.

    On the Internet we constantly compose, transmit and share our ideas, opinions and analyses on the global big picture, on social politics and on current events via websites, blogs, online groups, activist lists, Emails, Instant Messages and other forms of multi-media.

    Thus, more and more humane minds of reason with compassionate souls are coming together, discussing their differences and seeking common ground for coming and working together. All this is happening on a global level and we are getting wiser exponentially, not just mathematically.

    Thus, the established powers of evil governments and agencies ‘in power and secure’ are more and more insecure, vengeful and threatened by all these free flowing mass communications among people now out of their immediate control. Even U.S. soldiers stuck in Iraq are postings Anti-Iraq-nam / Pro-Peace Blogs. Nowadays, reactionary government mass liars, military personnel and police powers are losing the war for the control and direction of mass psychology and the ‘collective soul consciousness’ of these times.

    Our historical enemies are becoming more and more powerless, unstable and insecure because of the massive wealth of news, education and information that is being transmitted in these troubled times among millions of people via the Internet.

    Towards Harmony Among Humanity!
    Peter S. Lopez {aka Peta} _ Field Coordinator
    Sacramento, California, USA
    Yahoo Email: sacranative~at~yahoo.com
    http://www.digitaldivide.net/profile/sacranative
    http://groups.yahoo.com/group/Humane-Rights-Agenda/

  • […] More coverage of net censorship and staying anonymous when publishing online. Be aware and be careful. Global Voices Online » Blog Archive » WSIS: Circumventing censorship and staying safe Here is a picture from the workshop on secure communications and anonymous blogging conducted by my colleague Ethan Zuckerman, Dmitri Vitaliev of Frontline Defenders, Wojtek Bogusz of the Tactical Technology Collaborative, and Nart Villeneuve of the Open Net Initiative. These guys are basically the dream geek team for free speech on line. They gave instructions in detail about how non-governmental organizations, human rights groups, and individuals trying to speak the truth under dangerous circumstances can secure their communications and data, and minimize the likelihood that people will get caught or arrested as a result of their work. The second part of the workshop was devoted to anonymous blogging. […]

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