Thursday, August 13, 2009

EFF offers guide for overseas activists

The Electronic Frontier Foundation has a manual advice page for activists overseas in repressive countries. It is called “Surveillance Self-Defense International: 6 Ideas For Those Needing Defensive Technology to Protect Free Speech from Authoritarian Regimes and 4 Ways the Rest of Us Can Help” The link is here.

There is a lot of detail here, including the importance of https, the right way to use Tor bridges and relays. In some cases, activists should not publish in their own names or use ISP’s who do business in their countries.

There is discussion of Pigkin and Adium X messaging programs, for use of the OTR plug-in.

It is suggested not to use SMS messaging, common on cell phones and blackberries.

EFF also suggests that the public help by running Tor bridges or exit nodes.

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