Privacy and Anonymity

Discussion, tools and resources for ensuring online privacy and anonymity. It's no longer a case of "if" these issues will affect you, it's "when". As Joni Mitchell sang - "That you don't know what you've got. Till its gone".

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Latest Activity: Sep 21, 2012

Privacy is like virginity - you can only lose it once

Welcome to Privacy and Anonymity

Why Privacy Matters

Privacy is central to our dignity and our basic human rights. Privacy ensures and protects our rights to free assembly and free speech, especially in areas where the governments would seek to curtail these rights. The right to privacy ensures our autonomy in the world and in our affairs.
As governments seek to protect people from terrorists, we must ensure that we don't give up our rights to privacy solely out of fear. As Benjamin Franklin said:

"They who would give up an essential liberty for temporary security, deserve neither liberty or security." [more]

Why Anonymity Matters

Many people don't want the things they say online to be connected with their offline identities. They may be concerned about political or economic retribution, harassment, or even threats to their lives. Whistleblowers report news that companies and governments would prefer to suppress; human rights workers struggle against repressive governments; parents try to create a safe way for children to explore; victims of domestic violence attempt to rebuild their lives where abusers cannot follow. [more] [and more]

Why Privacy and Anonymity Should Matter to You

Discussion Forum

Cyber Spying a Threat, and Everyone Is In on It

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Steph S. Jul 19, 2012. 5 Replies

The Facebook Threat

Started by Al-KADIM. Last reply by IAmTheBlog Aug 27, 2010. 1 Reply

Project ‘Gaydar’

Started by A Former Member. Last reply by Eric Feb 1, 2010. 1 Reply

'Googled': Biography Of A Company, And An Age

Started by A Former Member Nov 3, 2009. 0 Replies

Preserving The Open Internet

Started by A Former Member Oct 30, 2009. 0 Replies

Anonymous Messaging

Started by Фелч Гроган. Last reply by Cara Oct 2, 2009. 3 Replies

The Net Effect (and other stories)

Started by A Former Member Sep 21, 2009. 0 Replies

He Lived in Public

Started by A Former Member Sep 21, 2009. 0 Replies

Comment Wall


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Comment by Steph S. on July 19, 2012 at 7:50pm

I could use some privacy.

Comment by JayBarti on April 26, 2010 at 12:11pm
Can You Survive a Benevolent Dictatorship?
The press loves the iPad, but beware Apple's attempt to shackle your readers to its hardware
By Cory Doctorow
Comment by JayBarti on March 3, 2010 at 9:55am
Comment by IAmTheBlog on February 7, 2010 at 4:54am
That's horrible, JayBarti. It seems ridiculous to me for them to claim that there will still be free speech when people cannot publish anonymously. Many important works through history were originally published anonymously or under pseudonyms. I would think this law will almost curtail speech, which is usually not a good thing for democracy...
Comment by JayBarti on February 2, 2010 at 9:24am
South Australia outlaws anonymous political speech...

The new law, which came into force on January 6, requires anyone making an online comment about next month's state election to publish their real name and postcode.

All I can say is wow!
Comment by A Former Member on November 2, 2009 at 3:56pm
40 Years Later, Looking Back At The Internet's Birth

Forty years ago this past week, a message was sent across ARPANET, the computer network developed by the Defense Department's Advanced Projects Agency. Many people consider that the day the Internet was born. For our series "The Net at 40," Guy Raz profiles the people who worked to make that transmission happen, as well as the two university lab students who sent the first message. Their goal? Type the simple word "login."

Read or listen to here.
Comment by skye AKA rembrandt on May 13, 2009 at 8:44am
wow this group has alot of people in it
Comment by JayBarti on April 30, 2009 at 3:30pm
Ahhh the AT&T bastards are at it again... this is just another way to push for a "regulated" internet. Don't believe the hype.

Times online BS hype article

Huffington Post breakdown of the hype
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 10, 2009 at 7:51pm
Welcome OA - its nice to know you haven't been dragged away at 4am and shot. You are a brave man.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 8, 2009 at 3:00am
Rick, I think Microsoft snooping is a trivial irrelevancy. They've been doing it ever since they woke up one morning ~'95 and were surprised that there was such a thing as the internets anyway (just try and find a MS app that doesn't phone home). The reason Netscape had such a huge jump on them was because they dismissed the 'net as just a trivial bunch of BBSs for pimply geeks that can't get laid and had no place in serious (read "proprietary") computing. Since then they have been trying to subvert it by corrupting established open standards (remember J++ ? OOXML ?) and spectacularly failing. They're finally conceding defeat - they can't own the open standards that bind the 'net together and they never will. It hurts. This is why they want to get in bed with the government wherever they can. Their web snooping will be is worthless as everything else. Microsoft doesn't worry me one bit. This joint venture is irrelevant. The entire 'net has been snooped on since any of us were online. Echelon. Carnivore. Most creepy of all - Narus, AT&T and the NSA.

It is safe to asume every key stroke you have ever made online is archived in a data warehouse somewhere. If you don't believe that, you're being a little bit naive. How do you think they find "terrorist chatter" if its not by wholesale deep packet inspection of everything that passes through the internet's backbone's ? You're choice of product or system doesn't mean squat - what's important is being aware and knowing how to protect yourself.

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