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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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

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Comment by Rick on April 8, 2009 at 12:58am
thanks for the invite. Funny thing. A couple of months ago while in San Antonio, the local give away paper had an article about the government joint venture with Microsoft. Seems that Gates and company are working with the gov to monitor things on the net. My responce to that is...
A. Switch to an Mac.
B. Swithc to Linex.
c. switch to an older version of Windows. Say windows 98...just to mess with them.
Comment by Фелч Гроган on April 5, 2009 at 8:19pm
Thanks and welcome Galen. We're working on this one issue at a time - want a kind of wiki. See the google post as an example. If you want to write a piece on Tor it would be greatly appreciated. Remember - an idiot proof guide is what were after.
Comment by Galen Thurber on April 5, 2009 at 12:57pm
Outstanding free privacy products:

full featured fast & secure operating system

keep your passwords in a safe, keep that safe on a flash drive. Also works under linux via wine. Mypasswordsafe for linux

Free open-source disk encryption software for Windows Vista/XP, Mac OS X, and Linux
use it on your Flash drives as well!
Comment by Galen Thurber on April 5, 2009 at 12:49pm
I suggest using TOR

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