We have described the context that engendered the need for a new privacy and security-focused communications solution. Now, we need to discuss the result and how to use it.
Let us talk about Signal.
Continue reading Secure, Private, Cross-Platform Communication with Open Whisper System’s Signal (Part 2)
We live in interesting times. In the open source community, individuals give their time to create and maintain many of the technologies that digital citizens rely upon. These products are used for a variety of reasons. They help us create content, secure our communications, and power our computers.
Continue reading Giving Back: Become an Open Source Contributor
According to the story, the NSA targets anyone who searches for online articles about Tails — like this one that we published in April, or this article for teens that I wrote in May — or Tor (The Onion Router, which we’ve been posting about since 2004). Anyone who is determined to be using Tor is also targeted for long-term surveillance and retention.
I have known that this story was coming for some time now, having learned about its broad contours under embargo from a trusted source. Since then, I’ve discussed it in confidence with some of the technical experts who have worked on the full set of Snowden docs, and they were as shocked as I was.
One expert suggested that the NSA’s intention here was to separate the sheep from the goats — to split the entire population of the Internet into “people who have the technical know-how to be private” and “people who don’t” and then capture all the communications from the first group.
An excellent English version of the original story is available here.