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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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

Know Privacy (new privacy website)

Started by JayBarti Jun 3, 2009. 0 Replies

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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 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 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 Galen Thurber on April 5, 2009 at 12:57pm
Outstanding free privacy products:

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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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