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(en) France, Alternative Libertaire AL #232 - Monitoring: Coupons big ears (fr)[machine translation]

Date Sat, 09 Nov 2013 17:50:52 +0200


Snowden's revelations have highlighted the extent of surveillance which citizens are subject. Far from being confined to a few individuals "suspects", spy programs devour every day more data. But alternatives emerge. ---- Disgusted by the systematic monitoring, Edward Snowden, a former CIA agent and NSA, contact the Guardian to confirm that the United States is trying to monitor most electronic exchanges that pass through the planet. With proven strength, journalists begin to describe the enormous resources implemented, using all the techniques of hacking available. What also surprises, besides the means used, is that government agencies seem determined to build, in the case of the United States, a data center in Utah that should be able to eventually store the all Internet traffic for many years.

Nobody knows by whom or how analyzed the gigantic mass of data. But no matter, the records will be ready when a citizen "deviant" has been spotted. If one wonders what solutions adopted, some have already taken the lead for the defense of privacy.

Discretion = Logout

It is currently difficult to assess the degree of compromise of electronic exchanges but we know that both the hardware manufacturers that access or software manufacturers suppliers are involved. What goes through their channels is rarely confidential. Some and some are fighting against this fact. This is the case of collective Riseup: his outstanding work promoting for several years the values ââof sharing knowledge, horizontal decision-making and equality. It provides systems and email list much more secure and anonymous than most similar services. A VPN (Virtual Private Network) is currently being developed and a system of collaborative platform to allow users to continue to conduct their activities without directly inform the police first question. However, the use of these tools is not enough to guarantee anonymity, blur its location requires the use of Proxy, these systems greatly slowing surfing (like the Tor network) servers. These "annoyances" are the price to pay for those who wish to exchange freely and this from a landline configured correctly. It also requires no exchange of information via mobile phone, let alone the smartphone, real spy worn with consent.

Securing network traffic is extremely energy resources and time. In addition to these technical precautions vigilance to ensure that what is transmitted does not compromise others. In the end the direct exchange through meetings is still the safest way communication and that it may be welcomed.

Nico (AL Paris North East)
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