I missed this piece its first time around. It includes some relevant warnings and some tips to keep yourself safe.
By Helen G on the F-Word:
The recent revelations about the extent to which our everyday internet usage is subjected to interception, evaluation and retention by various government agencies have been hard to avoid. Many peoples’ reaction seems to have been to shrug and continue with everyday life; a response which - although understandable, given the great British public’s stereotypical apathy and fatalism - ultimately maintains the status quo.
My own reaction has been a little less muted: that someone - anyone - might, one day, become radicalised and politically active seems to be the only justification needed by the powers-that-be to accelerate the imposition of a totalitarian regime on the entire population of the UK - and this is something I personally consider to be completely unacceptable. Is this really the only available option? Really?
Of course, none of this is anything new, state surveillance has in all likelihood been happening for centuries, but it’s certainly been documented from the UK suffragette a century ago, through to the Greenham Common Women’s Peace Camp in the 1980s and it continues to this day, sometimes at great personal cost to individual campaigners.
As might be expected, the methods of surveillance have grown and expanded as new developments in technology have come online and, as activists have taken up the internet as a tool for organising, monitoring techniques have kept pace. In fact, looking at the NSA files, it’s clear that surveillance methods have now far outstripped the resources available to campaigners and activists, to the point where many are now wondering just who the real enemy is. Is it the potential terrorist who downloads bomb-making instructions, or is it the hapless people who inadvertently enter the “wrong” keywords into a search engine - or is it some random feminist blogger bashing out a grumpy post about the growth of the surveillance state?
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