Recent #snowden posts:

  • Snowden says don't use Wifi, I explain why Snowden said this week: "I wouldn't use WiFi at home, because global maps of every wireless access point's unique ID—including yours—are free and constantly updated. I would use ethernet; yes, ethernet on a phone." Using ethernet on your phone? I explain why you shouldn't turn your wifi router on, and why you shouldn't turn your phone into a hotspot. It's shocking how unsafe it makes your location. Resources from the video: USB-C to ethernet adapter: Lightening to ethernet adapter: provides an amazing resource for WiFi mapping. They also respect the privacy of anyone who requests their information to be removed from the database. To have records of your access point removed from their database send an email to: WiGLE-admin[at] (please include BSSID (MAC) in removal requests). Also, append the tag ‘_nomap’ or ‘_optout’ to your SSID to stop other website tracking your location. #privacy #surveillance #opsec #snowden #wifi

  • Everything you need to know about Snowden's book "Permanent Record", and why he's being sued for it Snowden's new book "Permanent Record" is a brilliantly insightful commentary on the state of the world. It's a chilling examination of the current global surveillance apparatus that he helped to build, and a nostalgic look at the early internet and everything that we've lost since then. I go over my favorite passages, and my biggest takeaways from the book. Also, visit the organization Snowden is President of: 1:17 - why the book is important, Snowden's philosophical view, why we might not want to trust what the government tells us 3:28 - bitcoin, today's crash, DOJ suit will "be good for bitcoin", Snowden's bitcoin usage (more in this interview with Snowden here: ), how private is bitcoin? 6:44 - this book will be good for bitcoin, why the govt wants to ban the book, how to donate crypto to Snowden, learning about encryption and privacy techniques at Snowden's organization visit 9:22 - encryption is important (for everything, not just money), how the internet functions (different protocols), why you shouldn't use credit cards or bank cards: use cash and hard money 12:52 - First thoughts on book - I went from thinking sovereignty of money was the most important thing we can do as a society, to realizing that maintaining privacy was just as important -- not just for ourselves, but to protect everyone 15:54 - Our superficial understanding of surveillance and how it goes much deeper than we realize. We understand PRISM intellectually since 2013, but the scope of surveillance outlined in this book is mind boggling. Every single phone call, email, photo, conversation had close to a microphone, thing typed on a keyboard (even if never searched for) is recorded and stored FOREVER in a permanent record and this information is accessible and easily searchable by huge numbers of NSA workers who have "the keys to the kingdom" with almost no oversight, and no prosecution for breaking the law and searching our private histories (because to charge these people would be to admit these illegal govt programs exist). Google created an index so this database can be easily searched, pulling up recordings and even screen recordings of your computer/phone. 27:48 - the solution is encryption. "Deleting" things doesn't delete them. Encrypt, don't delete. Rely on yourself, don't rely on a broken system to fix the problem they created. 30:15 - history of the cypherpunks. They knew cryptography was the answer. What happened since? How was the early internet different from today? "To this day, I consider the 1990s online to have been the most pleasant and successful anarchy I've ever experienced." 36:05 - Move from early internet of freedom to current internet where online identity is inextricably linked to real identity. How it creates a more polarized society. How a permanent record hurts children growing up in the digital age, and enforces "fidelity to memory, identarian consistency, and ideological conformity" 43:00 - difference between your country and the state. The deep state is not the underground cabal we expect. We're in the Orwellian nightmare we always dreaded, we just haven't figured it out yet because it's comfortable. 47:50 - We need to face the fact that we're in an Orwellian surveillance state, reject the idea that "it's not that bad" because it's already sinister and going to get progressively worse for our children, and start taking individual responsibility and make informed choices. Snowden's first encounter with "the chain of command" and "proper channels", and how these failed him because our system is broken. 53:33 - Why the system is designed to never allow change, why our democracy currently isn't work, and those in power are disincentivized to change regardless of the opinions of the majority. "Getting its rules changed to serve the interests of the majority would involve persuading the rule makers to put themselves at a purposeful disadvantage ... the people who create the rules have no incentive to act against themselves." Recommended Books: Permanent Record - Edward Snowden What has the government done to our money - Rothbard Naomi's Privacy Bag: some of my favorite products to help protect your privacy! Use the Brave browser! Faraday bag wallet (signal stopping, to protect your fob, credit card, and phone) Data Blocker (if you're charging your phone in an unknown port, use this so that no data is transferred) Computer privacy screen (use your computer in public? Keep your information safe!) Phone privacy screen (don't let people in public see your private data) #snowden #surveillance #privacy

  • Snowden: Privacy and Bitcoin, at Bitcoin 2019 Conference It was an incredible honor for me to introduce Snowden at Bitcoin 2019 this year. He was the most wonderful speaker, and focused on privacy in his talk: the importance of privacy, the difficulty of achieving it, and how "lack of privacy is an existential threat to bitcoin." He also encouraged everyone in the interest of privacy to deny that they own any Bitcoin. Thank you so much for sharing your time with us, Snowden. #bitcoin #privacy #snowden #surveillance #blockchain

  • Happy Birthday Edward Snowden! "The NSA has built an infrastructure that allows it to intercept almost everything. With this capability, the vast majority of human communications are automatically ingested without targeting. If I wanted to see your emails or your wife's phone, all I have to do is use intercepts. I can get your emails, passwords, phone records, credit cards. I don't want to live in a society that does these sort of things... I do not want to live in a world where everything I do and say is recorded. That is not something I am willing to support or live under." - Edward Snowden Today is Edward Snowden's birthday. At Porcfest Jeffrey Tucker organized for everyone to sing happy birthday to Edward Snowden, and then we celebrated with cake. "There have been times throughout American history where what is right is not the same as what is legal. Sometimes to do the right thing you have to break the law." - Edward Snowden Music: YTcracker - I Did It My Way, check out his stuff, he's the greatest #snowden #surveillance #porcfest #censorship