Frontline Activists meet the Academy: Tools and Knowledge

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Frontline Activists meet the Academy: Tools and Knowledge

  1. 1. Frontline Activists meet the Academy: Tools and Knowledge Robert Guerra Global Voices Citizen Media Summit Budapest, Hungary - June 27, 2008
  2. 2. Overview <ul><li>Introduction </li></ul><ul><li>Issues </li></ul><ul><li>Questions to ask </li></ul><ul><li>Recommendations </li></ul><ul><li>Summary </li></ul>
  3. 3. Introduction <ul><li>Mission </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Strategic planning, technology and training. </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Training – Communication security, Anti-Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Advocacy – Internet Policy & Governance (ICANN, IGF, etc) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Area of focus : </li></ul><ul><ul><li>North America: USA/Canada </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Latin America & Caribbean </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Africa - Eastern Congo (DRC), South Africa </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Central Asia </li></ul></ul>
  4. 5. Issues <ul><li>Censorship </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet (web & email) </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Surveillance </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Internet (web, email), Mobile Phone </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Hacking </li></ul><ul><ul><li>Exploiting website insecurities </li></ul></ul><ul><li>Blocking & Take-down of sites </li></ul>
  5. 6. Questions to ask <ul><ul><li>Background Information </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mission </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>What is the mission of the organization? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>How communicate with others? </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Access – What is it like? </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Internet Café </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Shared Computer </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Home / Office </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Technology </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>ISP used </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mailbox – in /out of country </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  6. 7. Recommendations <ul><ul><li>Share best practices </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Tools to decrease vulnerabilities </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Open source software </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Localize </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Software & training manuals </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Support networks </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Decentralized </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Real-time help desk (Support and backup/mirror) </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Monitor / Assess success </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Short, Medium & long Term </li></ul></ul></ul>
  7. 8. Recommendations (2) <ul><ul><li>Email </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Client : </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Thunderbird + GPG Plugin </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PGP (Commercial tool) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Web: Gmail+SSL </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Mixed: Vaultletsoft, Hushmail </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Free vs Commercial </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Server: Move Mailbox to friendlier jurisdiction </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Google Apps - MX Hosting free ! </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  8. 9. Examples
  9. 11. Recommendations (3) <ul><ul><li>Chat </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Keep it simple & Multi-platform </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Peer to Peer tool (Skype) issues – Bandwidth </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Off-The-Record Enabled chat client (OTR) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Pidgin+ OTR (Adium) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Anti-Censorship </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TOR </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Psiphon </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><li>Mirroring </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Replication of blog content to mirrors </li></ul></ul></ul>
  10. 12. Recommendations (4) <ul><ul><li>Computer </li></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Disk Encryption </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Best Crypt </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>TrueCrypt (FOSS / Multi-Platform) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>PGP (Commercial) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Whole Disk Encryption </li></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>FOSS - TrueCrypt (PC) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul><ul><ul><ul><ul><li>Commercial - PGP (Win/PC) </li></ul></ul></ul></ul>
  11. 13. Q & A

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