Rights

The following quote from this article applies to so many things, but particularly I think every day about how it applies to our privacy. Every time we send an email or visit a web site we do so in plain sight. We are sitting in our homes or offices inside the comforts which that provides but such a sense of security is misapplied if you expect the things you do online enjoy the same. I wonder how many people are aware of the absolute insecurity and lack of privacy inherent in their online activities. Many will say “I have nothing to hide”. Perhaps, but this is an abdication of your right to an expectation of privacy. If you dont use it, it will be taken away from you. So, as a technology user and admirer and being concerned about the exersise of our rights, please look into what is available to you to practice onlne privacy. You can start by reading up on the topic (I’ll post some links below) and then doing something about it. My primary recommendation would be some sort of email encryption, and making sure you have secure (SSLor TLS) type connections to your email service provider.

Relevant links:
Schneier article.
Privacy Tools.
CDT Guide.
Wikipedia article.
EFF (see #12).

“It astonishes me to find… [that so many] of our countrymen… should be contented to live under a system which leaves to their governors the power of taking from them the trial by jury in civil cases, freedom of religion, freedom of the press, freedom of commerce, the habeas corpus laws, and of yoking them with a standing army. This is a degeneracy in the principles of liberty… which I [would not have expected for at least] four centuries.”–Thomas Jefferson, 1788

And if you are so inclined, my GnuPG key data.
A7BC8236
4A47 A3D5 C4D9 7262 3515 2722 04C4 5A7D A7BC 8236

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