Edward Snowden on anti-spying techologies

This July 2012 video from the USA says about itself:

William Binney is a 37 year high-ranking veteran of the NSA who resigned in order to blow the whistle on the Government’s encroaching surveillance “spying” on US citizens.. He wants Americans to know how their privacy is being violated. He was the keynote speaker at the HOPE (Hackers on Planet Earth) convention this past July in New York.

From daily The Guardian in Britain:

Edward Snowden: easy-to-use technologies can subvert surveillance

Former US spy agency contractor encourages hacking conference to back new technologies to thwart spying

Reuters in New York

Sunday 20 July 2014 01.23 BST

Edward Snowden, a former US spy agency contractor who leaked details of major US surveillance programs, called on supporters at a hacking conference to spur development of easy-to-use technologies to subvert government surveillance programs around the globe.

Snowden, who addressed conference attendees on Saturday via video link from Moscow, said he intends to devote much of his time to promoting such technologies, including ones that allow people to communicate anonymously and encrypt their messages.

“You in this room, right now have both the means and the capability to improve the future by encoding our rights into programs and protocols by which we rely every day,” he told the New York City conference, known as Hackers On Planet Earth (Hope).

“That is what a lot of my future work is going to be involved in,” he told hundreds of hackers who crowded into an auditorium and overflow rooms to hear him speak from Moscow, where he fled to last year.

He escaped the United States after leaking documents that detailed massive US surveillance programs at home and abroad – revelations that outraged some Americans and sparked protests from countries around the globe.

At the Hope hacking conference, several talks detailed approaches for thwarting government surveillance, including a system known as SecureDrop that is designed to allow people to anonymously leak documents to journalists.

Attorneys with the Electronic Frontier Foundation answered questions about pending litigation with the NSA, including efforts to stop collection of phone records that were disclosed through Snowden‘s leaks.

Snowden is seen as a hero by a large segment of the community of hackers attending the Hope conference, which includes computer experts, anti-surveillance activists, artists and other types of hackers.

The conference featured about 100 presentations on topics ranging from surveillance to hacking elevators and home routers.

See also here.

Edward Snowden has released new NSA documents revealing that British intelligence agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ) has skilled itself to intercept Skype messages and voice application: here.

Apple has been accused of intentionally installing security backdoors in some 600 million iOS devices that offer surveillance-level access to data including photos, browsing history and GPS locations: here.

In the latest revelation of unconstitutional spying on US citizens by the National Security Agency (NSA), former State Department employee John Napier Tye published his account of ongoing violations of privacy under cover of a legal fig leaf known as Executive Order 12333: here.

APPLE VS. NSA Apple has decided to stop unlocking phones with IOS 8 for law enforcement, in a move aimed at assuaging public unease with the access Apple has given the government to user data. [HuffPost]

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