12.29.16: Protect your privacy
Make sure your data is for your eyes only.
Donald Trump, who tweeted a political rival's cell phone number, said he'd "love to have" the power to hack into opponents' emails, and encouraged foreign interference in the election--then might have won because of it--is about to inherit the National Security Agency. Along with that comes vast power to spy not just on foreign entities, but also on Americans. And it's not just Trump we have to worry about: Chinese hackers, Russian hackers, and even our local police forces are using our data for monitoring and worse. Today's call to action: protect your data and keep it private.
Learn: why the NSA's spying is even scarier in a Trump presidency
- Into the abyss: the NSA's global internet surveillance--a cartoon! (ACLU)
- Trump's first 100 days: technology, privacy and intelligence (Scientific American)
- No, NSA phone spying has not ended (Fortune)
- Donald Trump is about to control the most powerful surveillance machinery in history (The Verge)
- Yahoo email scan shows U.S. spy push to recast constitutional privacy (Reuters)
Act: protect yourself and ask tech companies to help
- If you haven't already, download Signal to send encrypted text/SMS messages to friends
- Sign the ACLU's petition and tell social media companies to stop sharing data with cops
- Enable two-factor authentication on email and social media, or ask your services to support it
- Learn how to encrypt your computer, phone, and other tech devices
- Bonus item: thinking of buying Amazon Echo, Google Voice or a similar device? Think again.
Share: start contacting your friends through secure(r) channels
- Send a text through Signal! It's easy and makes you feel a little like Carmen Sandiego.
- Tag friends in this post to encourage them to download Signal and enable encryption
- Invite your friends to like Project 1461 and help us grow our community