File Under “I Did Not Know That”

January 17, 2012

While looking for a method of backing up a blog, I came across this story at our old friends at EFF, The Electronic Frontier Foundation.

The article starts off with:

In 2011, we have witnessed the incredible power of bloggers and social media users capturing the world’s attention through their activism. At the same time, regimes appear to be quickening the pace of their cat-and-mouse game with netizens, cracking down on speech through the use of surveillance, censorship, and the persecution and detention of bloggers.

Must be talking about bloggers in countries other than this one.  Our government doesn’t conduct any of those shenanigans.

Yet.

Well……ok, maybe just a little.  It’s not like they have an agenda or anything.

The EFF recommends that, as a blogger, you should have a plan.  Their example:

All bloggers should:

  • Consider providing someone outside the country with the following information:Regularly back up their blog, Facebook, email, and other accounts

    • Login credentials to your social media, email, and blog accounts

    • Contact information of family members

    • Information about any health conditions

  • Consider mirroring your website if you want to ensure it remains up without your attention to it (Global Voices Advocacy offers instructions on mirroring a WordPress blog)

  • Encrypt sensitive files and consider hiding them on a separate drive

  • Consider using tools like Identity Sweeper (for Android users) to secure/erase your mobile data

  • Consider preparing a statement for release in case of arrest– This can be helpful for international news outlets and human rights organizations

  • Consider recording a short video identifying yourself (biographical info, scope of work) and the risks that you face and share with trusted contacts

  • Develop contacts with human rights and free expression organizations*

  • Think about a strategy/contingency plan for what to do if you’re detained (see below)

So there is a link to how to mirror your WordPress blog.  You now have a plan.  You should make time to do this today before you get any sleep.  There are vast numbers of bloggers already on the domestic terrorist list.  Vast.  We’re just small potatoes here, but some of you other sites, you’ll be the meat to go along side the small potatoes. Think you’re not on the list? Feeling lucky? Don’t wait till you see your favorite blogs main page look like this:

If you’re lucky, and somehow get detained (not indefinitly) and end up at one of the Fusion Centers for questioning, we also have a map for that here.  Somebody will ring the doorbell and ask for your immediate release.  Piece of cake.

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3 Responses to “File Under “I Did Not Know That””

  1. Mark Matis Says:

    There is only one cure for this. But instead this country’s Mere Citizens grovel before the Blue Wall Thugs with Guns.

  2. JoseyWales3633@yahoo.com Says:

    @Mark,

    You are correct, sir.


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