Noah J Nelson on Thursday, Jun. 5th
It has been just one year since the first revelations by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden made headlines around the world and changed the conversation about privacy and security in the United States and abroad.
On this anniversary of that watershed event The Internet Defense League and Fight For The Future are encouraging people to “Reset The Net.” The idea is that by using secure communication tools and best privacy practices it will be harder for entities like the NSA to spy on citizens.
Websites like Boing Boing, Reddit and the image sharing device Imgur are spearheading the movement. This is an excerpt from the Boing Boing Reset The Net Page:
Spy agencies like the NSA can hack anyone, but they can’t hack everyone. Mass surveillance is only possible because our tools and systems make it very easy to get at our private communications by transmitting and storing them without any kind of privacy protection, like cryptographic scrambling. Reset the Net aims to fix that, making our Internet into a place where no one — not governments, crooks, or spies — can conduct indiscriminate privacy attacks on whole populations.
For most Internet users the actions come down to picking up a privacy pack that bundles the anonymized tool TOR with an encrypted chat program: Adium for Macs and Pidgin for PC and Linux. There’s also links to secure mobile tools.
The central idea is that it doesn’t take all that much to create a more secure Internet, just the willingness of the population to do something.