%type archive - Jul 2011
The goal of ObscuraCam for Android, developed by the SecureSmartCam project, is to to design and develop a new type of smartphone camera app that makes it simple for the user to respect the visual privacy, anonymity and consent of the subjects they photograph or record, while also enhancing their own ability to control the personally identifiable data stored inside that photo or video.
ObscuraCam doesn't set out to replace training and/or best practices, but rather to introduce these concepts to a wider activist audience, as well as to raise awareness and generate discussion around the idea of "visual privacy."
To try ObscuraCam or know more about the project, please read:
According to a recent analysis from Matt Blaze, the 2010 U.S. Wiretap Report released last month provides official, essential confirmation of the assumption at the basis of several Telematics Freedom Foundation (TFF) activities.
In the report, defined "the most complete public picture of wiretapping as practiced in the US by federal and state law enforcement agencies", there are two interesting facts, according to Blaze: discouraging the incorporation of basic security technology in ICT infrastructures meant that the computers, phones, and other gadgets remained exposed to other criminals who might want to illegally exploit the very same surveillance techniques that the government hoped to preserve for itself.
However, the report says, despite dire predictions to the contrary, the open availability of cryptography has done little to hinder law enforcement's ability to conduct investigations. Even when they encountered encrypted communications, law enforcement officials have adapted their methods in order to get their work done, with one comforting result: widespread encryption, rather than shutting down police wiretaps, has actually pushed them in a more reliable and accountable direction..
. legal wiretap evidence is now much more reliable and illegal cellular intercepts are now much harder to perform.
This is exactly the principle inspiring TFF projects like User Verifiable Telematics: to provide systems that give all citizens the greatest possible guarantees that their communications will remain private and that only law enforcement officials will be able, within the limits set by law and with full accountability, to intercept them.
- 11-Jun:Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Free Digital Society" in Manchester, UK (2012-06-26)
- 11-Jun:Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Free Software and education" in Marly-le-Roi, France (2012-06-27)
- 11-Jun:Richard Stallman gives a talk about "The New Techonological Models" in Vigo, Spain (2012-07-06)
- 11-Jun:Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Free software, GNU and GCC" in Prague, Czeck Republic (2012-07-09)
- 11-Jun:Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Copyright vs. Community" in Camden, UK (2012-06-22)
- 11-Jun:Richard Stallman gives a talk about "The Free Software Movement and the GNU/Linux Operating System" in Leicester, UK (2012-06-23)
- 11-Jun:Monthly Fellowship meeting in Vienna, Austria (2012-06-15)
- 11-Jun:FSFE at Richard Stallman's talk in Dresden (2012-07-10)
- 11-Jun:"An endangered species: computer as a universal machine", Konstanz, Germany (2012-06-11)
- 11-Jun:FSFE at RMLL 2012 (2012-07-07 - 2012-07-08)
- 10-Jun:The Defensive Patent License and Other Ways to Beat the Patent System
- 08-Jun:Richard Stallman gives a talk about "Copyright vs. Community" in Munich (2012-07-11)
- 08-Jun:World's Largest Organization for Computer Professionals Comes Out Against CISPA
- 08-Jun:Open Access Victory in Successful Access2Research Petition
- 07-Jun:The Cybersecurity Act (S. 2105) Threatens Online Rights - a Handout for Your Senator
- 07-Jun:What What!: Appeals Court Affirms South Park Parody Was Obvious Fair Use
- 07-Jun:US Government Still Insisting It Can’t Be Sued Over Warrantless Wiretapping
- 07-Jun:This Week in Internet Censorship: Tiananmen Square Censorship, Libya's Article 37, Malaysia's Backslide, Kuwaiti Repression, and a Hunger Strike in Tunisia
- 04-Jun:EFF Tells CA Supreme Court Warrantless DNA Collection Unconstitutional
- 04-Jun:Why Facebook's Network Effects are Overrated