“If living unfreely but comfortably is something you’re willing to accept, and I think many of us are, it’s the human nature, you can get up every day, you can go to work, you can collect your large paycheck for relatively little work against the public interest, and go to sleep at night after watching your shows. But if you realize that’s the world that you helped create, and it’s going to get worse with the next generation, and the next generation, who extend the capabilities of this sort of architecture of oppression, you realize that you might be willing to accept any risk, and it doesn’t matter what the outcome is, so long as the public gets to make their own decisions about how that’s applied.”
This quote also appeared in an article in the New Yorker. It’s well worth a read.
My Friend Dr John Perivolaris shared the link with me and its title inspires the same question at the beginning of this blog post.
For more context here is the Snowden video interview on the Guardian website.
Back in 2007 when the term ‘social media’ was much cooler we called it a social media picnic. And every year since we have sat on the grass sharing food and drink, experiences and stories. We ask questions and discuss surveillance, privacy, threatened freedoms, civil liberties… all things 1984.
This year we are calling it the 1984 Symposium. Even though it happens every year.
If you can make it to Orwell’s (Eric Arthur Blair’s) grave at 11am on the 25th of June, bring a picnic and your thoughts on the question: Are we finally living in 1984?
If you wish to share your thoughts anonymously I’m afraid it’s not that easy. Those that know how to can send them to the email listed on this site. Via PGP or anonymously. Others may want to create a Jabber account. Add me at firstname.lastname@example.org and we can chat via the app ChatSecure on iOS or Gibberbot on Android. There is also the Open Source encrypted video chat platform called Jitsi.
Every year at Orwell’s Grave has been enlightening, entertaining, inspirational. One year we even got to meet a witness to Orwell’s burial.
Details of how to get there are below. Bring some food & drink, something to sit on, your thoughts regarding the question above and an open mind.
Time: 11am - till whenever.
Location: The Church of All Saints, The Green, Sutton Courtenay,
Google Map: link
Approximate Grid Reference: 51.643973,-1.270901
Bring: Food, drink, something to sit on, Answer to the Question: Are we finally living in 1984?
If you do want to attempt a decent shot at anonymity online, try working through this list…
Do your research on the topic by using the startpage.com search engine:
Try to take the time to inform yourself by reading manuals and information on the software you plan to install.
Make test runs on your internet whereabouts:
1) Buy a used laptop or android device, pay in cash.
2) Use a free software operating system (Linux: Ubuntu, Mint, Debian, Fedora) or Cyanogenmod for an Android device (+ use f-droid.org free software repository) and configure it safely
5) Do not use google, yahoo or bing. Use https://startpage.com (and configure it to be the standard engine in Firefox)
6) Don’t use your creditcard or any other personal payment solutions online.
7) Do not use Skype, use jitsi.org with a XMPP (formerly Jabber) account you’ll need to create. This will provide a solution for encrypted chat, voice and video call.
8) Don’t give away any personal data on the web.
10) There is no such thing as 100% secure. Ever.
Open Source software and mapping is the safest bet, but the only guaranteed real way to not be seen online is to not go online. And don’t hang around cameras or people who are online.
A shot from last year (2013):
I’ll be there in 2014. The 7th year running. All are welcome.