All posts by Jacques Laroche

A Practical Guide to Online Security

With the recent revelation of extensive NSA spying, many questions  have jumped to the forefront: What is the history and extent of the surveillance? What is the Obama Administration’s relationship to the surveillance program?  How can we secure our Anonymity online?

For over 18 months I have been working on a document that answers these questions. The result is ‘Anonymity in the Swarm: a practical guide to online security’.

Main aims of the manual:

Demystify Technology by explaining key aspects of current technology in every-day language.

Provide a framework for action by showing how various tools can be used to securely browse the internet, send/receive encrypted email, etc. all in a step-by-step fashion.

On The Indiana State Prison Lockdown


This is a statement of fact and analysis written collaboratively between folks on the inside and the outside of Indiana prisons. Our goal here is to contribute to opposing and actively resisting all forms of domination, be they imposed directly by the state or manifested through structural inequalities and prejudices.

Recap of Recent Events:

On the morning of 7-16-2011, an alleged white supremacist was stabbed and killed by two alleged Latin Disciples. The attack took place at Pendleton Correctional Facility in the Maximum Security area of the prison. The murder, coming on the heels of inmate murders at Miami Correctional Facility and Pendleton Correctional Facility earlier in the year, was the stated pretense for putting all institutions in the state on lock down and conducting thorough, far reaching searches. Continue Reading

Solidarity with the California Prisoner Strikes

Nearly 1% of the U.S. population is now imprisoned.  Three times as many are under some other form of judicial control:  probation, supervision, parole, house arrest, etc.  These millions are not managed as people, capable of political speech and participation in community, but as bodies to be herded in and out of cages.  A myriad of measures have been developed over the past decades to silence prisoners and penalize them for speaking or writing about their conditions. Continue Reading