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

Preface:

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

Wonderland: Training Ground for Budding Imperialists?

On Friday, March 5th an old tale was yet again returned to the media landscape in order to generate capital, and institute cultural markers via entertainment. In a review of Alice in Wonderland The Times Online makes an astute observation, showing how markets and the careful construction of images play a crucial role in how stories are told (retold):

Commercial considerations have also made Alice 19 years old, for the all-important teen market. Burton lets her break the Victorian mould and become an empowering, feminist figure as she puts on some Joan of Arc armour, grabs the vorpal sword and roars “off with your head” at the Jabberwock. In all, a fantastic film that gets curiouser and curiouser.

But, rather than following through with some sort of deeper analysis the reviewer’s deconstruction only focuses on alterations for market-value and entertainment purposes. What of the rest of the film? Continue Reading