Local Tech Activists Advise You to NOT Use a Computer?

During the aftermath of the Iranian elections, protesters widely utilized Twitter to communicate. More and more, activists in foreign countries ruled by oppressive governments are using social networking and the Web to connect with each other. Of course, when even the U.S. government has employed controversial surveillance tactics against its citizens, using the Internet is not a foolproof means of keeping correspondence under wraps. That's where local champs of civil liberties in the digital world, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, come in. This team of technology experts and lawyers have been going to bat for free speech, among other issues, since 1990. You can peruse a list of their court cases here.

Today the EFF released a guide called “Surveillance Self-Defense International.” The guide is exactly what it sounds like: a six-step manual that helps online dissenters living in authoritarian regimes cover their digital tracks and try to remain anonymous.

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