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Frontline Activists meet the Frontline Activists meet the Academy: Academy: Tools and Knowledge Tools and Knowledge Robert Guerra Robert Guerra Global Voices Citizen Media Summit Global Voices Citizen Media Summit Budapest, Hungary - June 27, 2008 Budapest, Hungary - June 27, 2008

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  • 1. Frontline Activists meet the Academy: Tools and Knowledge Robert Guerra Global VoicesCitizen Media Summit Budapest, Hungary - June 27, 2008

2. Overview

  • Introduction
  • Issues
  • Questions to ask
  • Recommendations
  • Summary

3. Introduction

  • Mission
    • Strategic planning, technology and training.
    • Training Communication security, Anti-Censorship
    • Advocacy Internet Policy & Governance (ICANN, IGF, etc)
  • Area of focus :
    • North America: USA/Canada
    • Latin America & Caribbean
    • Africa - Eastern Congo (DRC), South Africa
    • Central Asia

4. 5. Issues

  • Censorship
    • Internet (web & email)
  • Surveillance
    • Internet (web, email), Mobile Phone
  • Hacking
    • Exploiting website insecurities
  • Blocking & Take-down of sites

6. Questions to ask

    • Background Information
      • Mission
        • What is the mission of the organization?
        • How communicate with others?
      • Internet Access What is it like?
        • Internet Caf
        • Shared Computer
        • Home/ Office
      • Technology
        • ISP used
        • Mailbox in /out of country

7. Recommendations

    • Share best practices
      • Tools to decrease vulnerabilities
        • Open source software
    • Localize
      • Software & training manuals
    • Support networks
      • Decentralized
      • Real-time help desk (Support and backup/mirror)
    • Monitor / Assess success
      • Short, Medium & long Term

8. Recommendations (2)

    • Email
      • Client :
        • Thunderbird + GPG Plugin
        • PGP (Commercial tool)
      • Web: Gmail+SSL
      • Mixed: Vaultletsoft, Hushmail
        • Free vs Commercial
      • Server: Move Mailbox to friendlier jurisdiction
        • Google Apps -MX Hosting free !

9. Examples 10. 11. Recommendations (3)

    • Chat
      • Keep it simple & Multi-platform
        • Peer to Peer tool (Skype) issues Bandwidth
        • Off-The-Record Enabled chat client (OTR)
        • Pidgin+ OTR (Adium)
    • Anti-Censorship
      • TOR
      • Psiphon
    • Mirroring
      • Replication of blog content to mirrors

12. Recommendations (4)

    • Computer
      • Disk Encryption
        • Best Crypt
        • TrueCrypt(FOSS / Multi-Platform)
        • PGP (Commercial)
      • Whole Disk Encryption
        • FOSS - TrueCrypt (PC)
        • Commercial - PGP (Win/PC)

13. Q & A