Surveillance undermines privacy for social control. Cryptography is a tool for rearranging those structures by encoding information to ensure free expression.

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Democracy means Surveillance

Democracy presumes transparency: a marketplace of ideas, in which decisions are made in the open. Of course, in an unequal society, transparency puts some people at risk—the employee who could be fired for expressing the wrong opinion, the immigrant who fears deportation—while the powerful can feign transparency as they make back-room deals. In practice, political transparency simply equips intelligence agencies to monitor the populace, preparing reprisals for when dissidents get out of hand—and what government could maintain its authority without intelligence agencies?

Topics: democracy, posters, surveillance
Authors: CrimethInc
Publisher: CrimethInc

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Digital Security for Activists

Even if you don’t personally need privacy, practicing secure communication will ensure that others have the ability to freely organize and agitate.

Topics: direct-action, surveillance
Authors: Anonymous
Publisher: The Riseup Collective

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Direct Action Survival Guide

Tools to master when considering direct actions. This guide covers affinity groups, personal and group health, police and jail questions, first aid, and preparation.

Topics: direct-action, health, introduction, protests, surveillance
Authors: Scott Weinstein
Date: 2003

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March Hare Communication Security Guide

This guide will walk you through the steps needed to encrypt your laptop, phone, email, web browsing, and text messages, by activists, for activists.

Topics: introduction, protests, surveillance
Authors: Anonymous
Publisher: March Hare Communications Collective
Date: December 2016

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NSA Surveillance and the Case of Sherman Austin

Former political prisoner and former webmaster of , Sherman Austin talks about NSA wire-taps and FBI “anti-terrorism” surveillance used against him shortly after 9/11.

Topics: anarchism, direct-action, history, police, surveillance
Authors: Sherman Austin
Editors: Akwala
Publisher: Pirate Press Olympia
Date: February 23, 2006

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Policing on the Global Scale

On the relationship between current military operations, crowd control techniques, the technologies of surveillance and control and their increasing intrusion into our daily lives.

Topics: anarchism, direct-action, militarism, police, surveillance
Authors: Anonymous
Publisher: Venomous Butterfly Productions
Date: February 2003

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Security Culture

A Handbook for Activists. This is a handbook for the Canadian activist who is interested in creating and maintaining security awareness and culture in the radical movements.

Topics: direct-action, police, protests, surveillance
Authors: Anonymous
Publisher: Tao.CA
Date: 2001

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The New State Repression

Today's political repression differs fundamentally from the repression practiced around the world in the past. The most basic difference is on the level of stragy--the general approach of the state, the outlook of the ruling class. Their belief is that insurgency is not an occasional, erratic idiosyncrasy but a constant occurrence--permanent insurgency, which calls for a strategy of permanent repression as the full-time task of the security forces.

Topics: introduction, militarism, police, protests, surveillance
Authors: Ken Lawrence, Kristian Williams
Publisher: Tarantula Publishing and Distribution
Date: 2006

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The Student Movement of 1968

If 1968 was anyone's year, it was the year of the students. From Peking to Prague to Paris to Berkeley, students sparked the movements which marked 1968, and more than any other group, it was their international practice which made the New Left a global movement.

Topics: class, direct-action, history, surveillance
Authors: George Katsiaficas
Publisher: Radical Praxis
Date: 1987

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Voices of Resistance from Occupied London

Anarchist Quarterly Journal of Theory an ACtion from the British Capital After the Empire, Issue One

Topics: anarchism, capitalism, media, periodicals, surveillance
Authors: Alesso L, Autonis V, Dimitris D, Fani T, Franco Berardi, James Horrox, Jean Baudrillard, Mike Davis, Rikki
Publisher: Footprint Worker's Cooperative
Date: Spring, 2007

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You Call This Freedom

In this pamphlet, Chaz Bufe looks closely at the common belief that the United States is a 'free country,' comparing rhetoric with reality. He considers common conceptions of freedom, why so few 'freedom loving Americans' actually have any understanding of freeom, and why so few have any respect for it. Bufe traces this lack of understanding and lack of respect to the various American institutions of the public. He concludes by examining the nature of freedom, especially aspects of it which are never mentioned in 'the miseducation system' or the corporate media.

Topics: anarchism, capitalism, democracy, media, surveillance, theory
Authors: Chaz Bufe
Publisher: See Sharp Press
Date: 2004