The SINGLE Most Important Step to Protect Yourself from Government Spying

For the average person this doesn’t matter, but the battle over online privacy is a generational once. First, the infrastructure must continue to support at least optional privacy, groups like EFF are key to this. One tactic is to try to play the government against the corporations; while both are opposed to privacy they have different agendas and opposing interests.


Second, we’ve lost an entire generation to anti-privacy – call it the Facebook Generation. Once you lose a culture of privacy, once privacy itself is considered fringe, it might be difficult to ever get it back. This cultural battle is going to be perhaps even sort of fun in a prurient way, as the issue of photos of young women online, voluntarily or involuntarily, continues to cause controversy and backlash.


Possibly related and on my reading list: Ordeal of Civility: Freud, Marx, Levi-Strauss and the Jewish Struggle with Modernity.

Sheeple: People unable to think for themselves

Unless You Know About This Spying Method, You Might Say Something Which Could Get You In Hot Water

Given that the NSA is tapping into your phone calls and spying on your Internet activities, you might have switched to a search engine which is more privacy-conscious.

You might have started using encrypted communications.  After all, NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden and the leading electronic privacy group – the Electronic Frontier Foundation – say that encryption helps to protect privacy.   On the other hand,  Tech Dirt points out that the NSA might consider you suspicious if you encrypt information, and so hold onto your data until they can decrypt it.

The above are all issues about which you are at least somewhat aware.

But there is a giant type of snooping which you probably don’t even know about.  Specifically, ABC Newsreported in 2006:

Cell phone users, beware.  The FBI…

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3 thoughts on “The SINGLE Most Important Step to Protect Yourself from Government Spying

    1. Well I never take the battery out of my phone because if the FBI wanted to wiretap me they would be bored out of their minds. The thought of them doing so amuses me. My contribution to the revolution is wasting FBI resources, I should get a medal.

      Check out a Financial Post article a link in:

      “So in a sense you are already a suspect,” Prof. Lyon said. We all are, and most people seem enthusiastic about submitting themselves to these surveillance regimes, from personal updates online to customer loyalty programs.

      “We’re going through a cultural change,” he said. “Big surveillance is still there, but we need to be aware of our own responses and our participation in surveillance.”

      It is in these cultural shadows that change first starts to take hold, but it takes major events to bring them to popular recognition. Prof. Lyon cites 9/11 as the era-defining event that changed attitudes toward surveillance, enabling the vast security expansion that followed, not just in the United States, but in Canada, where it remains visible in everything from airport security to hate speech laws.

      “We’ve lost a sense of the past, the antecedents, what happened before,” Prof. Lyon said. “What I want to suggest is that the historical background is helpful for understanding what happened after 9/11. It was there in an embryonic form.

      Another question I have, people are flocking to “DuckDuckGo” the supposedly private search engine that doesn’t track you like google does. How does anyone actually know they don’t track you? Because they said so? How did some unprovable claim by some no-name company all of a sudden get treated as gospel by so many people and press?


  1. This is sort of the same for most of the schools that still carry these sorts of nicknames. The Seminole tribe asked FSU to be “Seminoles”, I think, when the school first became co-ed in the 40s


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