Stay anonymous online…

Hello,

Thanks for passing by here and read my post, I have not written any post since a while now.

Today I would like to  talk about the staying anonymous online. Unfortunately in many countries this right is being more and more under threat. In UK very recently the government is proposing to a new law to monitor all the traffic on your phone/emails/Twitter/Facebook for security purpose so the officials says.

U.S had done a very similar thing about 10 years ago after the most famous event. This was Patriot Act. I am not sure that this has been efficient on prevention of terrorism. Moreover this legislation did not made the U.S citizen any safer in my opinion but made their democracy under more threat than before.

If you had watch Loose Changes, there is a lot speculation on going which I don’t really agree with. In fact I am not interested to know the truth on these events. However what I can see that if someone famous on mass media says publicly that he don’t believe to the officials explanation of 9/11 events, he got censored and face a lot of pressure from all the media. To me that shows that something is wrong there because the Freedom of Speech is under threat, and that the U.S officials doesn’t want people to ask questions on this.

I feel we’re on a  society of consumption without any consciousness. We’re using technology without thinking of the impact it has on the society. It transform us all. Yet the global leaders of most nations underestimate theses changes and are trying to make law new without understanding the network itself, nor how the world change quickly for something that no one understand yet.

Anonymous appeared because they don’t believe in any form of officials explanations, that could be from company officials, countries officials, and many others. So they protest online ….DDoS attack are useless in my opinion only dissruptive. And that make the games of the politicians.Why do we feels that the government lie to us ? I guess this feeling is not new. The web have reduced the distance between me and you, and unofficial s ideas are conveyed in instants.

This is why it is important to have the right to publish on Twitter/Facebook/Blogging anonymously, the government need a watchdog to ensure that he acts for the people and not to tell them what to think. What’s better watchdog other than people themselves ?

Yet the safety argument is false argument to me because monitoring every form of communication would generate a lot of data to analyze in real time ,and I am not sure it would prevent from a terrorist attack. Does the CCTV have prevented crimes ? I would like to see the figures. The UK government have not said much how they gonna do it.

More pragmatically I have been to a famous shop in London few week ago and you can buy a hardware encrypted phone(Not a software one, such as app on Android or IPhone). You need a pair of them to make it work. I have asked to the representative the stupid question why people need to get such phone ? The person told me that some people requires confidentiality… Connect the dot now… Moreover I am sure the people who makes such legislation are not aware of how Internet works. On top of that if you go online , I just look for 5 minutes and I found a lot how to encrypt a an SMS text using your iphone : http://guyism.com/tech/black-sms-encrypts-your-text-messages.html. The text are encrypted in AES (Advance Encryption Standard), and anyone who has little knowledge in cryptography know that it is very difficult to decipher, especially in real time !

I don’t think such a law would prevent terrorism, nor makes people any safer, just taking away some of our privacy.

The revolution is global

The current anonymous tends is to blame the bank and the political system for the world uncertainty problem, in the whealthy countries problem. I disagreee with their current way of thinking and will not participate to their movement, because I think it is too easy to blame the only  the bank for the all economic problems as the anonymous tends to lead us think. There is no straight forwad issues on this matter. Nor my speech in favor of the banks interest. The politicians have also participate to set up such a economic systems where the bankers an play.

In 2011 the world have changed in the middle east and magrehb countries  very deeply throught several revolutions or uprising, Tunisia, Egypt, Libya, and Syria, and there is also other countries which we don’t hear so much Barhain, Yemen, Maroc, and in Algeria. I believe this has happen because the reality in most of their countries showed a huge differences between  the rich and the poor in addition of a lack of a prospect for the young generation, in addition of massive corruption.  A year ago no would have taught that a such uprising would have been possible. The power is slighly coming back to the people, rather than a few dictators and that’s very good news.

At the same time in Europe, politicals / diplomats / business man , and others officials have made business with those dictators to get natural ressources such as petrol or gas or making business.Stable and corrupted regime in these countries have arranged the Europe interest for long time meanwhile most of European behave as superior, proud of the values it carries such as  human right. For once politicals / diplomats / or any other officials, bankers should learn about what happen in these countries, but I guess they wont. The world is changing and will never be the same again. They should understand that the power is getting back to the people ! You cannot mute people ! If in Europe politics continues to be in favor of a wealth minority, rather than doing a politics in favor of the people then the revolution will spread in Europe, and it could happen more quickly than they taught. I am sure they think now it impossibe ! Like what people would have taught a year ago that dictators would never fall ! The movement for more democracy in Russia is groing.

Where would that movement will go ?

In 2012 there is lot a key elections are coming up in many countries U.S, France, Russia, and the world in this turmoil will change for more revolution I believe. In each of theses three countries many laws were voted in favor of the wealth person to be even more wealthy, and not voted to protect the people citizen despite what they claim. When will that really change ? This situation cannot last for ever.

“First they ignore you, then they ridicule you, then they fight you, then you win” [Mahatma Ghandi]

Troy Davis

Dear reader…

Thanks for all the comment I had so far. Last week Troy Davis died, after the emotional traumatism it has cause in the United States, and it other countries in the world, it seems life has continued, and  sadly with time his execution will be forgotten, and no lessons would be learn from his death.

When Obama has been elected in 2008 there was hope that this country will change for the better. Indeed it was the first time in the United States history that a black man entered to the white house. Sadly he remained silent and did not try to take part for Troy Davis. At the same time last week he said explicitly that he will not support the application to the U.N for a Palestinian state. He will support Israel.  In my opinion Mr Obama is seeking to be relected next year and therefore he has been advised to not take position in order to gather more votes among the largest possible people.

But how about the people ? The black people who contribute to elected him ? I suppose people have voted  for Mr Obama because  they had hopes. There had hopes beause he has be able to gather the black and white community. They’re was hope for a better justice system. And for me that is in this kind of situations, that the president should taken a strong positon in favor of  Troy Davis.

People would have expected Mr Obama to have convictions and intergrity regarless of his electoral sake.

Mr Obama consider  that United States a great country and civilized country. I beleive, Mr Obama have lost credibility when he says that he is seeking justice, because his silence shows that you his interests prime over his convictions.

Here you can see a video of Tim Wise an anti-racist activist doing a plege after  Troy Davis execution . His pledge is very interesting and ask a lot of questions about the american system and values. Unfortunately his speech is not complete on the video. I am a European and I don’t know so much of the american history. But I can see that George Washington, Thomas Jefferson, Abraham Lincoln had values and morality, and they have contribute to build, the idea the nations of the United States of America. What are the values that nows United States shows to the world ?

In Europe we heard about this Troy David death, people were also shocked. Sadly, because of the economical crisis the media are more concerned about their national debt, the greek bail out, so they have less covered  Troy Davis excution news.  The death penality have been abolished, and it has been widely accepted by the population that death penality wasn’t right.

One the book which has started to inspired people was “the last day of a condemned man”. I remember to have read this book when I was a teenager, and this book stayed in mind. One particularity of this book is that the reader do not know about the crime commited, by the condemned man. People could argue that they want to know the crime. However Victor Hugo have wonderfully describe the feeling at the first person of the condemned .  Whatever he has done, and the condeemn whish to redeem himself. The death penaly is not right and just, because it does not give a chance of the condemn to have hope to changes.

Morever when the case of Troy Davis where they was a lot of doubt of his guilt he was still executed. As Tim Wise have stated in his speech the supreme court judge this at the very last minute of his execution. Why ? How a judgment of man life could be taken in a hurry ? At the same time we see can Apple suing competitors because of copyright infridgment taking a lot of time. I beleive there is  a team  of lawyers who get enormous royalties if they win Apple case. At the same time there wasn’t hurry among laywers to defend Troy David because he could afford to have a bench of lawyers  to defend his case. Yes that is the justice is led by money more than sense of values, morality and human rights.

So for me the Anonymous movement is  born to the reactions of this injustice, among many others. If a country does not try to act for a  better justice and does not hold values for the people,  this movement will grow and grow up to the point where it will be a revolution. I do not wish a revolution but a global revolution is happening. Internet allows to  spread information and it’s getting more difficult for the officials to hide some informations which discredit the governements . Any government shoud hold their responsabilty for the people not for the interest of a rich minority. In Europe we are also no better as in U.S. and many injustice happens as well.

What can we do… ?

Why I will not belong to Anonymous

Dear reader,

Thank you to stop by here, and for the comment I had so far. I am trying to maintain this blog when I have time. My main topics will be related to the privacy over internet, and to the hackivist members Anonymous.

I repeat again I don’t belong to this hactivist group Anonynous, and I will not in belong nor likely to involved in any of their actions the future. On this post I will explain why. I share some of their ideas, such as the freedom on internet, and that’s why I talk about them, and support this particular idea. But I don’t agree with all of them. My main issues is that I want to keep my freedom of thinking. As soon as I get involved with their actions I will not have my freedom anymore. I am following them, and interested in their ideas, but I would like to keep my critical thinking . Picture is from there.

As their revendications are broad it’s difficult to see what are their true motivations behind their war against the “system”. Yes the world is unfair in many ways, and sometimes it is right to fight for ideas. But something wrong, as this group claim they have no leader. I don’t beleive it because, the have establish a plan, which mean someone/or some people might lead this group. Indeed in the recent year when this group was only a hacking group I suppose Lulzsec have form because they did not agree with each other. Why hacking if it could not serve a cause ? So far from what I see Lulzsec do this for fun whereas Anonymous group is more politcaly engaged.

Making revolution is not always something good. History have shown that the people who have succedded a revolution in a country have then taken power and  then oppressed their citizen . I beleive because they have tasted the taste of power. One example beteween many others would be the Iranian revolution in 1979. If you interested  about it you can find the wikipedia link here. So far democracy have shown to be the least problematic political system, because it is the people who choose their leaders, it is not imposed by force. That is why in the Middle East country and in Northern Africa the people have fought for. And maybe thanks to the anonymous groups they have helped to spread their messages across the world.

One thing I can notice is that for the first time, this movement is wordwide, it doesn’t want to belong to any nations. However it would be very complicated to lead a worldwide revolution against the “system” where the political and economics system  works differently everywhere. Morever people who have shared the common ideas of revolutions may have future differents interest. Eg Che Guevara and Fidel Castro have shared the common values against the oppression of Batista, but then their path have split.  Che Guevara have choosen integrity and Castro have choosen power.

I beleive there is other way of doing than trying to make a revolution because the “system”, is unfair, and being anonymous might not be the solution.  Anna Hazare is not an anonymous person, and the Indian politician are shaking now because of his his actions. He fight for anti-corruptions and I beleive he will changes the Indian society in depth. You can read his interview on the Hindu newpaper there. The group Anonymous have spread the hoax that they will hack Facebook few month ago. I beleive that their motivation was more to talk about them rather than hacking really. Their objective is rally the many people as the can to their cause and be heard . I beleive whatever you’re ideas you want to fight for, you should not be anonymous but rather be known  keep intergrity to your ideas up to the end.

How can you be heard if you’re an anonymous ?

Anonymous

I am not part of anonymous because I would like to keep my freedom of thinking. I beleive becoming an (h)activist may limits to my freedom of thinking as I will become part of a group .

However I support their cause for freedom of speech. I also beleive there is other actions rather illegal means. I do not agree with all of their statements, and ways of actions however they give a different point of view from what people think usually.