Candidate Obama debates President Obama on liberty vs security

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Gone in 60 seconds – How to bypass data retention in under a minute

If the proposed expansion of national security powers and internet surveillance comes to pass, many people will want to bypass it to protect their right to privacy. Here’s one way to do it.

  1. Go to privateinternetaccess.com
  2. Pay $40 for a yearly account
  3. Download and install their software
  4. Log in to your account and connect

That it, you’re done in less than a minute. All your internet traffic will be encrypted and routed through their servers, bypassing any data retention by the Australian government.

Of course this raises the question, if it can be bypassed so easily, for $40 a year, how could the system possibly hope to catch determined criminals? I challenge the scheme’s supporters to provide an answer.

Send Nicola Roxon a copy of 1984

Given the recent push for increased surveillance, ISP data retention, and the erosion of any “right to remain silent”, I wonder if Nicola Roxon has read 1984.

First edition cover of George Orwell's 1984

Let’s make sure she has, or at least that she re-reads it, given the circumstances. I’m going to buy her a copy and send it to her address at parliament house:

Attorney-General Nicola Roxon
Parliament House, Canberra 2600

You can do the same. Find a copy in your local book store, or order online at fishpond ($9.51 including shipping), book depository ($9.43 including shipping), or amazon. Be sure to mark it as a gift and include a note, but be civil. We are trying to convince her that our privacy and freedoms are important, and that new powers will violate them in an attempt to catch criminals that has dubious efficacy at best. Twenty copies of 1984 landing on her desk should get our message across.

If you send one, let me know in the comments so I can tally it up. If you’d like to remain somewhat anonymous, I could send one on your behalf, just contact me on email at danielkinsman@gmail.com, using my public key for encryption of course. I promise not to retain your data.