Code Red: World-wide Multidisciplinary Privacy Initiative Launched


#1

Worth MaidSafe reaching out to, and any SAFE project being aware of as it may prove useful support and/or publicity.

Code Red summary: http://www.privacysurgeon.org/blog/incision/one-of-the-worlds-most-ambitious-privacy-initiatives-launches-in-january/

The project will work to accelerate reform of secret institutions and will provide support for whistleblowers in those domains.

Code Red will be a strategic think tank and campaign clearinghouse to provide new resources and tactical advice to human rights groups across the world.
Code Red will be a strategic think tank and campaign clearinghouse to provide new resources and tactical advice to human rights groups across the world. It will also seek to establish a protection network for rights defenders who are increasingly exposed to aggressive personal retribution by state authorities.

The project’s steering group includes many influential figures in civil society, among them MI5 whistleblower Annie Machon, former US Congress member and presidential candidate Cynthia McKinney, former Wikimedia General Counsel Mike Godwin, Sunil Abraham, head of CIS India, OpenMedia’s David Christopher, Access Now’s Raegan McDonald, the Electronic Frontier Foundation’s International Rights Director Katitza Rodriguez and the former editor of Index on Censorship Judith Vidal-Hall.

The group also includes influential figures in the tech sector, including Jacob Appelbaum, the celebrated hacker who works at the core of Wikileaks, the Tor project and the Snowden disclosures, Whitfield Diffie, one of the pioneers of public key cryptography and Bruce Schneier, possibly the world’s most influential security expert.

Potential Support for MaidSafe & SAFE Projects:

Code Red will provide logistics, strategic and resource support for technical initiatives that create direct countermeasures against surveillance.


#2

Dont know enough about this yet, but have that ‘somethings not right’ feeling about it.


#3

Why so? Has widespread backing including known advocates.


#4

What do you feel is out of place there?

My only thoughts is that if an organization wants to succeed at freedom on the internet; they would start a MaidSafe - like project themselves in the first place…


#5

For those who don’t follow links, i thought this was very interesting.

More from article:

The initiative will be committed to a range of objectives, but foremost among these is to mentor the development of new and innovative projects that directly engage the surveillance menace. Among these is the protection of human rights defenders and campaigners who face a range of often unlawful threats from government agencies. It is clearly time to raise the stakes for secretive agencies that refuse to embrace accountability – and to do so fearlessly and relentlessly.
One of the most critically important challenges for Code Red will also be to help build a stronger bridge between the technical and the policy worlds. In this domain Code Red will provide logistics, strategic and resource support for technical initiatives that create direct countermeasures against surveillance.
The project is now looking for supporters from various disciplines in policy, law, technology, campaigning and administration to join the initiative.


#6

They may have the willingness but not the know-how or the mindset. After all, SAFE is incredibly innovative and sprang almost full grown from the brow of David Irvine.

My thought on all these things is that once SAFE is up and running in a stable fashion, it will attract the interest and use of all such. Not that we can’t promote, but once it’s functioning the influx will be self-sustaining.


#7

Whistle-blower Annie Machon …smells richer than that t-shirt of yours :wink:

Vladimir Lenin: “The best way to control the opposition is to lead it ourselves.”


#8

But secret laws!

I love the attitude of code red. Its the attitude that these institutions must be opposed and nullified because the are wrong if anything is wrong.

Its funny how quickly helpless and ridiculous they become. Google and Apple deciding to stop making easy spy phones was enough to make the FBI chief start publicly whining as if there was some written in stone pact on the right of a spy state to exist. You spy on people you perceive to be enemies. What does that say about the American state’s attitude toward its own people. It has this attitude because of the extent of dis-empowerment the people have suffered. Notice it doesn’t fear the rich but acts toward its own population as if they are free roaming yet to be formally charged criminals.