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Join in “The Day We Fight Back”: A broad coalition of activist groups, companies, and online platforms holding a worldwide day of activism to oppose mass spying by elements of the US government February 11th. The day marks the tragic passing of activist and technologist Aaron Swartz. The protest honors him and celebrates the victory over the Stop Online Piracy Act two years ago this month, which he helped spur. Visit thedaywefightback.org to be heard.
Oops, missed it. This is Feb 12. Well, next year, if we are still here, Feb 11 will be the day to be outraged that another year has passed with big brother watching watching watching.
Here’s something you can do: transfer files with end to end encryption using free WireOver software.
WireOver makes sending files of any size easy and free. There is also the option for encryption if security is your issue.
We’ve had some excitement since the release, with an article in TechCrunch (see it at: http://techcrunch.com/2014/01/17/wireover/) and a BBC Business Matters interview of the founder of WireOver, Trent Ashburn (hear it at: https://soundcloud.com/andrew-green-68/bbc-business-matters-2014-01).
If you want to try it out, go to wireover.com and download the software. Please check it out, and send something to your friends!
According to the developers, one of whom I once met, this will really keep your files from being snooped. (Of course, that assumes the computers with the unencrypted content on either end are secure.)
The system requires an email address, so anyone using it will be traceable if they use pretty much any email system. I have not found any real free anonymous email accounts. The places that claim to be anonymous make you pay with a traceable method or they require a non-anonymous email address to sign up, which is pointless. You can send anonymous email from a few places, for example, with this (http://anonymouse.org/anonemail.html) but they do not give you an email address to receive email. So, I recommend using WireOver to just send a bunch of boring stuff using your gmail or yahoo address, because you have that right.