An Introduction (Why We Resist)

I guess the best way to start is at the beginning: what the fuck is going on?

Over the last 30-40 years or so, we've seen an emergence of a dystopian theme in our popular literature (longer if you count books like 1984 and Brave New World), where there is a seemingly omnipotent authoritarian State that either controls or monitors the People. In some cases this is more direct (see 1984), and in other it's less so, where it's merely a surveillance state, recording everything you do, just in case you get out of line (I'm thinking about the sort of biometric tracking we see in the Minority Report film from 2002, with retinal tracking EVERYWHERE).

Over this entire generation, we've been taught to fear and oppose the State, because it's obvious they're doing stuff like this, right? We see cameras everywhere, and now-a-days, even our toasters are seemingly hooked up to the internet, so there's a chance that all of this data, all of these video feeds could be hacked, monitored, and recorded, just in case We the People get out of line. Call it paranoia, but with the furthering capabilities of technology and artificial intelligence, I think it's fitting to assume that these sorts of things could be accomplished by a State which is so inclined and motivated to do so.

So, I guess this brings us to today: Over the last month, we've seen a huge swell in civil unrest here in the United States, primarily driven by the election of D. Trump as the new President, and further influenced by the ever present 24-hour news cycle, which stokes anxieties and fear. Don't get me wrong, Trump is a 'bad dude', as he likes to say, but I can't look at the news feeds (Twitter, Facebook, Tumblr, investing blogs, etc) without being bombarded by something about how we're all going to hell in a hand basket, or how there's becoming a very organized resistance AGAINST the world Trump and the spineless GOP is trying to push us towards. I find this resistance inspiring, yet, personally, I worry about safety and how an authoritarian State may respond to individuals who are so blatantly opposed to this sort of unrest.

The purpose of this blog is to share techniques and tools that I've discovered to stay safe both online and in the world at large when organizing and limiting the amount of government surveillance a person may experience. I mean, some of this stuff is going to be pretty much no-brainer content, like using two-factor authentication with the different services you might use online, or protecting your privacy (online and offline), and how to prevent facial recognition algorithms from seeing you in a video feed (definitely some cool stuff on this).

I'll also be talking about some of this stuff on the NSFW podcast from time to time, and will link in this feed when I do so.

If YOU have any recommendations on these topics, feel free send them over to me at Resist@WilliamFairaday.com and I'll review, swap notes with some SecOps people I know, and post the most appropriate info.

Thanks for reading and stay safe out there.

-Wm.