Comment: Encryption is civil disobedience, as is using open source.

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Encryption is civil disobedience, as is using open source.

There are some great points made here - such as the NSA (if they really wanted to) could crack any encryption used by us and that if you're using Microsoft/Google/etc. software it probably (certainly) has a back door specifically designed for the NSA.

But...it take processing power.

While we know they are building out storage (and one would assume processing power) by using encryption you are asking them to take scarce resources from task A (whether it's actual terrorist traffic or getting dirt on some congressman to sway their vote) they have to dedicate it to task B - decoding this post on the DP.

If it's just me, maybe they'll decide that they can dedicate some time to it. But what if it's hundreds of Americans? Thousands? Millions?

The task becomes that much more difficult.

I attempt to use open source solutions wherever I can. With many, many eyes on code it becomes that much more difficult for that NSA backdoor to not be identified. That's the point of prism-break.org - to get every day people in the habit of using good Internet security. If everyone does it, the NSA has a much tougher job ahead of them in violating our rights. That to me is civil disobedience in a sense, and that to me is where our freedom lies.

Give up Chrome, give up IE. Look to Firefox and alternatives, encrypt every single thing you can and let them try to deal with this huge increase in encrypted data, not the literally open-text they've been used to.

That's the game changer.

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