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A blog by Peter Fein.
The views expressed here do not represent my past, present or future employers, collectives, family, nation-state or houseplants. They are mine alone. Who's else would they be?
I did this interview with The Guardian UK's Chavala Madlena . I really appreciate that she took the time to thoroughly research the article, even joining us on Telecomix IRC to ask questions of the agents.
"The range of people on the Telecomix IRC – so right now's there are about 170 people tops on the IRC people; when we were doing things in Egypt there were about 500. The participation varies – it's what I call an 'ad-hocracy'. We don't have membership, we don't have a formal structure – people just come and go. We have MEPs, we have university professors, grad students ... anybody who's interested in facilitating free speech."
"I had several hours of chats with guys on the ground with what they needed. A lot of the time they don't have the technical knowledge of what they actually need, they just want to be able to communicate without being wiretapped … There's a real attitude of throwing a lot of stuff against the wall and seeing what works."
"I can sit at home in Chicago … and we're not going to get arrested if we oppose Mubarak or Gaddafi – which is important to bear in mind when you're in communication with these people on the ground."
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In addition to the Sheffield Documentary Film Festival panel mentioned in the article, I gave the keynote address at Open Source Bridge two weeks ago, followed by several break-out sessions on Telecomix, Anonymous and hacking for freedom. A decent write up of the keynote is online; I'll be posting video & thoughts in the next few days.