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Anonymous: Anti-surveillance protest tomorrow

Postby Milen N Ester » October 19th, 2012, 20:49:22

    Anonymous: Anti-surveillance protest tomorrow

    The hacktivist group says a worldwide anti-surveillance protest will take a stand against what the ACLU has called "the surveillance-industrial complex."

    Anonymous is planning a global protest tomorrow.

    In a campaign called Operation Big Brother, the Worldwide Day Of Protest Against Surveillance appears to be plotting action from citizens in over a dozen countries in an organized effort against government use of surveillance systems such as Europe's INDECT and America's Trapwire.

    Using a Google Map to pull in and track protesters by location, Operation Big Brother is supposed to visibly demonstrate what's going on during the protest. Yet little is known about how it will be implemented other than the suggestion, "IRL protest (...) unofficial information and defacing."

    News of the protest is being shared on Twitter, Facebook, YouTube, and Pastebin, while opt-in protest locations are being tracked with a Google Map.

    The protest was announced in August after a WikiLeaks leak of private intelligence firm Stratfor's documents revealed the global use and implementation of American surveillance system Trapwire. It was first tacked onto a pre-existing European anti-government-surveillance protest, Stop INDECT.

    But now on its Operation Big Brother Twitter feed and ancillary online outlets, Anonymous is hinting at bigger plans.

    Information about the protest is being shared by Operation Big Brother (@OpBigBrother) and there is a #OpBigBrother Worldwide call to protest against Surveillance Systems Facebook Event Page.

    Both Trapwire and INDECT combine various intelligent surveillance technologies with tracking and location data, individual profile histories from various sources (data mining and social media), and image data analysis (such as facial recognition -- Trapwire's video component) to monitor people.

    The video voiceover states:

        Dear activists for the protection of privacy, dear people from all over the world. We are Anonymous.

        We call you to act now against overall Surveillance-Systems.

        Worldwide governments are about to demolish Privacy with Systems like Trapwire and Indect. Those network surveillance technologies sniff the CCTV cameras, government databases and the Internet to identify people and make a profile of citizens, their families and their socializing.

    Trapwire is used by private entities, the U.S. government, "and its allies overseas."

    In mid-August when the Google Map and Operation Big Brother became public there was only a small cluster of pins indicating participants for the October 20 protest only in Europe.

    Now, people in dozens of cities in 15 countries around the globe have joined the protest against government use of the surveillance technologies on citizens. Countries include Germany, the U.K., the United States, Australia, Russia, Philippines, Venezuela, and Pakistan.

    Trapwire and INDECT's opponents believe that the surveillance systems to be direct threats to privacy and certain civil freedoms and that their implementation could constitute human rights violations.

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