July 26, 2015
- Anonymous Web Surfing
We all know about the Snowden case, about how easily information can get into the wrong hands. If you think he did a right thing, you may be correct in some manner since we found out some aspect that would have been otherwise forbidden to the broad public. But the fact that one person managed to get access to classified content raises another question, a more important one. And that is the safety of our data, the protection and the right of using encryption and anonymity. These aspects should not be regarded as ways to cover the ill-intentioned, but more to protect a fundamental right, and that is the freedom of expression. We should be able to do express ourselves, and say whatever we like, without anyone finding about it. We are entitled to privacy, regardless if it is in our real lives or online activity.
So, under these circumstances, the encryption and anonymity of communications should fall under the protection of the law. And the digital age, as performant as we all know it today, should facilitate such type of communication. But, unfortunately, there are some people that use encryption and anonymity for all the wrong purposes. They do it to work against the governments in a particular country or to do harm to the local community, taking for granted the freedom of communication. Thus, it is no wonder that some countries wish to forbid the encryption and anonymity. They want to have full access to this type of information and see if anyone has the intention of bringing any prejudice both to the country and to its form of government.
Still, let us not forget how hard some governments try to prevent the transmission and sharing of information, between citizens and in particular between journalists and activists, without impregnating fear in their actions. So how do these people manage to communicate in this conditions, knowing that they might be persecuted for what they do? A VPN connection, or the alternative Tor or proxy servers, together with a reliable encryption method, are the only ways to make it through. Most countries use aggressive filtering methods to detect what type of information is transmitted, and to where and whom. So it is understandable the need for having a proper encryption of data, to be able to pass these filters without being noticed.
You may be amazed to find out that instead of protecting encryption and anonymity when it comes to communications, some countries even try to find ways to fight against VPNs, TOR and proxies. They even promised a substantial prize to everyone that could bring them a solution that will detect the users of such methods of protection. But, let us not forget about what we talked about earlier, and that it is a fundamental human right to have access to privacy regarding communication. Thus, these methods should be supported and encouraged, and not forbidden. So these countries will have a hard time getting what they want since everybody knows what that means. Instead, encryption and anonymity should be reinforced.