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M O'D:
An excellent interview from the Corbett report on how to put heavy spanners in the snooping machinery of the surveillance state.

Tim Kilkenny on the Free Software Solution

--- Quote ---We all know the problem: Big Tech has partnered with Big Government to form the ‘perfect’ panopticon spying grid. But every time we purchase software from the Big Tech giants, we are helping to feed the beast that is enslaving us. Today, Tim Kilkenny of Revelations Radio News joins us to discuss the free software movement and how it can help us to boycott the Microsofts of the world and remove our complicity from the spy grid.

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--- Quote ---Ubuntu -

   •   You can opt out of third party software on installation
   •   Has a dock interface like OSX
   •   Amazon App
   •   Opt out of sharing info in dashboard

Linux Mint -

   •   You can opt out of third party software on installation
   •   A very familiar "Start Button" setup
   •   minimal and sleek

Libre Office -
Inkscape -
Gimp -
Blender -
Audacity -

   1.   The freedom to run the program, for any purpose (freedom 0).
   2.   The freedom to study how the program works, and change it so it does your computing as you wish (freedom 1). Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
   3.   The freedom to redistribute copies so you can help your neighbor (freedom 2).
   4.   The freedom to distribute copies of your modified versions to others (freedom 3). By doing this you can give the whole community a chance to benefit from your changes. Access to the source code is a precondition for this.
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M O'D:
A Skype alternative worth its salt: Jitsi
Posted on July 5, 2012

--- Quote ---I’ve been using Skype, Google Talk and Facebook chat for years to communicate with friends and family. They’re all convenient, reliable and easy to use. But there is a big problem: They are all very easy to record and monitor by 3rd parties. We now know that:

Microsoft (owner of Skype) keeps records of who talked to whom and for how long. We also have very good reason to believe that there are tools out there (built by private companies and sold to governments) that can eavesdrop on Skype voice calls. Skype executives have been unable to deny that they comply with local law enforcement requests to eavesdrop on Skype calls.
Google definitely record all of your text chats. They don’t deny they do that, even when you use the “Go off the record” option in Google Talk. We’re not sure what recording they do with voice calls but can be certain that they comply with the law – therefore building “legal intercept” capabilities into their products.
Facebook record and analyze all of your text chats and will report you to the police if they see anything “suspicious” (source: Reuters). We don’t know what they do with voice/video calls, but again can be certain that they comply with the law – therefore building “legal intercept” capabilities into their products.
So if you happen to live in a surveillance state (think countries of the Arab Spring, think UK with their repeated attempts to introduce surveillance of their citizens, think USA with their record-breaking demands for your personal data from all of the above service providers (Microsoft, Google and Facebook)) then you can expect that all your online communications with your loved ones (voice calls, video calls, text chats) are recorded and stored, or at least eavesdropped upon. They’re all great free services that allow you to keep in touch with people, with one caveat: the government is listening in.

If you have no problem with that, perhaps because you subscribe to the flawed “I have nothing to hide” school of thought, read no further.

If you feel that being spied upon constantly, and having no reasonable expectation of privacy for your online life is not cool, read on.

The work of thousands of visionaries (starting with people like Richard Stallman in the 70?s) has today given us the free tools to protect our online communications to a reasonable degree. These are not tools to stop a police investigation against you from succeeding – these are tools that empower you to opt-out from the surveillance-by-default communications channels most of us use, and instead keep your private thoughts and words only between yourself and your loved ones.

The easiest one to get us started is Jitsi.

Jitsi gives you voice calls, video calls, instant text messages and group chats. It therefore covers 100% of the communication capabilities of Microsoft’s Skype, Google Talk, Facebook Chat, IRC channels and the like. Use Jitsi, and you don’t need to use any of these again.

Why switch to Jitsi?

Because it protects your privacy as much as possible. If you and your loved ones use Jitsi, you can:

Have end-to-end encryption of your voice and video calls – guaranteeing that nobody is listening in or recording.
Have end-to-end encryption of your text (instant messaging) chats with Off The Record (OTR) technology – the world’s finest in preserving your privacy with unique features like Perfect Forward Secrecy and Deniability.
As an additional benefit, it’s great to have all of your instant messaging contacts in one window, and Jitsi gives you that. It also runs on Windows, MacOSX and GNU/Linux.

Start using Jitsi instead of Skype, Google Talk and Facebook Chat and stop corporations and governments collecting, storing and analyzing the thoughts you share with your loved ones.

PS: You can only have private communications if both ends of the chat/voice/video call support this. If both you and your loved ones use Jitsi, voice & video calls are private by default. For text chats, you will have to click the lock icon in your chat window (as shown below) until it displays a closed “lock” state.

PPS: No “lock” icon? That probably means that the person you are chatting with is not using Jitsi or a similar program that can protect your chats with OTR. You can only have a private conversation if both ends support OTR.

PPPS: Looking for something like Jitsi for your smartphone? For private text messaging (using the Off The Record protocol) look at ChatSecure for iPhones or GibberBot for Android phones. For private voice calls on the Android, look into csipsimple and Moxie Marlinspike’s RedPhone. Remember, both ends of the conversation need the same technology to create a private channel.
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M O'D:

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SIP Service

 "This is the home of the well-known free IP Telephony service. Many people use our services for software/hardware interoperability testing or just as a way to call other people. The service allows incoming and outgoing calls from/to any other IP Telephony services (note: some commercial services stop calls to other Internet-based services).

The service is based on SIP Express Router, SERWeb and SEMS.

It also uses third-party equipment, currently FRAFOS' ABC Session Border Controller.


Generic phone settings

The SerWeb login is the name you picked when registering. The same name and password is used for SIP authentication. It is sent with the confirmation email as 'Username' and 'Password'. With this account you can login above at 'SerWeb login' or 'Go to my account'.

You can download Jitsi at and use it on Windows, Mac OS X, and Linux.

To configure your account click on the "File" menu and select "New Account". In the "New Account" dialogi select the "" option and then enter your SerWeb login as shown in this screenshot. The new account would then appear in your account list (screenshot) and you can start using it immediately.

... continued at link below
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imho we need to have all the latest tools for VOIP

a good one to look at is mumble

M O'D:
Encrypt Android phone conversations with RedPhone

--- Quote ---by Martin Brinkmann on August 12, 2013 in Google Android
The Prism surveillance scandal has shown that the NSA and other agencies can tap into most communication channels. One of the proposed solutions is encryption and here especially open solutions that anyone with expertise can analyze.

RedPhone is an application for Android devices that can encrypt phone conversations on the device. It is open source, with the source code readily available on GitHub so that you can audit and compile it at anytime.

The app uses voice over IP technology (voip) to encrypt phone calls, which means that the calls made using it are handled by a data plan.

The first thing you are asked to to after you install RedPhone on your mobile phone is to register your phone number with the service. This is a semi-automated process, with the number filled out automatically. All you have to do is make sure it is correct before you hit the register button to continue.

The phone number that you have selected will then be verified with a SMS that is automatically detected by the application.

You are then taken to the address book displaying all your contacts. While you can call contacts from here right away, you need to be aware that the contact too needs to run RedPhone on the device. This is definitely a limitation as the app is limited to Android right now. If the recipient uses an iPhone, Windows Phone or a landline, it is not working at all.

Anyway, when RedPhone notices that a phone number is not using the application as well, it is offering to send a RedPhone install link to that phone number via SMS, or to call it regularly.

RedPhone is using SRTP to encrypt calls and ZRTP to negotiate the keys. If both parties use RedPhone, the app uses the keys from both users to generate a simple passphrase that is displayed on both screens. Users need to exchange the passphrase to make sure it matches and that no one tapped the line or intercepts it with a man-in-the-middle attack.

You can access additional information about the encryption used here on GitHub.

The core benefits of RedPhone are that it uses regular phone numbers to make encrypted calls, so that you can get started right away, that it is open source, and that it is using a wireless or data connection and not your plan’s minutes.

The downsides are that it is currently only available for Android, that both parties need to have it installed, and that both parties need to verify the created passphrase to make sure that the connection is save.


The Android limitation is probably the factor that is keeping the application from reaching a larger audience. It offers several benefits that make it attractive though, like the easy installation.

If you have a couple of contacts that use Android, and that you want to talk to using encryption, then you may want to give this application a try.
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