The concept of transparency is simple, if governments practice it – we as a people – will be able to spot misuse of power, corruption and safeguard our democracy. When transparency becomes just a word, a smokescreen, and governments around the world use it as well as the alleged need for secrecy to keep us in the dark, something has to be done.
Hacking: The Transparency Grenade
Hacking, whistleblowing and journalism are very effective tools in this regard. That is why we call it #EnforcedTransparency. In the image above you will see some of the most prominent enforcers the world has seen. They are early innovators and should be hailed as heroes – not jailed as criminals.
The expression “Enforced Transparency” is derived from a tool governments have been using for decades: Enforced Disappearances – or as it is called in Spanish: Desaparición forzada. Source: http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Forced_disappearance
When governments across the world can kidnap, torture, and murder their citizens, more and more people are realizing the importance of Enforcing Transparency – in a non-violent way.
Journalism and Enforcing Transparency
Obviously the media plays an important role in keeping an eye on our governments. One of the more critical organizations in the post-Snowden era has been The Intercept. Organizations such as the Committee to Protect Journalists and Freedom of the Press Foundation also play an important role.
The sad fact is that it is very difficult these days finding a truly free press capable of exposing corruption and lies when the companies they investigate are all-powerful. They use their money to pressure MSM (mainstream media) not to publish stories, and resort to outright pure propaganda. Both the US and Russia have an extensive network of news outlets simply dedicated to pushing a particular agenda, whether statist or corporatist – as I am sure other countries do.
Independent media and hacktivists will become more and more important in the years to come, simply to enforce transparency in a world of mass surveillance.
As for whistleblowing, I am quite sure that WikiLeaks will continue to be an important entity in the years to come. As you all know they recently revamped their submission system after four years offline. This is their Tor onion: wlupld3ptjvsgwqw.onion
As for the role of technology in transparency enforcement there are apps and services coming out every day, and newspapers and journalists of all kinds should really be early innovators in this area. We are happy to see that more and more news outlets are starting to use SecureDrop. That said, we are eagerly awaiting services that can deliver encryption so easy to use that all of us will be a little bit safer, and maybe even take back some of our right to privacy.
Here you will find a documentary, The Hacker Wars, where you will learn all you need about our heroes – including torrents and paid services.