Enforced Transparency 101

CIA Director John Brennan

CIA Director John Brennan

When the ones who should be taking care of our security go bad, do bad things and fuck up the world someone must Enforce Transparency on them.

This just happened and #TheBrennan will be a part of history from now.

It’s not a bad thing to hack the bad and to expose their corruption / abuse of power. It’s an indication of a good hack when the bad are hacked. It is in fact supreme Lulz to do so.

The kuul thing is that his whole security clearance file is there. Kuul for everyone but Brennan, that is, since everyone he ever knew is in it. Hmmmm.

Hat tip @ 4:20 and high school teens making hero moves. All hail Enforced Transparency!

“Today, 21 October 2015 and over the coming days WikiLeaks is releasing documents from one of CIA chief John Brennan’s non-government email accounts. Brennan used the account occasionally for several intelligence related projects.

John Brennan became the Director of the Central Intelligence Agency in March 2013, replacing General David Petraeus who was forced to step down after becoming embroiled in a classified information mishandling scandal. Brennan was made Assistant to the President for Homeland Security and Counterterrorism on the commencement of the Obama presidency in 2009–a position he held until taking up his role as CIA chief.”

WikiLeaks Emails

~ by Raymond Johansen

Enforced Transparency 5: Crowdsourcing Independent Journalism

HAXpopart_400x400ENFORCED TRANSPARENCY by way of investigative journalism

In our first article, we explained that when governments deny their citizens transparency and start to do bad things. We need to employ new tools to safeguard our democracy.

This article, will focus on Independent Journalism and how to achieve that very independence. We will cover three examples of this, where journalists have achieved financing of their projects independent of mainstream media – usually curbed by corporate interests. An example of this is the recent scandal involving Peter Oborne, the former chief political commentator of The Telegraph – link here

THE TOOLS OF Enforced Transparency ARE

  1. Hacking
  2. Whistleblowing
  3. Leaking
  4. Independent Journalism
  5. FOIA request (coincidentally  “invented” in Sweden)

PRIME EXAMPLE
DemokratiHenrik Alexandersson is one those of independent voices seeking to tell a story, enforcing transparency, by financing a book. By way of crowdsourcing – completely devoid of pressure from corporate influence.

We call him / HAX and know him well for his crystal clear libertarian voice attacking mass surveillance and several other important causes . A watchdog this blog would wish there were more of.
His aim is to finance a book called “Demokratifabriken – EU från insidan”. Loosely translated as “The Democracy Factory – EU from the inside“. We were lucky enough to be able to ask him some questions about his crowdsourcing campaign. His hope is to raise 7,000 EUR. At publication his campaign stand at 1,793 EUR with 26 days left.

THE INTERVIEW WITH / HAX
Q: Henrik Alexandersson, can you tell us a little bit about yourself?

I’m a Swedish libertarian, blogger and human rights activist. In the fight against Swedish mass surveillance i came in contact with the Pirate Party. As I was living in Brussels and blogging about the EU, they gave me a job as assistant to their first MEP, Christian Engström. I worked there for five years, we didn’t get re-elected and now I’m a freelance writer and digital nomad, kind of.

SQUACHQ: Demokratifabriken, your crowd funded project, seems to be an attempt to make sure that the public gets a peak behind the curtains in Brussels. Is that correct or would you like to explain it to us in your own words?

The EU is a centralized project, saturated with bureaucracy, incompetence and corporatism. It is turning into a central planned system with a huge democratic deficit and little transparency. Power is moving from the people to politics, from member states to Brussels and from democratic institutions to non-elected bureaucrats. I think the EU should be more de-centralised and focused om free movement (people, goods, services and money) and civil rights.

Pluralism once made Europe great. Some harmonisation might be in order to have a common market. But must everything be the same everywhere? What is the point of free movement then?

Q: It seems you are close to reaching your goal of 7k EUR. Is that enough money to actually achieve what you set out to do?

Well, it’s 5,000 EUR as minimum level for me taking the time to write and produce a book. If we reach 7,000 EUR, there will also be an audio book. If the campaign raises more money it will be used for a Swedish lecturing tour. If we don’t reach 5,000 EUR, the fundraising company will return the money to the contributors, and there will be no book.

Of course, I could do with more money. But I need to be realistic. Raising some money at the start of the campaign is one thing, but now we enter the difficult phase – to keep the interest up and spreading the word in wider circles. To start a crowd funding campaign is one thing, but you need to keep it up for weeks and weeks, finding new channels and people to ask for money. And I hate asking people for money…

Q: How important would you say Transparency is to save what is left of Privacy and Democracy?

9958-cybercri_articleIt is essential. People must be able to trust that the authorities just point surveillance against people suspected for criminal activities. And we need to be sure that what is being labeled as ”criminal” really is criminal. Today we are not allowed to know what is going on. And the laws seem to allow more than was expected.

Henrik concludes with this statement: Well, I’m happy if I reach my primary goal. But people can fund the campaign as much as they want for 26 more days.

<<< This is the link to his campaign: >>>     ♣ FundedByMe

OUR NEXT EXAMPLE IS THE PROJECT CALLED “Blank Spot Project
The team behind this project consists of Brit Stakston, Author and Media Strategist and Digital Advisor and Martin Schibbye, Freelance Journalist. And quite a few others.

Their project raised 122,777 EUR with close to 2,000 backers. They describe their successful efforts like this:

“The crisis in journalism must be met with something new. We are a group of reporters who have decided to take matters into our own hands. Together we want to write the stories that don’t get covered.

Blank Spot Project is a digital platform for storytelling journalism, reporting from around the world. We want to show more of the world and write the stories that do not get written. When the journalist Martin Schibbye was released from an Ethiopian prison after 438 days in captivity, a fellow prisoner whispered “Tell the world what you have seen.” We are now a number of editors, photo editors, photographers, investigative journalists, digital developers and reporters, including Martin Schibbye, who together have decided to do just that: Tell what the world outside Sweden looks like.”

<<< This is the link to their campaign: >>>     ♣ FundedByMe

Recently they participated in a Panel discussion organized by Julia Reda in Brussels with other notables like Cory Doctorow, Director Lexi Alexander and among others award-winning Creative Commons photographer Jonathan Worth.

WHILE TOUCHING THIS SUBJECT THERE IS NO AVOIDING THE LUXEMBOURG LEAKS PROJECT BY THE ICIJ – WHERE 80 JOURNALISTS COOPERATED
icij-main-marquee-no-luxleaks_1ICIJ’s Luxembourg Leaks investigation is based on a confidential cache of secret tax agreements approved by Luxembourg authorities, that provide tax-relief for more than 350 companies around the world. These private deals are legal in Luxembourg.

In this interactive application ICIJ has created a visual and searchable database of 548 tax rulings that have been approved by Luxembourg officials with a stamped and signed confirmation letter. In addition, ICIJ is publishing 16 other documents — such as corporate tax returns — related to companies in Luxembourg.

|| hacktivist culture || could not write this article without a *tipshat* to The Intercept and Glenn Greenwald. A prime example of how to do independent investigative journalism.

TFCIn addition we would like to thank The Fifth Column for their work on Free Trade Agreements. Recently they published “Hackers and Journalists Partner for Enforced Transparency 3” – greetz to Alex Freeman

Articles are written by Kitty Hundal and Raymond Johansen, feel free to share in any way you like. And thanks for your precious time.

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THE PREVIOUS ARTICLES ON ENFORCED TRANSPARENCY
Enforced Transparency 1 – when hacking becomes necessary
Enforced Transparency 2 – when hacking becomes imperative
Hackers and journalists partner for Enforced Transparency 3
Enforced Transparency 4 – The Whistleblowers Bravery

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Hackers and Journalists Partner for Enforced Transparency 3 | The Fifth Column

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9958-cybercri_articleHacking: 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.

via Hackers and Journalists Partner for Enforced Transparency | The Fifth Column.

The Sony hack and the line between transparency and retribution – The Washington Post

read it here The Sony hack and the line between transparency and retribution – The Washington Post.

“But while the leaks are fundamentally different, there is a better question Apatow might have posed: how do we define the difference between a leak that offers us transparency, and one that feels more like retribution?”

ENFORCED TRANSPARENCY
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.

Enforced Transparency – when hacking becomes necessary

ENFORCED TRANSPARENCY
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
GreandeHacking, 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.

CPJJournalism 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 anFree_Dom_Press 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.

assange-300x200As 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.
The Hacker WarsHere you will find a documentary, The Hacker Wars, where you will learn all you need about our heroes – including torrents and paid services.

http://thecryptosphere.com/2015/04/21/the-hacker-wars-anonymous-united-divided/

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