Can We Avoid Government Surveillance By Leaving The Grid?

Slashdot reader Nicola Hahn writes: While reporters clamor about the hacking of the Democratic National Committee, NSA whistleblower James Bamford offers an important reminder: American intelligence has been actively breaching email servers in foreign countries like Mexico and Germany for years. According to Bamford documents leaked by former NSA specialist Ed Snowden show that the agency is intent on “tracking virtually everyone connected to the Internet.” This includes American citizens. So it might not be surprising that another NSA whistleblower, William Binney, has suggested that certain elements within the American intelligence community may actually be responsible for the DNC hack.

This raises an interesting question: facing down an intelligence service that is in a class by itself, what can the average person do? One researcher responds to this question using an approach that borrows a [strategy] from the movie THX 1138: “The T-H-X account is six percent over budget. The case is to be terminated.”
To avoid surveillance, the article suggests “get off the grid entirely… Find alternate channels of communication, places where the coveted home-field advantage doesnâ(TM)t exist… this is about making surveillance expensive.” The article also suggests “old school” technologies, for example a quick wireless ad-hoc network in a crowded food court. Any thoughts?


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