Changes between Version 7 and Version 8 of projects/server-seizure/statement


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Apr 19, 2012, 10:29:01 PM (7 years ago)
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Daniel Strum
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    33In an attack on our infrastructure, our movement and the democratic Internet,
    4 the FBI seized a server yesterday from one of our cabinets
     4the FBI seized a server yesterday from one of our cabinets in
    55a colocation facility.
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    77The server is owned by our sister organization, Riseup, and is managed by ECN,
    8 a progressive provider in Italy.
     8a progressive technology provider in Italy.
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    1010While the seizure of any equipment is pernicious and
     
    1212punishment and an attempted crackdown on the very possibility of anonymous speech online.
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    14 The FBI is investigating bomb threats being made to
     14The FBI has told us they are investigating bomb threats targeting the
    1515facilities and people at the University of Pittsburgh. They appear to believe that one of
    1616the servers used to transmit these threats was an anonymous e-mail server operated
     
    2121has many serious negative implications. Anonymous e-mail is an important
    2222part of the Internet. One of the benefits of Internet technology is the
    23 ability to communicate world-wide: communication is fundamental to the
    24 struggles of the world's people and the continued existence of the human race.
    25 In a period in which our society has seen massive losses of privacy -- in
     23ability to communicate world-wide and this communication is fundamental to the
     24struggles of the world's people to address many of the worlds ills.
     25In a period in which our society has seen massive losses of privacy in
    2626which just about everything we do on-line can be tracked, logged, studied and
    27 used for all kinds of purposes -- anonymous e-mail (and other anonymous
    28 communication tools) provide shade from the intrusive searchlights of ubiquitous surveillance.
     27used for all kinds of purposes, anonymous internet-based
     28communication tools provide shade from the intrusive searchlights of ubiquitous surveillance.
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    3030Insiders who reveal government and military malfeasance, corporate whistleblowers, critics within institutions,
    3131organizers who fear police repression, and others involved in liberatory struggle can and do use anonymous e-mail.
    3232Anonymous e-mail is one of the critical tools of the democracy movement unfolding
    33 worldwide (including the Middle East, for example).  Without anonymous communications, such movements would
     33worldwide, including the Middle East.  Without anonymous communications, such movements would
    3434have had even greater difficulty organizing and would face greater risks
    3535and repression. Without anonymous communications, our already-constrained knowledge of what
     
    4949people by these sociopathic activities.
    5050
    51 But we cannot stop malicious anonymous e-mail without also destroying the ability to use anonymous e-mail for beneficial purposes.
    52 And the bomb threats continue
    53 to arrive at U. of Pitt after this outrageous seizure.  There is no positive outcome to this
     51However, we cannot stop malicious anonymous e-mail without also destroying the ability to use anonymous e-mail for beneficial purposes.
     52And the bomb threats continue to arrive at U. of Pitt after this outrageous seizure.  There is no positive outcome to this
    5453action by the FBI.
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    5655We will defend our members' privacy and their data.
    5756We will also aggressively seek the return of the computer the FBI
    58 took from us and other legal remedies against those who collaborated in the
    59 violation of our rights. And we remain committed to defending the
     57took and other legal remedies against those who collaborated in the
     58violation of our rights. We remain committed to defending the
    6059use and protection of anonymous communication world-wide, and to the advancement of the internet as a tool for liberatory change.
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