Guide for bloggers who worry that they'll be imprisoned by their governments

The Electronic Frontier Foundation and Global Voices Advocacy have produced a guide for bloggers who believe that their work is liable to get them arrested or kidnapped by the authorities:

All bloggers should:

* Consider providing someone outside the country with the following information:
- Login credentials to your social media, email, and blog accounts
- Contact information of family members
- Information about any health conditions
* Regularly back up their blog, Facebook, email, and other accounts
* Consider mirroring your website if you want to ensure it remains up without your attention to it
* Encrypt sensitive files and consider hiding them on a separate drive
* Consider using tools like Identity Sweeper (for Android users) to secure/erase your mobile data
* Consider preparing a statement for release in case of arrest-- This can be helpful for international news outlets and human rights organizations
* Consider recording a short video identifying yourself (biographical info, scope of work) and the risks that you face and share with trusted contacts
* Develop contacts with human rights and free expression organizations*
* Think about a strategy/contingency plan for what to do if you're detained (see below)

For Bloggers at Risk: Creating a Contingency Plan


  1. Holy cow, it’s like 3-4 pages of complete outrage on Boing Boing right now. DRM, assassination, TOR. What a glorious shit-show! ;-)

  2. Hey, this should only be important for people who live in oppressive regimes where the government can imprison you without trial or suspend your right to free speech for no reason.  No need to worry!

  3. Do they have a list for people who live outside of the United States?

    (Hooray! to going for the obvious comment since the obvious seems too hard to see these days)

  4. I don’t care if they come for me or not. I have enough shit parceled out to various people and shit disturbing organizations that any significant lack of me will be a definite “oh, shit” for a great many people.

    Sometimes it’s nice being old. You have already had the best fun and have less time to lose if it all comes to a crashing end.

  5. Shame that the US is really hitting the fan, I’m hearing a number of angel investors are preparing to leave “just in case” because the US will be too risky for them.. I still wonder if MMOs will be illegal under all this.

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