I LOVED Micah’s lecture this week! I thought it was super interesting and also surprisingly a lot more relevant to what we’re trying to do in our libraries. I mean, not that we’re going to set up airgapped computers anytime soon, but I think contextualizing what whistleblowers and journalists use is important because we can actually support both of them by making these tools and strategies more common (that’s the point I was trying to make at the end).
And something else that I am thinking of now that I didn’t think of during the lecture is this: it’s actually pretty valuable to know about these high level threat models, because even if you don’t encounter them directly out in the wild, you will get questions about them in privacy classes! People are always curious about this kinda stuff, and now you can say “Micah Lee, the guy who taught Glenn Greenwald about GPG encrypted email so he could talk to Ed Snowden, told me…”
What did everyone else think? Here are our discussion questions for this week to get us started:
- What’s unique about this threat model? How does it overlap with other threat models
- How would you use these strategies and tools in your own communities?