Enemy of the [Surveillance] State
20 — Nazis, IBM, Censorship, and the Surveillance State

20 — Nazis, IBM, Censorship, and the Surveillance State

February 23, 2021

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As America becomes more and more divided along political lines, it is more important than ever to understand the history of tech companies using data on individuals to create startlingly accurate profiles. Case in point, the Nazi campaign of the Holocaust of the Jews in the buildup to and during WWII was made up of six phases — the identification of the Jews, the expulsion of the Jews from society, the confiscation of their assets, the ghettoization of the Jews, their deportation, and finally, their extermination. IBM — an American tech company — was intricately involved in all six phases.

This episode will unpack that as much as one episode allows and I will show that Big Tech is up to the same tricks now. An invaluably important step to preventing the Surveillance State from continuing to gain the kind of power that could be used to play a repeat of the abuses of Nazi Germany is to fight political censorship in all its forms. Silencing the voices of those with whom we disagree is a dangerously slippery slope. I may not agree with what you say, but I will defend your right to say it. The alternative is too horrible to allow.

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Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — or check out the affiliate links below. Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

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Looking for either a great computer or phone that respects and protects your privacy? You will love Purism. I have had Todd Weaver from Purism on the show a couple times and he is the real deal. The company offers the Librem line of devices — from Librem  laptops to the Librem Mini desktop to the Librem 5 phone. If you use this link (affiliate link), Enemy of the [Surveillance State will make a small profit on your purchase. https://shop.puri.sm/?wpam_id=48

For easy encrypted email, check out ProtonMail. Proton also offers a great VPN and other services — including ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive (Use this affiliate link to sign up for any of those services if you want to help support this podcast) https://go.getproton.me/aff_c?offer_id=15&aff_id=2167 ProtonMail and ProtonVPN have free and paid plans. I currently use the free email plan and the paid VPN plan. They are excellent!

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Links mentioned in this episode:

Edwin Black interview about his book, IBM and the Holocaust:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zonEpRdJUxE

 

IBM and the Holocaust at Amazon: (not an affiliate link — If you don’t want to shop at Amazon, search for the book elsewhere)

https://www.amazon.com/IBM-Holocaust-Strategic-Alliance-Corporation/dp/0914153277

 

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19 — Merry Encryptsmas! Did an Israeli Firm Crack the Signal App?

19 — Merry Encryptsmas! Did an Israeli Firm Crack the Signal App?

December 24, 2020

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Merry Encryptsmas! It’s that wonder time of the year when we get to spend more time with family and friends than any other time of the year. In this episode I address a couple of things. First, I address a subtle and very positive change to something about this podcast (notes below). Second, I address the ways you can use the extra time with family and friends to help spread the message of privacy and liberty. Third, I cover the newest battle in the war on encryption and how we — the People — are winning. Part of that deals with reports that Signal’s encrypted text app service was “broken” by an Israeli tech firm and Signal’s response.

Please read the important notes below. A special note from me about a change in the podcast is followed by links referenced in this episode.

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Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

On that note, I want to thank the most recent patron of the show, Kevin. This show would not be possible without the support of you, the listeners, and I appreciate it.

And as of this episode, I have made the decision to include affiliate links to some of the services and tools I recommend. These are not ads. These are things I have been recommending for some time now — some of those recommendations predate the show. The decision to begin including affiliate links is based on the simple fact that if I can increase the financial support of the show, I can devote more time to producing more and more quality episodes for you. I have heard from many of you that you have taken my recommendations and would have gladly used an an affiliate link, so I am making that option available to you.

My promise to you is to NEVER base my recommendations on whether or not I can offer an affiliate link; I will continue to base recommendations on the value of the service or tool, whether or not an affiliate program is available. Period. If you are interested in any of those recommendations and want to support the show in a small way, use the affiliate links I provide, If not, just search for the tool or service and go there directly. I will always make it clear if I include an affiliate link; My relationship to YOU, the listener is important to me — I will NEVER sacrifice that.

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Looking for either a great computer or phone that respects and protects your privacy? You will love Purism. I have had Todd Weaver from Purism on the show a couple times and he is the real deal. The company offers the Librem line of devices — from the Librem 14 and Librem 15 laptops to the Librem Mini desktop to the Librem 5 phone. If you use this link (affiliate link), Enemy of the [Surveillance State will make a small profit on your purchase. https://shop.puri.sm/?wpam_id=48

For encrypted texts, voice calls, and video calls, check out Signal (not an affiliate link) https://www.signal.org/

 

And for easy encrypted email, check out ProtonMail (not an affiliate link) https://protonmail.com

They also offer a great VPN and other services — including ProtonCalendar and ProtonDrive

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Links mentioned in this episode:

Bruce Springsteen Santa Claus is Comin’ to Town:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=76WFkKp8Tjs

BBC Article:

https://www.bbc.com/news/technology-55412230

Celebrite original article:

https://web.archive.org/web/20201210150311/https://www.cellebrite.com/en/blog/cellebrites-new-solution-for-decrypting-the-signal-app/

Celebrite article redux:

https://www.cellebrite.com/en/blog/cellebrites-new-solution-for-decrypting-the-signal-app/

Signal’s response (by Moxie Marlinspike)

https://signal.org/blog/cellebrite-and-clickbait/

TOR Project:

https://www.torproject.org/

NewPipe Youtube client:

https://newpipe.net/

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The theme song was created by Michael Leavitt. If you want (or need) a piece of music that you own the rights to (for a wedding or anything else), check him out. He is the best and is a great guy, too. And he does not pay me to say that.

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18 - Update On Librem 5 Private Mobile Phone and Mobile Plan

18 - Update On Librem 5 Private Mobile Phone and Mobile Plan

November 10, 2020

Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

My special guest this episode is Todd Weaver from Purism. I have had Todd on the show before and it is always a pleasure. In this episode, we discuss updates to the Librem 5 phone — a phone designed from the ground up to protect your privacy. We also discuss the new AweSIM mobile phone plan. 

And Todd makes a special announcement about the status of shipping for the Librem 5. This is the first public announcement of this news. 

 

Check out the phone and the plan at https://Puri.sm

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Messing With The Scammers—1

Messing With The Scammers—1

October 19, 2020

After the first segment of Messing With The Scammers, I received lots of positive feedback for listeners who enjoyed that segment. That time, I did it as part of a full episode; This segment is its own episode. I hope you enjoy it.

The premise of this segment is taken from the sit-com, BJ and the Bear — from the late '70's / early '80's. The scammer that called me never figured out that I was basing our conversation off of a TV show — even when I said something about "every episode!" I quot the most ridiculous parts of the theme song, just for fun. I finally had to get pulled over by Sheriff Lobo, just to end the call! Lots of fun.

In the next few days, I'll be rolling out a full episode — updating some of what is going on in the war on encryption. Be sure to check it out!

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Get your Enemy of the [Surveillance] State merch. Wear it with pride and show the world how you feel about mass digital surveillance. https://teespring.com/stores/eotss-merch

Theme theme song was created by Michael Leavitt. If you want (or need) a piece of music that you own (for a wedding or anything else), check him out. He is the best and is a great guy, too.

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17–What Is Linux — And Why Should You Switch? With Special Guest Adam Craig

17–What Is Linux — And Why Should You Switch? With Special Guest Adam Craig

September 24, 2020

This week, my special guest is Adam Craig, LFCE (Linux Foundation Certified Systems Engineer). Adam manages a room of Linux servers for an unnamed major university and was my master/tutor/guru (and still is, to some degree) when I made the switch to Linux several years ago.

We discuss the Linux Operating System — what it is, how to get it, why it is better than either Windows or Mac for privacy and security, and why you should consider switching to Linux from your current Operating System.

 

I do not personally know anyone more knowledgeable about Linux than Adam. It was a great joy to have him on the show to discuss an Operating System that respects privacy and liberty. I hope you enjoy this deep dive into Linux as much as we enjoyed doing it!

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Here are the links to some of what we discuss in this episode:

Download and install Ubuntu Linux:
www.ubuntu.com

Download and install Fedora Linux:

www.fedoraproject.com

Check out a great list of Linux distributions:

www.distrowatch.com

The GNU Public License:

www.gnu.org/licenses/#GPL

A great paper on the philosophy of Open-Source software:

www.catb.org/~esr/writings/cathedral-bazaar/

The Open-Source definition:

www.opensource.org/osd

Revolution OS — a super nerdy documentary on Linux from 2001. It’s a little dated, but still a great intro to Linux:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=4vW62KqKJ5A

How to create a live Ubuntu USB stick so you can test drive Ubuntu without making any changes to your computer:

www.ubuntu.com/tutorials/create-a-usb-stick-on-windows#1-overview

How to create a live Fedora USB stick so you can test drive it without making any changes to you computer:

www.lifewire.com/create-bootable-fedora-usb-drive-2202081

A great source for buying a new computer with Linux already installed:

www.system76.com

A great source for Linux computers (and even a mobile phone) that are super focused on privacy:

www.puri.sm

Private, secure email based in Switzerland:

www.protonmail.com

Private, secure Virtual Private Network based in Switzerland for securing all your Internet traffic:

www.protonvpn.com

Private, secure alternative to DropBox:

www.spideroak.com

VeraCrypt encryption download to create hidden encrypted partitions:

https://www.veracrypt.fr/en/Downloads.html

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Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

Get your Enemy of the [Surveillance] State merch. Wear it with pride and show the world how you feel about mass digital surveillance. https://teespring.com/stores/eotss-merch

Theme theme song was created by Michael Leavitt. If you want (or need) a piece of music that you own (for a wedding or anything else), check him out. He is the best and is a great guy, too.

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16 - Enemy of the [Surveillance] State Meets TechLore: A Conversation Between Privacy Nerds

16 - Enemy of the [Surveillance] State Meets TechLore: A Conversation Between Privacy Nerds

August 24, 2020

This week, my special guest is Henry from the popular and established privacy community, TechLore. We discuss the philosophy, mechanics, and logistics of working to spread the message of privacy as it relates to liberty. We cover a wide range of topics and ideas, so buckle in and take a ride with Mitch and Henry as we get into the nitty gritty of privacy in an age of mass digital surveillance. This is your chance to be a fly on the wall while two privacy nerds discuss the good, the bad, and the ugly of what works, what doesn’t, and why.

And I want to throw a BIG shout out to Sunflower for being the newest patron to support the show via Patreon. If you have been considering supporting the show, check out the Patreon link below. Whatever you can do will help the show and help spread the message of privacy to others.

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Here are the links to some of what we discuss in this episode:

https://techlore.tech/

 

https://www.youtube.com/c/techlore

 

https://github.com/techlore-official

 

https://github.com/techlore-official/channel-content/blob/master/affiliates.md

 

https://ssd.eff.org/

 

https://privacybadger.org/

 

https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere

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Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

Get your Enemy of the [Surveillance] State merch. Wear it with pride and show the world how you feel about mass digital surveillance. https://teespring.com/stores/eotss-merch

Theme song was created by Michael Leavitt. If you want (or need) a piece of music that you own (for a wedding or anything else), check him out. He is the best and is a great guy, too.

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15 - Private Web Searches: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

15 - Private Web Searches: Keep It Secret, Keep It Safe

July 28, 2020

This week, my special guests are Alexandra Kubiak, Senior Product Manager and Kelly Finnerty, Director of Brand and Content from StartPage — a private search engine that returns Google results without giving Google access to your personal data. I also want to send a special shout-out to Henry, the intern at StartPage who reached out to me to set this up. We discuss the importance of privacy where web searches is concerned, how StartPage keeps your data (including searches) private, and more. After listening, give StartPage a try and see what you think. Let everyone know your thoughts in the comments.

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The soundclip at the beginning of the episode is from a promo video by StartPage:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=YvGJD2YeS3U&list=PLSdvyNeewenBGsrfV8cp6fuUcnV9I_jpu&index=2

Here is another great video they made:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qzWrSVDhgpk&list=PLSdvyNeewenBGsrfV8cp6fuUcnV9I_jpu&index=3

Check out StartPage at www.startpage.com

This is the list of articles referenced in this episode:

https://www.reuters.com/article/us-alphabet-google-privacy-lawsuit/google-faces-lawsuit-over-tracking-in-apps-even-when-users-opted-out-idUSKCN24F2N4

https://bgr.com/2020/07/16/google-tracking-users-app-activity-privacy-lawsuit-firebase/

https://www.zdnet.com/article/siri-alexa-and-google-assistant-in-the-spotlight-as-europe-launches-internet-of-things-investigation/

https://www.msn.com/en-us/finance/companies/congress-wants-apple-google-to-warn-users-about-apps-posing-e2-80-98national-security-risks-e2-80-99/ar-BB16LZ5C

https://www.cnet.com/news/amazon-google-and-microsoft-sued-over-photos-in-facial-recognition-database/

https://www.msn.com/en-us/money/smallbusiness/this-google-privacy-email-is-a-perfect-example-of-why-people-dont-trust-tech-companies/ar-BB16OefV

https://www.cnet.com/news/google-reportedly-pledges-not-to-use-fitbit-health-data-amid-eu-antitrust-concerns/

https://blog.privacytools.io/delisting-startpage/

https://blog.privacytools.io/relisting-startpage/

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Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

Get your Enemy of the [Surveillance] State merch. Wear it with pride and show the world how you feel about mass digital surveillance. https://teespring.com/stores/eotss-merch

Theme song was created by Michael Leavitt. If you want (or need) a piece of music that you own (for a wedding or anything else), check him out. He is the best and is a great guy, too.

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14 - NSA, Encryption, and Congress

14 - NSA, Encryption, and Congress

June 22, 2020

This week, I discuss the corruption of the NSA and how its very existence threatens not only the privacy of Americans, but the very security it promises us in exchange for that privacy, and the ongoing war on encryption. I  also introduce a new segment that I’ll call “messing with the scammers,” this week on EOTSS!

 

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https://www.reuters.com/article/us-juniper-encryption-congress-idUSKBN23H2C9

https://www.zdnet.com/article/congress-asks-juniper-for-the-results-of-its-2015-nsa-backdoor-investigation/

https://www.documentcloud.org/documents/6940833-Wyden-House-Juniper-Letter.html

https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/23554-government-s-all-access-pass-to-your-privacy

https://www.thenewamerican.com/tech/computers/item/22701-mcafee-gov-t-backdoors-are-destroying-national-security

https://www.businessinsider.com/john-mcafee-nsa-back-door-gives-every-us-secret-to-enemies-2016-2?r=US&IR=T

https://www.dailydot.com/debug/earn-it-act-petition/

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Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

Get your Enemy of the [Surveillance] State merch. Wear it with pride and show the world how you feel about mass digital surveillance. https://teespring.com/stores/eotss-merch

Theme song was created by Michael Leavitt. If you want (or need) a piece of music you own (for a wedding or anything else), check him out. He is the best and is a great guy, too.

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13 - COVID, Riots, and Kidney Stones, Oh My!

13 - COVID, Riots, and Kidney Stones, Oh My!

June 19, 2020

I owe all of you an explanation for why it has been a month since the last episode. Please give this a listen. 

12 - Discussing Surveillance With Our Children

12 - Discussing Surveillance With Our Children

June 3, 2020

This week, I have the Murray Hunter, author of Boris the BabyBot, a children's book about Big Data and Surveillance Capitalism. We discuss Surveillance Capitalism, and how to teach children about the Surveillance State in age appropriate ways. The sound quality is not up to this show's normal standards, but rather than delay the show any further, I decided to post it. Perfect is the enemy of good. 

Here are the links to the things we discussed in this episode:

The Electronic Frontier Foundations "Surveillance Self Defense" page - chock full of great info.

https://ssd.eff.org/

Murray's website where you can find Boris the BabyBot - it makes a great gift idea for the young children in your life. 

https://boristhebabybot.org/

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Enemy of the [Surveillance] State is written, produced, and narrated by C. Mitchell Shaw and is listener supported — No ads. No compromise. If you are interested in supporting the show, check out https://www.patreon.com/EnemyOfSurveillance — Anything you can do is greatly appreciated. It takes time, talent, and money to make a show like this. Please consider supporting.

Get your Enemy of the [Surveillance] State merch. Wear it with pride and show the world how you feel about mass digital surveillance. https://teespring.com/stores/eotss-merch

Theme song was created by Michael Leavitt. If you want (or need) a piece of music you own (for a wedding or anything else), check him out. He is the best and is a great guy, too.

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