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On the ramping censorhip in Spain around the Catalan referendum

On October 1st, the Catalonian government will hold a referendum on regional independence from Spain. The Spanish government maintains that the referendum is unconstitutional and has been taking aggresive measures to attempt to prevent the vote from happening. This resulted in the seizure of paper ballots, arrests of elected Catalonian politicians on charges of sedition, and the deployment of 16,000 police and military forces in Catalonia.

The crackdown also manifested online through an escalation...

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Turkey's Crackdown on Human Rights Defenders Must Stop: A Call to Action in Support of #Istanbul10

On July 5th, ten human rights defenders, including two IT security consultants, were detained in Turkey while attending a workshop on holistic security. Those arrested are held under the accusation of 'committing crime in the name of a terrorist organization without being a member.' The allegation is baseless. Those falsely accused are representatives of non-violent and well-respected organizations that focus on human rights, women's rights, and democratic participation in Turkey. The training...

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Newsletter 6

Welcome to the sixth newsletter from Security Without Borders. This is a somewhat regular newsletter covering recent cyber security issues, tools and events relevant for activists, dissidents, journalists and civil society at large.

Security Tip Do you want to use the Tor Browser but are based in a country or region where web (and VPN) traffic is heavily monitored or blocked? Download Tor via email via the GetTor Robot: send an email to mailto:gettor@torproject.org with your operating system...

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Newsletter 5

Welcome to the fifth newsletter from Security Without Borders. This is a somewhat regular newsletter covering recent cyber security issues, tools and events relevant for activists, dissidents, journalists and civil society at large.

Security Tip: use full-disk encryption (with a very strong password!) on all your devices. Though this won't stop malware or a hacker from accessing the device while you are using it, it does mean that the data is protected when it is turned off. Should the device...

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Transmission 2

Transmissions from Security Without Borders are status updates intended for our supporters, members and partners.

Welcome to our second Transmission.

A lot has been happening. Numerous people joined our public mailing list and our public chat. We have already started rolling out some tools and services, and we’ll be launching more soon. We have sent out two issues of our newsletter, which now accounts almost 250 subscribers! In terms of assistance, we have already undertaken and completed a...

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