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Topic - Physical surveillance (27)
"The following text is intended to give some background to the ongoing 129 trial [for criminal association] in Munich and to provide information about recent developments as well as to provide a general assessment of the whole situation."
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(de) Neueste Entwicklungen und Hintergründe rund um das 129er Verfahren in München oder: Die Verfolgung von Anarchist*innen und Kippenstummeln im bajuwarisch-christlichen Königreich
"Der folgende Text soll einige Hintergründe zu dem laufenden 129er Verfahren in München geben und über neueste Entwicklungen informieren als auch eine generelle Einschätzung zu dem ganzen Komplex liefern."
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(fr) Derniers développements et contexte autour de la procédure §129 à Munich ou: Les poursuites contre des anarchistes et des mégots au royaume chrétien de Bavière
"Le texte suivant a pour but de donner quelques informations de fond sur l’enquête [pour association de malfaiteurs] basée sur l’article 129 du code pénal en cours à Munich, et de fournir les derniers développements ainsi qu’une évaluation générale de l’ensemble de l’affaire."
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Friends & other activists
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DNA, Digital surveillance, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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19 November 2022
by Puget Sound Prisoner Support (pugetsoundanarchists.org)
"This information was compiled from public arrest documents regarding incidents in the Seattle area [...]. We provide our observations of these cases to highlight the dangers of not following security practices, as well as to inform the community that one of the defendants has cooperated with the authorities."
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Friends & other activists
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Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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30 July 2022
"In November 2021, three anarchists from Hamburg were notified that they had been put under surveillance by the Hamburg State Security Services of the Regional Criminal Police Office for two different periods of time. [...] In what follows, we want to try to give access to the information we have. Not only because we believe that this information can be useful - but also to experiment with a collective way of dealing with the turmoil of such attacks and intrusions."
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(de) Observationen gegen Anarchist*innen
"Im November 2021 erhielten drei Hamburger Anarchist*innen die Benachrichtigung, in zwei verschiedenen Zeiträumen vom Hamburger Staatsschutz des LKAs observiert worden zu sein. [...] Wir wollen im Folgenden versuchen, einen Einblick in die uns vorliegenden Informationen zu geben. Nicht nur weil wir denken, dass die Informationen hilfreich sein können - sondern auch, um mit einem kollektiven Umgang mit der Betroffenheit von solchen An- und Eingriffen zu experimentieren."
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(fr) Analyse du dossier de "mise sous surveillance" de trois anarchistes
"En novembre 2021, trois anarchistes de Hambourg ont reçu la notification qu’ielles avaient été mis-e-s sous surveillance par les services hambourgeois de Sûreté de l’État de l’Office régional de la police criminelle pendant deux périodes de temps différentes. [...] Dans ce qui suit, nous voulons tenter de donner un accès aux informations dont nous disposons. Non seulement parce que nous pensons que ces informations peuvent être utiles - mais aussi pour expérimenter une manière collective d’aborder le trouble que suscitent de telles attaques et intrusions."
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Friends & other activists
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Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
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16 February 2022
"An evaluation of the observation and surveillance of the three anarchists convicted in the so-called "Parkbank trial"."
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(de) Observationen und andere Ärgernisse
"Eine Auswertung zu Observation und Überwachung gegen die drei im sogenanten „Parkbank-Verfahren“ veurteilten Anarchist_innen."
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(fr) Espionnages et autres désagréments
"Une analyse de la mise sous observation et de la surveillance des trois anarchistes condamné-e-s dans le dit « Procès du banc-public »."
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(it) Sulla sorveglianza e altre seccature
"Un’analisi delle tecniche di indagine e di sorveglianza utilizzate contro i tre compagni anarchici condannati nel caso "Parkbank"."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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3 September 2021
by Thomas Meyer-Falk
"Thomas Meyer-Falk (Sicherungsverwahrung der JVA Freiburg) berichtet über Formen der Überwachung im Knastalltag."
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Friends & other activists, Friends in jail
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Physical surveillance
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Audio
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10 August 2021
"An einem Aktionsort wurde ein Rucksack gefunden, der von den Bullen durch den Inhalt der Aktion zugeordnet wurde. Wir wollen zeigen, welchen Aufwand die Bullen betrieben, um heraus zu bekommen wo dieser Rucksack gekauft wurde. Die Aktion war ein Feuer, mit großem Sachschaden. Der Ermittlungsdruck in diesem Fall war sehr hoch, daher auch der große Aufwand der Ermittlungen."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Physical surveillance
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Text
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5 August 2021
Warning from CSRC: we consider this resource to be partly outdated, but we think it can still be useful. Please take it with caution.
by Klaus-Henning Glitza
"Ein Observations-Handbuch für Privatdetektive ebenso wie Bullen, das an vielen Stellen ausführlich Strategien, sowie Ziele und Verhaltensregeln von Observant*innen beschreibt."
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State institution
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Hidden devices, Physical surveillance
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Text
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21 July 2021
Warning from CSRC: we consider this resource to be partly outdated, but we think it can still be useful. Please take it with caution.
"Ein Erfahrungsbericht eines Teils der ehemaligen Radikal-Redaktion zu den zwischen 1993 und 1995 gegen sie stattfindenden Observationsmaßnahmen und wie sich diese auf ihre Arbeit und auf ihr Leben ausgewirkt haben."
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Friends & other activists
Topic
Physical surveillance
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Text
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21 July 2021
Advice from CSRC: if you're interested in this resource, you might also be interested in Organizing Against the G20 in Toronto: Interview with Mandy Hiscocks.
"This zine explores the conspiracy case that came out of the G20 summit in Toronto, Canada in 2010. It examines the role anarchists played in organizing resistance to the G20 and the ways in which the state responded to this activity. It can help sharpen our understanding of how states use surveillance, infiltration, and the legal system itself to prevent people from acting. It's an important expansion on the topics raised in other more basic security culture zines."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
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21 July 2021
"Am 9. Mai 2007 durchsuchten Bundesanwaltschaft (BAW) und Bundeskriminalamt (BKA) zahlreiche Wohnungen und andere Räumlichkeiten in Berlin, Bremen, Hamburg und Land Brandenburg. Anlass war das Ermittlungsverfahren [...] der BAW gegen zuletzt 18 Personen wegen des Verdachts der Bildung einer terroristischen Vereinigung. Vorgeworfen werden dieser Vereinigung diverse v.a. Brandanschläge in den Regionen Hamburg und Berlin zwischen 2005 und 2007. Mitte Juni 2007 übermittelte die BAW im Rahmen der Akteneinsicht einen "Auszug" der Ermittlungsakten. Dies ist die Auswertung dieses "Auszugs"."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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21 July 2021
by CrimethInc (crimethinc.com)
"The goal of the bloc as a tactic is to have everyone look as similar as possible, so that, ideally, no single individual can be identified within the anonymous mass. This helps to keep everybody safer."
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(id) Tips Berpakaian bagi Para Pemberani yang Keren
"Blok sebagai taktik bertujuan untuk membuat setiap orang terlihat semirip mungkin, sehingga, idealnya, tidak ada satu individu pun yang dapat teridentifikasi dalam massa yang anonim. Ini membantu semua orang menjadi lebih aman."
(pt) Dicas de Moda Para Pessoas com Coragem
"O objetivo do bloco como uma tática é fazer com que todos pareçam o mais semelhante possível, de modo que, idealmente, nenhum indivíduo possa ser identificado dentro da massa anônima. Isso ajuda a manter todo mundo mais seguro."
Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
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11 July 2021
by Autonomes Blättchen (autonomesblaettchen.noblogs.org)
"Advice on how to act prudently and with panache in the streets."
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(de) Tipps und Tricks für Riots and Stuff
"Hinweise zum umsichtigen und schwungvollen Agieren auf der Straße."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
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9 July 2021
by Jonathan 'smuggler' Logan
"Operational Security is a complex topic. A few years ago I did a seminar on the subject for a humanitarian organization that operated in a hostile environment. [...] I hope it inspires and helps others that have to do their jobs under the eyes of hostile actors."
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Independent researchers
Topics
Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
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12 May 2021
by Anarchist Black Cross Dresden (abcdd.org)
"This guide aims to be a concise overview on information security for anyone in emancipatory struggles against structures of power. It represents assembled knowledge and best practices from personal experience, conversations with hackers and fellow activists, hacker conferences, and university courses on computer security and cryptography."
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(de) Informationssicherheit für Aktivist*innen
"Dieses Anleitung zielt darauf ab, einen knappen Überblick zur Informationssicherheit für alle zu bieten, die sich in emanzipatorischen Kämpfen gegen Machtstukturen befinden. Sie umfasst eine Ansammlung von Wissen und Praktiken, die aus persönlichen Erfahrungen, Gesprächen mit Hackern und anderen Aktivist*innen, Hacker-Konferenzen und Universitätskursen zu Computersicherheit und Kryptographie entstanden sind."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
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7 May 2021
"Παρακολούθηση για τις αρχές και το παρακράτος σημαίνει να ελέγχονται συστηματικά αλλά και αποσπασματικά οι κινήσεις και οι ενέργειες προσώπων ή ομάδων, χωρίς αυτοί να το γνωρίζουν ή να έχουν ενημερωθεί σχετικά. Αντιπαρακολούθηση είναι κάθε τακτική που βοηθά στο να αποφεύγεται ή να γίνεται πολύ δύσκολος ο έλεγχος μέσω της παρακολούθησης."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Amnesty International (amnesty.org)
"Activists in Belarus are subject to unchecked government surveillance with no independent oversight. The government uses telecoms companies to facilitate surveillance by demanding direct, remote-control access to customer communications and data. Against the background of an already restrictive legal environment, this creates a chilling effect that forces activists out of public life."
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(ru) Гражданское общество, секретность и слежка в Беларуси
"Правовая база, регулирующая порядок негласного наблюдения в Беларуси, характеризуется отсутствием соответствующих гарантий безопасности, и позволяет властям осуществлять широкомасштабную слежку практически без всякого обоснования. И хотя фактически любой человек может стать объектом слежки, почти невозможно узнать, ведётся ли за ним слежка сейчас, или она велась ранее. Подобная неопределённость оказывает сковывающий эффект на правозащитников, оппозиционных политиков, юристов и активистов, и ограничивает их возможности в реализации своих прав, в том числе права на неприкосновенность частной жизни, свободу объединений, свободу мирных собраний и свободу выражения мнений."
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Independent researchers
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Digital surveillance, Hidden devices, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance
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Text
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7 May 2021
by Tactical Technology Collective and others
"Holistic Security is a strategy manual to help human rights defenders maintain their well-being in action. The holistic approach integrates self-care, well-being, digital security, and information security into traditional security management practices."
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(pt) Segurança Holística
"Segurança Holística é um manual de estratégia para ajudar os defensores dos direitos humanos a manter seu bem-estar em ação. A abordagem holística integra autocuidado, bem-estar, segurança digital e segurança da informação nas práticas tradicionais de gerenciamento de segurança."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"We think its appropriate to publicize some information surrounding our surveillance and our subsequent arrest by the anti-terrorist cops on 30.04.2013 in Nea Filadelphia."
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(el) Κείμενο των προφυλακισμένων της Νέας Φιλαδέλφειας
"Θεωρούμε σκόπιμο να δημοσιοποιήσουμε κάποιες πληροφορίες γύρω από την παρακολούθηση και ακολούθως, τη σύλληψή μας απ’ τους αντιτρομοκατικάριους στις 30.04.2013 στη περιοχή της Ν. Φιλαδέλφειας."
(it) Lettera dei compagni prigionieri per il caso di Nea Filadelfia
"Pensiamo sia necessario divulgare alcune informazioni riguardo alla nostra sorveglianza e al conseguente arresto fatto dagli agenti dell’antiterrorismo il 30/4/13 a Nea Filadelfia."
Origins
Friends & other activists, Friends in jail
Topics
Clandestinity, Physical surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Michael Schmidt / Andrea Müller
"Observation und Gegenobservation: Dieser Text behandelt ihre Möglichkeiten, Risiken und Gegenmaßnahmen; er basiert auf Recherchen, Erfahrungsberichten und Insiderinformationen sowie einigen wenigen Veröffentlichungen zu diesem Thema."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Automated license plate readers, Hidden devices, IMSI catchers, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"Recueils de textes sur ce qui fut, en janvier 2008, la première affaire traitée par une juridiction antiterroriste concernant ce que policiers, juges et médias nomment « la mouvance anarcho-autonome », plus spécifiquement dans cette histoire « la mouvance anarcho-autonome francilienne »."
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Mauvaises intentions 1 (2008)
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Mauvaises intentions 2 (2009)
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Mauvaises intentions 3 (2012)
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Analyse d'un dossier d'instruction antiterroriste (2010)
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Origin
Friends & other activists
Topics
DNA, Digital surveillance, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance
Type
Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Théorie du contexte (theorieducontexte.wordpress.com)
"Το παρακάτω κείµενο είναι µια προσπάθεια αποτύπωσης των μεθόδων που χρησιμοποιεί η αστυνομία για να παρακολουθήσει κινήσεις και ενέργειές µας ή για να δημιουργήσει ένα πεδίο πίεσης γύρω µας, καθώς και τακτικές που μπορούν να τις αναχαιτίσουν και να µας προστατέψουν."
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Στις σελίδες 6-10 του τρίτου τεύχους του περιοδικού "Théorie du contexte"
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Hidden devices, Physical surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"To je smyslem Černorudé příručky - podpořit v nás sebevědomí, zmenšit náš strach a zároveň přiložit další kámen do pevnosti s názvem bezpečnostní kultura. Nejde přitom jen o jednotlivce, důsledný musí být každý jeden z nás. Pokud všichni budeme pevní a důslední, pak se výrazně sníží riziko, že budeme chyceni a nakonec rozbiti jako celek."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
DNA, Digital surveillance, Direct action, Fingerprints, Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Security culture
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by ActivistSecurity.org collective
"This booklet is an introduction to security for action and activists. It is hoped it will provide you with the necessary information for taking action and for effective campaigning in the face of state and corporate oppression."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
by Right2Know Campaign
"The R2K seeks to create a country and a world where we all have the right to know – that is to be free to access and to share information. This right is fundamental to any democracy that is open, accountable, participatory and responsive; able to deliver the social, economic, gender and environmental justice we need."
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Big Brother exposed (2015)
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Stop the surveillance! State surveillance in South Africa (2017)
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Spooked: surveillance of journalists in South Africa (2018)
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, IMSI catchers, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"Security is vital to the success & survival of the resistance movement. This is because we have an enemy who actively works to undermine, neutralize, & ultimately destroy us. Failure to remain aware of security concerns can mean the difference between victory or defeat, freedom or imprisonment, life or death. Not only for yourself, but others around you."
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(es) Seguridad y Contra-Vigilancia: Información contra el estado policial
"La seguridad es vital para el triunfo y sobrevivencia del movimiento de resistencia. Esto es porque tenemos un enemigo que activamente trabaja en sabotearnos, neutralizarnos y finalmente destruirnos. Fallar en lo que a seguridad concierne puede ser la diferencia entre la victoria y la derrota, libertad o aprisionamiento, vida o muerte. No solo para ti mismo, sino también para los que te rodean."
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(it) Sicurezza & Contro-Sorveglianza: Informazione contro lo Stato di Polizia
"La sicurezza è vitale per il successo e la sopravvivenza dei movimenti di resistenza. Ciò è per il semplice motivo che abbiamo un nemico che lavora attivamente per ostacolarci, neutralizzarci e infine distruggerci. Non prestare attenzione riguardo a tutto ciò che concerne la sicurezza può determinare l’esito tra la vittoria e la sconfitta, tra la libertà e l’imprigionamento, tra la vita e la morte. Non solo per te stesso, ma per tutte le persone attorno a te."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Mobile phones, Physical surveillance, Video surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
"This project has been assembled to distribute much needed information about Security Culture throughout activist groups in Australia [...]. The intent is to spread awareness and share knowledge about why Security Culture is needed, and why it is imperative for all groups - regardless of tactics - to adopt stringent security awareness into their work."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Digital surveillance, Facial recognition, Hidden devices, Infiltrators and informants, Physical surveillance, Security culture, Video surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021
Warning from CSRC: we consider this resource to be partly outdated, but we think it can still be useful. Please take it with caution.
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by Moriarty
"We are born with our fingerprints, and we'll never be able to change them or get rid of them. Whenever you touch something with your fingertips you leave behind your calling card. The police will have a varying degree of difficulty in reproducing your prints depending on the surface upon which it lies."
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Friends & other activists
Topics
Fingerprints, Other physical traces, Physical surveillance
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Text
Date added
7 May 2021