Protests are set to continue in the back half of 2022, with many in the freedom movement turning their attention to the next phases of the Great Reset, including inflation, food shortages, social credit and more.
The first thing you should be aware of is that smartphones are constantly collecting and transmitting data about you, and it is best to incorporate safe practices into your routine when attending a protest.
If you do take your phone to a protest, there are two ways it can be used to get information on you.
There’s the passive collection of data, which is information your phone sends out as part of its normal use.
Many apps will collect data, such as your location, that it doesn’t need for its normal service to sell as part of its business model, Sadowski said.
TOTT News how counter-intelligence operations had infiltrated online Telegram chats and were suppressing protests in areas also reported on before groups had gathered together.
Much of the data is collected by big tech and telecommunication companies which have enormous amounts of information on large swathes of the population.
In Australia, telcos are obliged to keep
, which can be accessed by two years of metadata . an increasing number of government agencies
Even encrypted messages can potentially be accessed by authorities via
or accounts taken over under the still relatively new Australia’s anti-encryption legislation . Surveillance Legislation Amendment (Identify and Disrupt) Act 2021
Every time you ping off a cell tower, that’s a data point about your location, and you can triangulate that to a pretty precise location. There are many ways for law enforcement to get access to that data.
Then there’s active smartphone surveillance, which is when devices are used to
that can be used to trace or identify people. actively pick up mobile phone signals
The easiest way to stop this surveillance is to
leave your phone at home.
Or, as many people need their phones,
other options include using a (a pouch that blocks radio signals), leaving it switched off or on airplane mode, or ensuring that Bluetooth functions are disabled. Faraday bag
These simple steps of protection could be the most important you do when attending a protest.
But attendees should also be wary of
external factors that are not inside of their range, such as city systems. FACIAL RECOGNITION EVERYWHERE
Another way of tracking protesters is by using their faces.
Facial recognition technology that allows the rapid identification of someone from an image or video is an emerging form of mass surveillance and tracking.
There are multiple facial recognition products that allow users to scan faces against enormous databases of stored faces to find matches. Systems that have slowly developed over the last two decades:
This includes a significant increase in the use of
, including in biometric systems in Australia , CBD districts , airports , schools , public transport and more. supermarkets
Police in Melbourne, for example,
CCTV cameras with facial recognition capabilities across the CBD for some time, so does public transport in already have been using and Queensland . Sydney
has been criticised, while Perth ‘smart CCTV’ network across the city. has ongoing surveillance
Some systems, like
, are available to consumers, whereas others, such as PimEyes , have been trialled by police across the world and have raised concerns. Clearview AI
Digital Rights Watch says the use of facial recognition technology
. threatens the privacy of a free society
Because there is very rarely any reason to warrant unwanted surveillance if you are in public, it is advised you try to obscure your face as much as possible. Especially for the marches.
Wear a hat, sunglasses, and even try other options. Imagine if everyone wore a ? Mark Zuckerberg mask
The People’s Revolution has face painting activities for children at Brisbane events, for example. This is a good way to protect your little ones, and perhaps adults may consider a design for the day.
Wearing plain clothing outside of your normal attire and covering tattoos are also effective measures.
By shielding your signals and by covering yourself as much as possible, both by look and inside the larger crowds on the day, you are doing the best you can to protect from the prying eyes of Big Brother.
But it isn’t just the physical realm that is important, either.
Online protection can also help reduce your footprint shown to authorities.
Authorities that are increasingly
at any means they can. looking to squash protests
There are a number of other ways that you leave digital traces that you might leave when attending a protest.
Photos and videos can help identify individuals after the fact.
These files often contain metadata that will provide information about when and where it was captured.
Also, details captured in the footage may help track down other protesters. The account of Victoria Police was seen watching one livestream during lockdown periods, where many people were being interviewed randomly.
Be careful about sharing footage to social media, and to consider stripping data if you choose to and taking steps to conceal the identity of anyone captured in the footage unless they’ve also consented.
Try to use distortion tactics to prevent law enforcement systems identifying the people in the shot.
We also suggested using encrypted messaging services, such as
, to contact others if you must. Signal
Even though Australia has undermined encrypted forms of messaging, you might as well make it harder.
How you get to and from a protest is also subject to tracking.
Automatic number plate recognition technology can be used to monitor vehicles, and has been used by police to track people’s movements
. during NSW’s lockdown measures
for new QLD number plates was introduced in June 2020. Compulsory microchips
Similarly, using a transport card such as a Myki/Go Card/Opal Card leaves a digital footprint.
Be wary if you are catching public transport to protests. Police were able to track
by waiting at train stations and searching buses late in the afternoons after proceedings had ended. Melbourne tradie protests
Activists and civil society organisations have traditionally always been at a greater risk of surveillance.
It serves everyone to be mindful of their privacy while protesting.