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Defend Dissent

Digital Suppression and Cryptographic Defense of Social Movements

by Glencora Borradaile

Defend Dissent

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Book Description

Defend Dissent is an introduction to cryptography paired with the social impacts of surveillance and the protective potential of encryption, with a focus on US social movements. Each chapter ends with a story that brings social context to the material - from surveillance used against contemporary US protests to the African National Congress's use of partially manual encryption in fighting apartheid in South Africa in the 80s.

This book can be read linearly, or you can pick and choose what you would like to learn about. Each chapter is prefaced with what you should read first (for background) and concludes with what you might want to read next.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-NC). You can download Defend Dissent ebook for free in PDF format (5.5 MB).

Table of Contents

Part 1
An Introduction to Cryptography
Chapter 1
What Is Encryption?
Chapter 2
Modern Cryptography
Chapter 3
Exchanging Keys for Encryption
Chapter 4
Cryptographic Hash
Chapter 5
The Man in the Middle
Chapter 6
Chapter 7
Public-Key Cryptography
Chapter 8
Authenticity through Cryptographic Signing
Chapter 9
Chapter 10
Anonymous Routing
Part 2
Digital Suppression of Social Movements (in the US)
Chapter 11
Mechanisms of Social Movement Suppression
Chapter 12
Digital Threats to Social Movements
Part 3
Defending Social Movements (in the US)
Chapter 13
Defending against Surveillance and Suppression
Chapter 14
Security Culture
Chapter 15
Protecting Your Devices
Chapter 16
Protecting Your Communications
Chapter 17
Protecting Your Remote Data
Chapter 18
Protecting Your Identity
Selecting Digital Security Tools

Book Details

Defend Dissent
Computer Science
Oregon State University
ISBN13 Digital
ISBN10 Digital
PDF Size
5.5 MB

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