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
An Introduction to Cryptography
What Is Encryption?
Exchanging Keys for Encryption
The Man in the Middle
Authenticity through Cryptographic Signing
Digital Suppression of Social Movements (in the US)
Mechanisms of Social Movement Suppression
Digital Threats to Social Movements
Defending Social Movements (in the US)
Defending against Surveillance and Suppression
Protecting Your Devices
Protecting Your Communications
Protecting Your Remote Data
Protecting Your Identity
Selecting Digital Security Tools