NOTE: On Sept. 14 – 17, activists with the Freedom Not Fear movement will stage an international week of action to oppose various forms of surveillance. EFF is spending this week examining surveillance trends and spotlighting movements that have sprung up in opposition. You can follow our series here.
In Buenos Aires, Argentinian privacy activists have joined the Freedom not Fear Global Week of Action alongside with Freedom Not Fear events in Brussels, Sydney and Luxembourg. On Saturday, Sept. 15th, Fundacion Via Libre will host a workshop dedicated to training journalists and activists on secure communications: anonymous browsing, email and desktop encryption. Fundación Vía Libre is a civil rights advocacy group working to protect human rights, access to knowledge and due process in cyberspace. In the last few years, the Argentinean Foundation has campaigned against mandatory data retention regimes, opposed a mandatory biometric system, and promoted encryption technologies and the use of free software by the Argentinean government.
As Beatriz Busaniche of Fundacion Via Libre noted, the Argentinean government has enhanced its mass surveillance capabilities in the last few years:
“In the name of public security, Argentina has adopted State mass surveillance policies, including the heightened monitoring ...