jacob appelbaum

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Jacob is a contributor to Julian Assange’s 2012 book Cypherpunks: Freedom and the Future of the Internet along with Andy Müller-Maguhn and Jérémie Zimmermann.


29 min – with all the data there – you can tell whatever story you want

37 min – alexander – our soul salvation lies in everybody caring about each other

40 min

1. people say – what did you expect – encourage people to not just have half a thought – encourage them to talk about what they’d like to see, think it through

2. people say – the data is out there – nothing you can do – no matter how bad – we can turn it around

3. people say – it’s for our own good – it stops real terrorism – important point about proportionality, democracy, and transparency


tor on wikipedia

In 2013 Jacob Appelbaum described Tor as a “part of an ecosystem of software that helps people regain and reclaim their autonomy. It helps to enable people to have agency of all kinds; it helps others to help each other and it helps you to help yourself. It runs, it is open and it is supported by a large community spread across all walks of life.”. Edward Snowden used the Tor Network to send information about PRISM to the Washington Post and The Guardian in June 2013.

tor project


Published on Dec 27, 2012

Jacob’s keynote at 29C3 (29th Chaos Communication Congress), 27 December 2012.

16 min  – to be free of suspicion is the beginning of freedom

18:50 – the surveillance state is part of a system of control that causes much suffering – with the secrecy – totally unaccountable

28 – a decision or a coping mechanism, when the state has the power to make you make those decisions, you are less free

45 – we don’t have democratic control over the things that matter to us, so what we need to do is try to replace those structures, act more than react

46 – the one hour leisure time –

47 – when we don’t act with compassion on a daily basis….

48 – we do actually have agency

49 – bravery – continuing to do things even when you are afraid….  these are the hacker people that want to put a man on the moon – so i believe we can practice a little good will toward each other as well

instead of making sure people are doing things differently, why don’t we make sure there are alternatives available for people to freely choose.

51 – secrecy give power, so out them, ask for accountability

[transparency as the new currency]

54 – death is certain but the time of death is uncertain – ellsberg, binney, dl,

what if the world is our department, let’s not sit idly by


from a post linked at end of Cypherpunks:

jacob appelbaums journal

parts i pulled out posted here:



dec 2013:

jacob on radar wave


jan 31, 2014 panel:

transmediale 2014 keynote: Art as Evidence

Published on Jan 31, 2014

Art as Evidence. A panel with Trevor Paglen, Jacob Appelbaum and Laura Poitras. Moderated by Tatiana Bazzichelli. 
Friday January 30, 2014, Haus der Kulturen der Welt, Berlin. 

Documentary film director Laura Poitras, independent security analyst Jacob Appelbaum and artist and geographer Trevor Paglen reflect on upcoming frontiers of action and awareness for hackers, activists and artists in the present context of geopolitical surveillance and control. This conversation aims to trace a possible path towards investigating the deconstruction of power structures through experiencing them from within, critically reflecting on the role of art and activism today in the context of the post-9/11 politics and society. Crossing various practices and disciplines, from film documentary, computer security, hacking, experimental geography, photography, this talk reveals the role of art as evidence, as a practice of making people regain and reclaim their autonomy, have agency and live consciously in a networked world. Reconnecting with the courageous practice of whistleblowing and ethical resistance, Appelbaum, Paglen and Poitras highlight contradictions between public visibility and individual privacy, information disclosure and data protection in the digital and physical info-sphere.

the crazy didn’t seem so crazy anymore


sept 2014 –

bbc horizon


I wish I could be with Laura, Trevor and Glenn at the Oscars. The never ending US Govt harassment of @wikileaks is personally soul crushing.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ioerror/status/569542759381647360

@ggreenwald @wikileaks I’ve mostly given up hope at this point. There is no justice in America for anyone involved with @wikileaks.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/ioerror/status/569545902551121920

@ioerror Keeping you, Laura, Glenn and ES out of the US has improved your journalism. All US journalists should be banned from the place.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/wikileaks/status/569551495177183233

true i’m sure. but there’s got to be another way.

Bravo also to @ioerror, Bill #Binny, Julian #Assange, Sarah #Harrison, and all the others behind story told in Oscar-winner #Citizenfour.

Original Tweet: https://twitter.com/jdormansteele/status/569708027164672000


aaron s day 2015

projects – wikileaks important to both of them – 2010 – aaron offering to help – if ever he could…

after db party – 3 walking home… knowing days were numbered – aaron communicated w/wikileaks/ja… how sad abandoned by so many

dang haas interview

we must refuse to be isolated for personal beliefs…

guy (Roger Dingledine – also lots of onion pages)after him talking even more about grand jury and justice system that isolates us from the get go… if called before grand jury first thing told is .. don’t tell anyone… because first thing in case is they ask you to tell who all you told and why… so solitary ness baked in

aaron legacy – about justice…

bryan stevenson ness.. for all of us..

very specific things needed to happen for very good reasons (via aaron) – let us carry on that work..

perhaps a nother way to leapfrog to a global do-over..

ps in the open, www ness, et al


Rather than talking about crypto: We should consider discussing what causes EU citizens to commit heinous murders and then to suicide.


Laura Poitras‘ the art of dissent (panda bears et al w/Ai Weiwei)..

june 2015 – the art of dissent [https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kmW7oTXgtQ8]