Bitcoin Charity Campaign For Edward Snowden Launched At BitHope
Bitcoin donations platform BitHope.org has posted a petition urging people to donate to Edward Snowden.
Remarkably, the petition’s authors decided to raise just one BTC to send it to the former contractor of U.S. intelligence. At the moment of writing, they managed to raise 0.7889 BTC. The petition’s originators believe that Snowden’s work made it clear it’s highly probable that all your actions may be recorded.
â€śThe security agencies of some of the most powerful countries in the modern world have made significant use of the convenience that technological advancement brings in order to limit our freedom and privacy in a manner that even George Orwell would consider extreme,â€ť the petition’s originators noted in their introductory text.
Additionally, they listed ten more reasons why everyone should participate in raising money for Snowden.
â€ś1. Thanks to his discoveries, we now know that the US government used secret court orders that allow NSA to sweep up Americans’ phone records (all of them);
2. The PRISM program. At first, it was reported that the US government had direct access to the servers of U.S tech giants like Google, Facebook, Microsoft and Apple, among others. It was later revealed that the NSA doesn’t have direct access to the servers, but can request user data from the companies, which are compelled by law to comply.
3. Britain’s version of the NSA taps fiber-optic cables around the world. The British spy agency, the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), taps fiber optic cables all over the world to intercept data flowing through the global Internet and collaborates with the NSA through a program, codenamed â€śTemporaâ€ť.
4. NSA spies on foreign countries and world leaders â€“ German Chancellor specifically.
5. We found out about XKeyscore, the program that sees everything. XKeyscore is a tool the NSA uses to search “nearly everything a user does on the Internet” through data it intercepts across the world.
6. The NSA efforts to crack encryption and undermine Internet security â€“ all the time. The NSA has a lot of people thinking about this problem full-time. According to the black budget summary, 35,000 people and $11 billion annually are part of the Department of Defense-wide Consolidated Cryptologic Program. Of that, 4 percent — or $440 million — goes to “Research and Technology.” That’s an enormous amount of money – probably more than everyone else on the planet spends on cryptography research put together.
On 25 April, 2016 the Director of the U.S. National Intelligence blamed Snowden for advancing the development of user-friendly, widely available strong encryption and sped up spread of encryption by 7 years.
Snowden’s commented: “Of all the things I’ve been accused of, this is the one of which I am most proud.”
7. We know about NSA elite hacking team codenamed “Tailored Access Operations” (TAO) that hacks into computers worldwide, infects them with malware and does the dirty job when other surveillance tactics fail.
8. NSA was able to crack Google and Yahoo data center links, meaning that it could infiltrate links connecting Yahoo and Google data centers, behind the companies’ backs.
9. The NSA collects text messages. With its unofficial motto of “collecting it all,” the Agency intercepts 200 million text messages every day worldwide through a program called Dishfire.
10. The NSA intercepts and stores all phone calls made in the Bahamas and Afghanistan through a program called MYSTIC.â€ť
All raised funds will be sent to Edward Snowden’s bitcoin address, with BitHope holding back from controlling the funds’ sources or anything they might be eventually spent on.
This March, BitHope has finalized its first successful project: the site’s users raised 0.6 BTC to buy shoes for children from orphanages.
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