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As Domestic Abuse Goes Digital, Shelters Turn To Counter-surveillance With Tor 133

An anonymous reader writes "Almost every modern abusive relationship has a digital component, from cyberstalking to hacking phones, emails, and social media accounts, but women's shelters increasingly have found themselves on the defensive, ill-equipped to manage and protect their clients from increasingly sophisticated threats. Recently the Tor Project stepped in to help change that. Andrew Lewman, executive director of the project, 'thinks of the digital abuse epidemic like a doctor might consider a biological outbreak. "Step one, do not infect yourself. Step two, do not infect others, especially your co-workers. Step three, help others," he said. In the case of digital infections, like any other, skipping those first two steps can quickly turn caretakers into infected liabilities. For domestic violence prevention organizations that means ensuring their communication lines stay uncompromised. And that means establishing a base level of technology education for staff with generally little to no tech chops who might not understand the gravity of clean communication lines until faced with a situation where their own phone or email gets hacked.'"
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As Domestic Abuse Goes Digital, Shelters Turn To Counter-surveillance With Tor

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  • by Charliemopps ( 1157495 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @04:18PM (#46943035)

    If you need to be private from your spouse/so, you should examine why. Then, alter your current relationship or find a relationship where it's comfortable enough that you don't feel like you have to keep secrets.

    If you're keeping secrets, you're not all in, and bad things will come eventually. If you think that not being able to keep secrets constitutes abuse, I think you have a problematic definition.

    As I'm very good at this sort of thing because I work in the industry and nothing goes in and out of our network without me knowing about it, it's come up. I explained to her that she would have to trust me that I would never read her mail (which I dont), and I would have to trust her that all of her secret emails involved surprise birthday parties or generalize complaints about me to her sisters (which I could understand). If she did feel the need to be sending the kinds of emails that if I read them we'd have a real problem, just divorce me instead. It will make the emails a lot easier, and I can hit on all her friends.

  • by Anonymous Coward on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @04:30PM (#46943143)

    My wife knows my email password. She has full file permissions on my porn folder. I even have location sharing enabled on my phone.

    But I will never share my Spotify playlists, lest she find out my hidden love of One Direction and Rebecca Black.

  • by bitt3n ( 941736 ) on Wednesday May 07, 2014 @05:21PM (#46943577)

    Exactly. My wife is free to read my email any time she wants, and vice versa. Can't imagine needing to hide anything. I've also learned there are two sides to every story. Be very careful judging if you've only heard one.

    the other side of the story: "my husband thinks he has access to all my email."

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