Want To Stop Being Spied Upon? Here’s A Phone Case That’ll Solve Your Problem!
Edward Snowden, the most famous whistleblower in the world and for many a true hero, has outlined plans for a smartphone case that notifies users when their phones are under surveillance.Credit
Snowden and Andrew “Bunnie” Huang have designed the plans for the case and they have published their work in an online paper called “Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance.” The published plans are an open source document, which means anyone can view the blueprints for the device and create their own. The smartphone case notifies the user when the phone’s radio connections (including Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and cellular connection) are receiving or sending information.
The case also covers the rear camera in order to prevent the recording of videos without the user’s knowledge. Apart from the features that give information to the user, the phone case also has a sort of “kill switch” capable of immediately cutting the power off the phone, preventing any further surveillance. Snowden and Huang’s case is based around an iPhone 6, but as they claim in the paper, the case works just as well for any other type of smartphone.
In the paper, Snowden and Bunnie say that if the prototypes show promise, they will look forward to eventually finding funding for mass production. This device can be a potential life-saver for many journalists, especially those operating under regimes or strict journalistic censorship and for those reporting from war zones. In 2012, a war correspondent for the Sunday Times, Marie Colvin, and French photojournalist, Remi Ochli, were both executed by Syrian government forces.Credit
Allegedly, Syrian forces were able to locate the journalists by tracing their phones. Snowden says the smartphone case is primarily intended for journalists and potential whistleblowers, rather than the average person. However, Snowden looks to the Freedom of the Press Foundation for funding in order to make the device available to everyone. The 33-year old became famous in June 2013 when he disclosed classified government information regarding unlawful global surveillance.
He disclosed numerous global surveillance programs, many of which were run by the NSA (National Security Agency) and the Five Eyes Intelligence Alliance with the support of European governments and telecommunication companies. Since then, Snowden has been pursued by the United States with criminal charges against him under the 1917 Espionage Act.
Currently situated in Moscow (under a temporary asylum), Snowden leads the Freedom of the Press Foundation (along with other board members), which is a non-profit organization that offers support to journalists exposing governments and raises public awareness about global surveillance from governments and corporations. The Freedom of the Press Foundation (FPF) is mostly famous for the breaking of the WikiLeaks financial blockade in late 2012.
It runs several crown-funding campaigns a year devoted to funding independent journalistic organization, such as WikiLeaks. While Snowden has had plenty of luck avoiding persecution, fellow whistleblowers were less fortunate. He is hoping that this phone will help encourage people fighting against tyrannical governments and protect those who seek to expose the truth.