Most people flee war zones in a time of crisis. Armed with little more than donated hardware and custom code, the activist group Telecomix heads into crises to build paths around surveillance and restore internet freedom and human rights.
Telecomix activists were active during the 2011 uprisings in North Africa to restore communications for journalists and fellow activists. They're currently working in Syria, safely restoring pathways for real information out of the crisis.
(Image credit: Telecomix/Stephan Urbach by Ole Reißmann, CC BY-NC-SA 2.0 License)
In his role as "unofficially official" spokesperson for Telecomix, Stephan "Tomate" Urbach is well equipped to tell us about the anti-censorship network technologies that Telecomix used along with potential lessons for those of us engaged in the ongoing fight against secret state surveillance in the "free world".
In addition to working with Telecomix, Urbach spent the first part of this decade working with the Berlin Pirate Parliamentary group. When not working with activists or pirates, he enjoys a quiet life with cats in Berlin.
Note: Urbach is also speaking at MIT and Yale Law School. Find out more about his complete US speaking schedule at int.herrurbach.de.