Global TrapWire, INDECT protest planned Saturday, October 20

A Google map is being circulated online to rally a global protest on Saturday, October 20 against surveillance systems TrapWire and INDECT.
Written by Violet Blue, Contributor

The TrapWire surveillance system and Europe's INDECT are the subject of a global protest planned for Saturday, October 20.


Information about the protest is being shared by Operation INDECT (OpINDECT International) and there is an #OpINDECT/#TrapWire Facebook Event Page.

It is not the first INDECT protest - but recent news about TrapWire from the Wikileaks leak of private intelligence firm Stratfor's documents has added a tanker of gas to the fire.

News and locations of the protest are being shared on various forums and social media sites primarily with a Google Map showing locations of protesters joining the efforts to raise awareness and intent to stop use of the surveillance technologies.

There is also an announcement about the protest citing Anonymous EU in a Pastebin info entry.

TrapWire is in implementation in the United States while INDECT is officially still a European research project.

While details are unconfirmed, the intent of both TrapWire and INDECT is to combine various intelligent surveillance technologies with tracking and location data, individual profile histories from various sources (datamining and social media), and image data analysis (such as facial recognition; TrapWire's video component) to monitor people under the guise of threat detection.

Some Twitter users have commented that they believe Twitter to be currently censoring "OpIndect_" tweets, though this is unverified as of this posting.

Map locations increase as more join the protest. Most locations are in central Europe at present. This is because Europe is where INDECT is currently planned for use in monitoring and gathering data on EU citizens. The protest planned for October 20 has now expanded beyond INDECT with TrapWire opposition.

Upon the release of Wikileaks' Stratfor documents (emails), news about TrapWire and sibling surveillance technologies have been met with increasing public surprise, fear and outrage.

A significant number of TrapWire and INDECT's opponents believe the surveillance systems to be direct threats to privacy, certain civil freedoms and that their implementation could constitute human rights violations.

TrapWire is used by private entities, the US Government "and its allies overseas."

Last week it was revealed that TrapWire is now linked to Anonymizer, a tool used by activists and at-risk populations - formerly trusted for its security and anonymity protections.

The EFF and ACLU have been cautious to jump into the fray; some early TrapWire reports overhyped its capabilities with an embarrassing lack of substantiation.

Still, the ACLU tells us that TrapWire "does deserve a high level of attention and concern" and "we do know the program combines several elements that are each deeply problematic."

Anonymous News made the below video last month, with its explanation of INDECT:

Anonymous - What is INDECT? (It will be that Don t let it come) [English] from Anonymous News on Vimeo.


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