This years #CCCamp2019 https://events.ccc.de/camp/2019/ as the 2018 CCCcongress will have a #MailToJail | #Mail2Jail workshop | writing station located in the “Milliways” camp side block by the infodesk. Where attendants can to get acquainted with information on various imprisoned or currently awaiting trial Hacktivists, write postcards and share a friendly chat with “Milliways” crew. All mail will be collected at the end of camp and posted via epic ChaosMail to recipients. You can write anonymous cards as well as propose a return address for further correspondence with Hacktivists in question.
As we know too well, the current state of prosecution for Hactivists is far fetched from “justice” or remotely resembles such outcome. Many countries have atrocious sentencing proposition purposefully to make an example of Hacktivists and show-off the biggly mighty hand of “justice” system.
Even if we had a few wins down the line like the case of Lauri Love with epic win over USGov, the sentencing outcome presented would have landed our dear friend in jail in the “land of the free” for over 90 years. Logic.gif file not found.
It comes as no surprise that the intentions of prosecutors are to stop online | offline activism by fear, division tactics as well as spreading damaging misinformation to reduce public support, threatening family members and putting pressure from multiple sides so that a person in question (or sometimes groups as seen with J20) would take a plea deal. And we all seen how “well” that turns out.
The ancient “Computer Misuse Act 1990” that has very little to do with reality and speed of development in tech is a manipulation tool worded vaguely with only few quite unfavorable and unfortunate recent additions. Not to mention draconian sentencing year propositions for the defendants especially in the USA. The notions of freedom of the internet and freedom of information currently suffers greatly with examples of various gov’s banning encryption providing platforms and pressuring such services to work with governments to reveal user data not to mention horrific state of freedom of press in relation to source protection among many others.
Facing enormous number of years (sometimes the equivalent of few life sentences) in prison Hacktivists and Whistleblowers alike are battling these proceedings with hardships that also affects their loved ones emotionally and in many cases financially. Which is yet another way the institutions strategically put pressure on activists as a tactic to enforce cooperation. It takes enormous amount of stance, resilience and effort to resist this highly emotionally and physically damaging situation that commonly results in one or other shape of PTSD. Which is why support from community and family is so vital not only during the exhausting period of trial itself, but also during isolating time serving the sentence and quite fragile time afterwards.
For this reason as to show solidarity and support we put our heart and soul into #MailToJail | #Mail2Jail project that has been running on multiple platforms instigated throughout time by many interwebz entities from Milliways crew, AnonymousVideo, CyberGuerrillaAnonymousNexus and FreeAnons to mention a few.
If at Camp do come over and say hello, we will happily have a chat with you over a glass of something cold. There is an array of specially made CCCamp2019 postcards to pick from, pre-printed addresses and all that jazz. All you have to do is scribble a few words or perhaps a manifesto?
P.S. Massive “Thank YOU” to CyberThor aka mcfly <3 and always on point AnonymousVideo crew for selfless dedication.
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