Cryptography at RGN
At RGN, we take a strong stance against surveillance of any capacity. To ensure that communications with us stay secure and are not tampered with, we encourage you to encrypt your communications with our public GPG key, which can be found here.
We operate a Root Certificate Authority which is used to issue internal and external (e.g., Email Certificates) certificates. We recommend installing them into your system’s trust store.
The CAs are operated very securely, with the keys hardware-encrypted and multi-factor authentication in place. The private keys cannot be retrieved after generation without hardware-level access to the system.
More info on GPG: https://www.gnupg.org/gph/en/manual.html#INTRO
The Illegal Global Surveillance programs by Governments
To learn ways to combat the large-scale illegal and unconstitutional surveillance program that various governments, including the United States government, engage in, please check out the following resources:
https://gnupg.org/ – Encryption of communications to ensure they are not tampered with and can only be read by the intended recipient
https://ssd.eff.org/en/taxonomy/term/362/ – Ways to defend yourself against surveillance
Why should you care?
On average, a US citizen commits three crimes per day. If the government were to ever dislike you for any reason, they could use “evidence” gathered by illegal surveillance to charge you with a crime you never intended to commit. Read more: “Three Felonies a Day: How the Feds target the Innocent” by Harvey Silverglate (Harvard Book Store)
The Fourth Amendment (United States Congress)
Five Reasons to care about Global Surveillance (Amnesty International)
Surveillance: Opposition (Wikipedia)
Permanent Record (Harvard Book Store)
Nineteen Eighty-Four (Wikipedia)
“I have nothing to hide” Argument (Wikipedia) (Article 1) (Article 2) (Article 3) (Article 4)
In my view, the NSA is out of control and operating in an unconstitutional manner. I worry very much about kids growing up in a society where they think ‘I’m not going to talk about this issue, read this book, or explore this idea because someone may think I’m a terrorist.’ That is not the kind of free society I want for our children.Bernie Sanders, Senator (VT)