We are on the last hundred meters with our product launches – the VPN Mac beta version is out, so is the VPN Android version – and this means we finally have more time to engage with the people who use CyberGhost and talk about ideas. Discussing ideas always makes my day. So here is a thought for today:
Freedom. Our freedom.
We often talk about it here at CyberGhost, as much as we talk about privacy and security. And sometimes I forget what freedom is all about. But then I remember, because I hear about ordinary people and their stories, about journalists sentenced to prison because they had the courage to speak out, or about how some governments censor their citizens.
When I read about stuff like that, the lights turn on for me and everything comes into focus.
Humanity has spent its last hundred years in great wars (28th June 1914 is the day World War One began) and it has been a long, exhausting fight for power, for human rights, justice and equality. I can only mention a few of the incredible people who fought it:
- Martin Luther King
- Eleanor Roosevelt
- Nelson Mandela
And I dare to say even Edward Snowden.
We owe our rights to these people.
One year ago, on the 20th of May 2013, Edward Snowden left his comfy, secure job with the NSA to let the world know about what’s happening. I often consider this and I realize how much courage it takes to give it all up, for a greater idea.
Looking back, I really think the fights people like Snowden have fought have brought us where we are today. It was all worth it. We are more free than ever, most of us at least. We get to choose our jobs (or even if we should work or do our own thing), we get to choose who we love; we get to choose where we live. We are so much more free, but we are still not completely free.
I call you now to this fight. Defend your rights. Don’t let a government or organization decide what kind of information you have access to, what you should watch or what kind of scandals should make the news. Don’t just sit by and let them survey you. You are not a lab rat. I know this might sound harsh, but it is only up to you to do it.
You deserve to choose, you deserve to have your privacy rights respected, and you deserve to see what’s really going on. Don’t let anybody keep you in the dark.
How can you do this?
I know it’s hard. Life is short, and we need to pick our battles. But you too can do something: at the very least, don’t close your eyes. Read and learn about what is going on. Information is power. Tell others, use technology to your advantage. The tools are there, you just need to reach out and grab them.
We are here to support this, so we’ve decided to spend more time with those who want to join the discussion, to talk about what we can do and about how one can protect himself and spread the word.
We are calling out to the members of our community to join us into this conversation, to take part in our workshops and spread the word to others. We will organize monthly workshops and community support meetings.
Leave us your contact details and we’ll let you know when we have the first online get-together. We’re so excited about this, and we look forward to hear from you!
Please let us know what you think about this last year, do you things have things improved? Do we have more online freedom and security? Do you think Snowden really had a concrete impact on the society?