If you, like many American citizens, are worried that a Donald Trump presidency is going to lead towards increased domestic surveillance, you really need to consider howto encrypt your internet communications to evade eavesdropping:
The result of this election is starting to feel like a hodgepodge of science-fiction films and dystopian young-adult novels. You have the prospect of a walled country dominated by the wealthy—as in Elysium or the Divergent trilogy—and you have groups of political supporters threatening to attack others for their beliefs. Perhaps everyone could just be pitted against each other, Hunger Games-style. As BoingBoing’s Cory Doctorow put it today: “A madman has been given the keys to the surveillance state.”
If you’re worried about living in a country where surveillance and governance are overseen by a man who can barely control his anger when people say his hands are small, then you might want to know how to encrypt and protect your digital communication over the next four, eight, or infinite years. Here are some simple steps to follow if you’re looking to launch the resistance—like The Brotherhood, the Rebel Alliance, or whatever Katniss Everdeen’s group was called—or just want a safe space to talk to friends and family
Most of these recommendations are common sense. However, if you are unfamiliar with the idea of encrypting your communications, and using security best practices, this is a good primer.
Regardless of whoever is in office – Trump, Clinton, Sanders, Cruz – American citizens should take their privacy much more seriously. The more apathetic the country becomes, the more those constitutional protections will be eroded away by a government far too willing to acquiesce to the fantastical threats the intelligence community dreams up to keep their self-licking ice cream cone frozen.