Again in June, Erik Prince — founding father of the infamous non-public army contracting company in the back of the Nisour Sq. bloodbath, brother of former schooling secretary Betsy DeVos, and son of the MLM pioneer Edgar Prince — introduced his newest industry mission on Steve Bannon’s radio display: a standalone cell software referred to as Unplugged, designed to permit “patriots to be in contact securely.”
The speculation here’s to have a telephone that helps to keep you out of doors of the Google / Apple / Amazon / Fb community. Or, as they put it:
Get a Executive-grade protected telephone with an Running Gadget evolved for knowledge privateness and safety. Unbiased from Google and Apple.
(The running gadget, btw, is named LibertOS)
It isn’t a nasty concept — a p2p OS, without any of your knowledge being saved within the annals of a Giant Tech corporate desperate to agree to warrants and subpoenas. No longer certain how a lot I in truth agree with this software, making an allowance for Prince’s involvement, however certain — great concept, at the floor.
Unplugged is making plans a large PR push on the upcoming DEF CON — and lo and behold, their PR reps claimed that Glenn Greenwald himself, recent off the Alex Jones apology excursion, can be there to lend a hand advertise their product:
(Glenn Greenwald, it must be famous, didn’t perceive PGP when Snowden first reached out to him.)
I emailed Glenn to invite about this, and here is what he needed to say:
The convention despatched me a call for participation to talk. It mentioned not anything about any telephone, simply to talk on virtual privateness and Giant Tech, one thing I have spoken about again and again. I have not authorised the invitation to talk as a result of I have no idea if it really works with my agenda or if I need to trip to Las Vegas once more – I used to be simply there 2 weeks in the past. When those telephone other folks heard I were invited to DEF CON, they requested my consultant if I might give them time to turn me a brand new privateness telephone. I hadn’t even authorised the DEF CON be offering to talk, let by myself scheduled a gathering with them, let by myself mentioned I might be prepared to discuss the telephone, protect it, pitch it or no matter. I do know actually not anything about this telephone. It is imaginable PR other folks were given utterly forward of themselves with miscommunications, so we despatched them transparent emails not easy they retract this declare, however what angers me are newshounds and self-proclaimed privateness professionals spreading this as Fact with out checking, exactly as a result of they knew how harmful the accusation can be.
I have by no means gained any fee from any of those entities in reference to any convention, any talking preparations, or any telephones or anything.
And on Twitter:
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