Free Speech, Expression, Assembly, Association for All Humanity
1M5 is at its core a mission to ensure free speech, expression, association, and assembly.
When the Berlin wall was opened in November 1989, expectations of
a more open human society sprang forward. Yet several decades later we are
experiencing digital walls being raised by governments and large corporations
in the name of protection. These walls promote segregation and censorship of
information having a negative effect on creativity, innovative technology,
and freedom of speech, expression, association, and assembly.
Freedom of Speech is a principle that supports the freedom of an individual
or a community to articulate their opinions and ideas without fear of retaliation,
censorship, or sanction. The term "freedom of expression" is sometimes used synonymously
but includes any act of seeking, receiving, and imparting information or ideas, regardless of the medium used.
Censorship is the suppression of speech, public communication,
or other information, on the basis that such material is considered objectionable,
harmful, sensitive, politically incorrect or "inconvenient" as determined by
government authorities or by community consensus.
Constraining the free flow of information between people is a
direct threat to our freedom and censorship of communications on-line is growing world-wide.
On-line communications are censored at the point of entrance by
Internet Service Providers (ISP). They act as gateways to the internet providing
governments control over speech by having the ability to restrict usage and track
people's usage via their leased IP addresses. In order to make tracking usage much
more difficult, tools have come out that provide techniques called onion-/garlic-routing
where the source and destinations of internet routes can not be determined without
breaking encryption, a very expensive feat, sometimes impossible today when considering the encryption algorithms used.
Many governments are using IP (Internet Protocol) geo-fencing
(e.g. China’s Great Firewall) to isolate people from global information and
mass surveillance (e.g. US’ NSA Prism and China’s Social Credit System) to
increase self-censorship. These systems are now being replicated by many other
governments world-wide and governments are working together to oppress the masses
globally (e.g. Five/Fourteen Eyes).
Privacy, the bedrock of freedom, is being lost at an alarming
rate and few know how to maintain it today. Most large organizations
(e.g. tech giants, the banking industry, governments) track, persist,
and use our behavior for their profit not ours. Whistleblowers, the abused,
visible minorities, and a myriad of other people could be emboldened by anonymity
to speak out in a manner that would otherwise be unavailable if they were forced
to identify themselves. Decentralized applications like Bitcoin are helping to
wrestle some control from centralized organizations although they are difficult
to maintain anonymity at the network layer. Smartphones, our primary means of
global communication and collaboration, are weak in maintaining our anonymity
and privacy - critical to ensuring individual freedom.
Two primary tools today that support this are Tor and I2P.
Tor provides a browser that makes it easier to use while I2P is much less known.
Both are complementary in that Tor was designed for browsing today's current
web sites anonymously. I2P was designed for peer-to-peer communications within I2P.
Neither have good APIs for developers to embed in their products making uptake slow for many applications.
A third tool on the horizon is one that completely circumvents
ISPs by not using them. They're called direct wireless ad-hoc networks and they
can communicate directly device-to-device (no intermediate routers) using technologies such as WiFi Direct.
Firechat is an example used during the 2014 Hong Kong protests after the Chinese
government threatened to shutdown the internet in that area. Mesh solutions are
popping up that seek to improve on earlier designs but typically do not include
Even getting these technologies in wide use doesn't solve the
problem of online censorship. People in governments, corporations, and other
thieves are constantly finding ways to circumvent these technologies to censor
and steal information. People in goverment are creating laws in an attempt to threaten people
into opening up the software often resulting in breaking their own laws.
You become a felon either way!
Tech-savvy people can always find a way to bypass censorship
and maintain privacy, but the overwhelming majority can not thus preventing a
critical mass to make positive change on a political level globally. What’s
needed is to bring censorship resistance and data privacy to this overwhelming
majority so that all people are not only able to become free, but that they can remain so.
What's our core beliefs that drive us?
EVERYONE, including criminals and unethical people, have a natural right to Freedom of Speech, Expression, Association, and Assembly
All relationships must be voluntary
Privacy is the bedrock of freedom - we should be able to communicate as we please privately - anonymity as a base
Transparency in code/governance
We own our data and should be the ones that profit from it
Self-sovereign identity – people must establish and maintain their own identities, not by 3rd parties
Self-sovereign money – people must be their own bank indebted to no one with the keys to their money