The story used to be: the tech industry develops a monitoring tool, governments would be slow to understand and adopt them. Two decades later, that script has been flipped; governments are not only actively using new tools as part of their surveillance capacity, they are also involved in the proliferation of those tools, so that any government in the world can and eventually will have access to them. Moreover, the practices and purposes of monitoring citizens' use of technology have found their way into some very strange and disturbing aspects of our lives.
Vidushi Marda of Article 19 and Rory Byrne of Security First join us on the podcast today to discuss the growth of the surveillance state and the priorities of governments when it comes to tracking, monitoring, and suppressing those who document or report.
In episode 1 of The Cartara Podcast we looked at what being open source means and why it is important for the development of tools for documentation and digital security.
Today we get a step closer to the reality on the ground, with individuals who have been through the process of the development of open source tools that become useful to a broader audience, as well as tools that eventually become abandoned for myriad reasons. How does this process unfold over time, and what could be done to keep open source tools supported in a world where users, funders, and developers seem to regularly move on to the next thing?
Our guests today talk about their experience and where they see the problems when it comes to tool development and funding, as well as possible solutions to reduce the risks that communities-under-threat around the world face as a result of projects that get left behind.