Hong Kong’s protesters find ways to outwit the surveillance state

Hong Kong’s protesters find ways to outwit the surveillance state, by Shibiani Mahtani.

The moment the 25-year-old protester got home from demonstrations that turned violent – tear gas still stinging her eyes – she knew what she had to do: delete all of her Chinese phone apps.

WeChat was gone. So was Alipay and the shopping app Taobao. She then installed a virtual private network on her smartphone to use with the secure messaging app Telegram in an attempt to stay hidden from cyber-monitors …

Protesters used only secure digital messaging apps such as Telegram, and otherwise went completely analogue in their movements: buying single ride subway tickets instead of prepaid stored value cards, forgoing credit cards and mobile payments in favor of cash, and taking no selfies or photos of the chaos.

They wore face masks to obscure themselves from CCTVs and in fear of facial recognition software, and bought fresh pay-as-you-go SIM cards.

And, unlike the pro-democracy movement in 2014, the latest demonstrations also have remained intentionally leaderless in another attempt to frustrate police.

The future of protesting against Big Government.

2 Million Hong Kong Protesters Tell Us China Can’t Be Trusted, by Andrew Bolt.

I hope Paul Keating watched these amazing protests in Hong Kong. Maybe he’ll apologise for last month calling our intelligence chiefs “nutters”.

Keating, the former Australian prime minister who now earns plenty from a Chinese bank, wanted those chiefs sacked for warning that communist China is a menace. …

Democracy there is now a joke. China essentially handpicks the territory’s chief executive by selecting the 1200 electors who chose him or her.

Now Hong Kong’s rulers want to extradite people wanted by mainland China to face its rigged courts, giving China effective power to intimidate almost anyone in Hong Kong, including foreigners.

This is what brought nearly two million residents — a quarter of Hong Kong’s population — into the streets in protest yesterday.