Self-Defense BaseCamp is the ideal introduction to digital self-defense of your privacy, for more anonymity and security on the net.

It helps you look behind the curtain and make better privacy choices in the future.

It is suitable for professional teams, but especially for private individuals and families with a normal working and school life. With the knowledge you have acquired, you protect yourself against cybercrime, digital mass surveillance and manipulation.

How can the Basecamp help you?

If you get involved with BaseCamp, you will then understand why protecting your privacy and our digital freedom are more important today than ever. You will consciously recognize when and where you run the risk of revealing too much about yourself and which behaviors, apps and providers can harm you. In the BaseCamp toolbox we show you behaviors, providers and apps that protect your privacy and restore your anonymity.

Start over, rethink, develop further

The BaseCamp stands for a new start. A gradual further development and a rethinking towards “Less, with more privacy, quality of life and security”.

Also, an understanding of what is happening to our world right now and why it is important to stand up and fight for our privacy as much as it is to fight for a healthy environment.

To learn digital self-defense, it is not enough to simply install the applications described in the “Privacy Toolbox”. I hope to awaken in each reader / graduate of BaseCamp an understanding of:

  • Data Economy
  • the importance of secure encryption – without a backdoor for investigating authorities
  • the secure assessment of trustworthy providers of technology, software and services
  • the advantages of crowd-funded and open-source applications (open source)
  • The superiority of decentralized (also federated or de-platforming) solutions over centralized cloud-based offerings when it comes to privacy

All content described in the Self-Defense BaseCamp is part of my belief. I have been researching the topic since 2016. I test and live all concepts and applications myself in my digital everyday life. I regularly update new developments.

Have fun with your studying. I’m looking forward to your feedback.

Viel Spaß beim Lernen. Ich freue mich auf dein Feedback.

Sources, tips and links for further reading

My special thanks to the following organizations and people. From their sometimes different perspectives and recommendations, I tried to form a usable condensate for everyday life.

Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), an international NGO based in San Francisco. The EFF has been campaigning for digital freedom rights for 30 years.

accessnow, an international initiative for digital freedoms. Among other things, AccessNow maintains a 24×7 HelpLine that actively supports civil rights activists and journalists in defending their IT security.

PrivacyGuides, very reliable source with constantly updated recommendations for trustworthy and secure IT solutions that protect your privacy

Kuketz-Blog, for me the best German blog about IT security and privacy.

Restore Privacy , a US blog with a strong focus on digital privacy and IT security. Everything well tested and described.

Tactical Tech Collective , international non-professional based in Berlin. You deal with the impact of technology on society. Projects like “Digital Detox” = digital self-defense or “Exposing the Invisible” = internet research in public sources are really extremely well done.

PS: Thanks also to klimkin for the cover picture