Edward Snowden Designed a Smartphone case that prevents digital surveillance
The world’s most happening Geek always in the news for being a wanted man has just developed a unique Smartphone case. Yes, Its Edward Snowden, the man wanted by the US government for leaking classified documents is a computer engineer and a former CIA operative but that doesn’t stop him from pursuing his inventions.
Snowden has now chalked out designs of a remarkable device, a Smartphone case that prevents surveillance and lets its user know that he or she is being spied upon.
1 A Smartphone case that prevents users being spied upon
Edward Snowden’s blueprints of his latest invention could well prevent the abuse of digital surveillance. In collaboration with Andrew Huang, a software engineer who holds a PhD in electrical engineering from MIT, Snowden has drawn up blueprints to create the remarkable Smartphone case that will allow users to know via a notification that they are under digital surveillance. The case will be engineered to sound an alarm whenever it senses data being received or releasing signals through Wi-Fi, Bluetooth or any radio connection featured on the device.
The case will also be armed with a switch called a ‘Kill switch’ which will force disconnect the phone’s power if any unauthorized signal is observed transmitting data without user knowledge. Thus, if you are under surveillance and your phone has been tapped to transmit personal information such as your calls or releases tracking records, you will immediately be notified and then all you need to do is kill the power which will end all possibilities of surveillance. The case also prevents video recording from the rear camera.
2 Designed To Protect Journalists in High Risk Conditions
The design of the incredible Smartphone case that prevents surveillance has been drawn up for use on any type of Smartphone but was initially based upon the iPhone 6, whose features best suit such an invention. The data and information will be made public so that any person can create the gadget. If the prototypes of the design are a success and the gadget works smoothly, Snowden and Huang plan on approaching the Freedom of the Press Foundation to fund the production.
The main idea to acquire funds from the press foundation is due to the objective of the device to protect journalists working in war zones. Such areas are always under strict censorship due to some dictatorial regime or the other. Journalists working in such high risk conditions are always under threat and this type of device could be a life saver. The gadget will be welcomed by journalists because in 2012 Syrian government forces successfully traced French photojournalist Remi Ochi and Sunday Times’ correspondent Mari Colvin through their cell phones. The journalists were tracked down and killed.
3 User-friendly Interface without Detection by Any Software
As per Snowden’s outlines, the device will be a user friendly interface, that won’t require any special cryptography or computer knowledge. It will be designed for fact action, where a use can access and operate the device immediately.
The device will not interfere in the daily working of a journalist and will have simple mechanism for activation. The software used to operate the device will never be able to be detected by the phone’s software operating system and thus can never be blacklisted, neither can users be targeted from identifying its engine signatures as that will not be possible.
4 Snowden Has Been Without a Smartphone for Three Years
As per reports in WIRED, Snowden who has not been using a Smartphone for the last three years and remarked, “wireless devices are kind of like kryptonite to me.” The Computer expert and former NSA and CIA employee was in the news for exposing several classified documents pertaining to the NSA global surveillance programs. He is now operating from Moscow where he enjoys asylum in the country. Currently, Snowden is still facing charges from the US government on grounds of espionage. Incidentally, he is the leader of the Press Foundation, through which, he tries to raise awareness on the government and large corporations’ extensive use of public surveillance.
The entire plan and objectives of the new Smartphone case that prevents surveillance were published in an online paper by both Snowden and Huang titled “Against the Law: Countering Lawful Abuses of Digital Surveillance”,