% Tails — Privacy for anyone anywhere % intrigeri % January, 2015

What what who

Who I am

  • Tails contributor
  • Debian developer
  • ...

What is Tails

The Amnesic Incognito Live System


A Live operating system

  • works on (almost) any computer
  • starts from a DVD, a USB stick, or a SD card

Preserving privacy and anonymity #1

  • use the Internet anonymously and circumvent censorship:
    all connections to the Internet are forced to go through the Tor network
  • leave no trace on the computer you are using,
    unless you ask it explicitly

Preserving privacy and anonymity #2

  • cryptographic tools:
    encrypt files, email and instant messaging
  • media production tools:
    sound, video, office publishing, graphics...

Other features

  • exists since 2009
  • translated into many languages
  • Free Software

Cadence & popularity

  • release every 6 weeks
  • about 11k boots a day, doubles every year

Who uses Tails?

  • Activists organizing in repressive contexts
  • People facing Internet censorship
  • Domestic violence survivors escaping from their abusers
  • Journalists wanting to protect themselves or their sources
  • etc.

And... it works?

According to the NSA, yes :

ranked as "catastrophic," leading to a "near-total loss/lack of insight to target communications, presence..."


In other words...

We can beat them.



Collective matters

Our starting point

privacy and anonymity: collective matters


⇒ privacy and anonymity tools must be usable
by a broad audience

Mutual aid

  • social installation and upgrade process
  • local collectives provide support to users
  • local collectives provide feedback to the project

Inclusive project

  • not purely a project with (political) friends
  • public and open development:
    Git, Redmine, meetings and roadmap
  • design documentation : https://tails.boum.org/contribute/design/
  • trying to improve diversity in our community

Tails needs you

How you can help

  • Translation
  • Documentation
  • Testing
  • Web and graphics design
  • Usability
  • Code
  • Infrastructure
  • Debian
  • Money

Where to start?

Talk to us