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Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

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Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Letter To The President

Wed, 22 May 2019
Boredom and the occasional brush with violence is probably the worst part of prison. Boredom, frustration, anger, depression. They all come from the same place. No one here is unaffected and I suspect many will have lasting psychological damage from this...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Revealing Passwords

Fri, 17 May 2019
It’s evening in the cellblock. Things are fairly quiet. It was a long day. Many had visits from their lawyers, a few got released; most of them finished their sentence on Thursday, but Friday was a holiday and due to the slow administration, they only got...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Compartmentalization

Fri, 17 May 2019
Most of the time we are between 80 and 90 prisoners in my cellblock. Around half of those are always sick. Part of that is bad sanitation, we have little clean water, but mostly it’s because we are a lot of people crammed together in one small space. This...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

The Future of IT Security in Ecuador

Tue, 14 May 2019
I’m tired. Sleep deprived. Prison is much louder than I could ever imagine. And add to that sleeping on the floor, in a small room with 6 other inmates, getting rest is a significant challenge. I’ve been thinking about my situation and the case against me...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Power

Mon, 13 May 2019
Just outside the door to my cellblock, is the “calabozo”, the dungeon. Officially, they are called “reflection cells”. This is where people who misbehave are sent for 12 hours or more, without food and in ugly conditions. The door has a small grid window....
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Cypherpunks

Mon, 13 May 2019
El Inca is a prison that contains all kinds of people. People who didn’t pay alimony, people who committed fraud, recreational drug users, drug traffickers, murderers – and me - . One thing that surprised me a lot when I came here was how important...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

The Books I Read in Prison

Mon, 13 May 2019
In this prison there are not many books. There are a few Bibles and a copy of Ben Hur in my cell block. But that’s it. I’ve seen a library when entering the prison, but I never see people there, or with new books. No one seems to know or care. This is a...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Statement for Cryptorave

Sat, 04 May 2019
As they dared, we too shall dare. Even though we have all to loose, as any other Latin American citizen that goes against what power wants. But they dared against us, the people. They dared to incarcerate whomever and whenever they want without any...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Please Tweet This!

Thu, 02 May 2019
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Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Why Ecuador?

Thu, 02 May 2019
Two weeks. Prison here in Ecuador is a maddening mix of long stretches of isolation and boredom interspersed with random threats and acts of violence. Today was a break in the structure: visitation day. You can receive max 2 visitors for 3 hours. Two of...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

The most important thing

Tue, 23 Apr 2019
I'm sitting in prison- I'm in my cell. It's dark, someone took all the light bulbs in the cells. So, I'm sitting close to the door, so the light from the corridor outside can allow me to see what I'm writing. I've been here a week, but it feels longer. In...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Letter to the Prime Minister of Sweden

Tue, 23 Apr 2019
Dear Prime Minister Stefan Löfven, On April 11, Swedish national Ola Metodius Bini, a free software developer, was arrested in Quito (Ecuador). He has been living in the Republic of Ecuador for the past six years. Ola Bini is now serving a 90-day pretrial...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Ola Bini’s statement from arbitrary detention at El Inca Prison, Ecuador

Wed, 17 Apr 2019
First, I want to thank all my supporters out there. I've been told about the attention this case is getting from all the world, and I appreciate it more than I can say. To my friends, family and nearest ones: all my love - you're constantly in my...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Free Ola Bini Solidarity Letter

Tue, 16 Apr 2019
Ola Bini is a developer, not a criminal. As technologists, free and open source developers, and individuals and organizations working to protect the security of the Internet, we wish to protest in the strongest terms the continuing illegal detention in...
Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Ola Bini arrested in Ecuador

Fri, 12 Apr 2019
People working for free software and privacy should not be criminalized There is nothing criminal about wanting privacy. Ola Bini, @olabini, a world-renowned figure in the field of free software and defender of digital rights and privacy, was arrested at...