Each month, BORDC recognizes an individual who has done outstanding work in support of civil liberties and the rule of law by honoring that person with our Patriot Award. This month we honor Sandra Ordonez from New York City for her work on preserving civil liberties in regards the use of technology to support unconstitutional mass surveillance.
By day, Sandra works with the Open Internet Tools Project (OpenITP), which supports the software creators and communities behind open source anti-surveillance and anti-censorship tools that enable citizens to communicate directly and freely with each other. OpenITP’s mission is to help the communities that build these tools and to improve and increase the distribution of these circumvention tools, which are built by activists and journalists internationally.
“Protecting privacy and the freedom of thought and speech” is my work, Sandra told BORDC. Though she works for OpenITP, Sandra continues to get more involved on a local level. “I started to get more involved because we have several surveillance issues here in New York,” she said in talking about how Muslim Americans have been watched in the city. “[The New York Police Department] uses tactics that really go against civil liberties, which no American should be subjected to. So I try to help communities and activists protect themselves.” (more…)