Be aware that people on forums are rarely who they seem. Don’t trust them, don’t tell them anything about yourself and expect them to be dubious in nature or worse still, employed by government agencies. Never incriminate yourself, not even in jest.
WikiLeaks (https://wikileaks.org/) - join or support.
Anonymous (http://anonhq.com/) - join or support.
Why We Protest (http://Whyweprotest.net) - Anons website for Chanology.
Reddit (https://www.reddit.com/) - alt news.
Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) (https://www.eff.org/) - fighting for digital rights.
Fight for the Future (https://www.fightforthefuture.org/) - protecting the internet
Amnesty International (http://www.amnesty.org) - protecting human rights.
Occupy Wall Street (http://occupywallst.org/) - movement fighting the banks.
The Guardian (http://www.theguardian.com/uk) - UK print and online newspaper for which George Monbiot among others write.
The Intercept (https://firstlook.org/theintercept/) - online news website from Glenn Greenwald and a host of excellent journalists.
eyeWitness to Atrocities app (http://www.eyewitnessproject.org/) - to capture images and video that are verifiable in a court of law. Can also be used in the workplace.
Slashdot (slashdot.org) - online open source/technologist community
Cryptome (http://cryptome.org/) - archive of leaked documents
The Chans (http://www.4chan.org/) - discussion boards. Discretion required as might contain explicit content, puerile reactions, trolling and undercover government spies.
The Onion (http://www.theonion.com/) - satire.
The Daily Grail (http://www.dailygrail.com/) - alt news for all things esoteric.
The Zeitgeist Movement (http://www.thezeitgeistmovement.com/) - community.
TechCrunch (http://techcrunch.com/) - tech news.
Petitions have been successful in changing the attitudes and actions businesses and governments and provide a more granular view of public opinion. Join them, support them, and sign petitions on issues that you feel are important. They are a legitimate way to get your voice heard, so share and donate if you can. If you are outside the US and UK there are doubtless similar lobbying groups in your country so find them, and make a difference.
You have more power than you realise.
Demand Progress (https://demandprogress.org/) - fighting for democracy.
We the People (https://petitions.whitehouse.gov/) - public forum on The White House website.
UK petitions (https://petition.parliament.uk/) - petition the British Parliament.
ePetitions (http://epetitions.direct.gov.uk/) - UK government petition site.
Sum of Us (http://sumofus.org/) - petition corporations to put an end to unethical practices.
38 Degrees (http://www.38degrees.org.uk/) - UK campaigns for political change.
Change Org (https://www.change.org/) - petitions on global issues.
The first step is to get updates for any software you have and install an antivirus to keep your computer from being hacked. Then set your browser to block tracking and scripts and consider adding browser plugins like Ghostery to prevent the casual interception and monitoring of online traffic. Programs like Peerblock screen out known government tracking of your computer identity, although, note that these are a drain on computer resources. Amnesty International has also developed a tool called Detekt which is a free download to scan your computer for government intrusion and spyware.
The next level of protection is to use a Virtual Private Network (VPN) which acts as a barrier to identifying your computer. VPN providers are good but will be unable to withstand a legal demand to hand over your details to law enforcement agencies. A web based VPN is The Onion Router (TOR) network. Developed to protect US Naval communications when using TOR every piece of data that leaves your computer is encrypted three times and scattered through the network, or nodes, of other TOR users. It is thought that the current TOR network has been compromised and there are nodes that are controlled by US intelligence services but the model still works and there will be future versions of this that are more robust.
For storing files securely programs like TrueCrypt or CipherShed offer local encryption at file or folder level. These are also prone to compromise by government agencies so keep track of newer versions. Browsing with HTTPS enforced will also add a basic layer of security to prevent the casual monitoring of your online habits.
To maintain private communications the original method, as preferred by hackers, is to use Instant Relay Chat (IRC). By online standards IRC is a relatively old technology but still in use today as it allows the creation of private chatrooms. End to end encryption of emails is also becoming more common and encrypted mobile phones are finding their way onto the market.
To stem the tide of intrusive advertising there are advert blocking software and browser plug-ins that prevent tracking. I many of these websites that you deem worthy of support through advertising revenue can be added to a safe list in-program. This makes it an ‘opt-in’ decision to see advertising as the choice remains with the user.
Software can become compromised so it is suggested you check the Anonymous websites for advice on staying safe online.
Trackbuster (https://trackbuster.com/) - strips tracking out of emails as they arrive in your inbox.
ProtonMail (https://protonmail.com/) - secure email accounts based in Switzerland.
Windows Security Solution (http://windows.microsoft.com/en-us/windows/security-essentials-download) - free antivirus software.
Adblock Plus (https://adblockplus.org) - browser add-on to hide adverts.
Noscript (https://noscript.net/) - browser add-on to prevent scripts running.
Last Pass (https://lastpass.com/) - secure password manager.
Ghostery (https://www.ghostery.com/) - prevents some online monitoring.
Https everywhere (https://www.eff.org/https-everywhere) - forces sites to use https encryption.
Disconnect (https://disconnect.me/) - browser that prevents tracking.
The Onion Router (TOR) (https://www.torproject.org/) - the dark web.
Bleachpit (http://bleachbit.sourceforge.net/) - clean junk off your PC hard drive.
Tails (https://tails.boum.org/) - a Linux operating system optimised for privacy, can be run from a USB drive.
X-Chat, mIRC, HydraIRC, etc. - Internet Relay Chat (IRC) providers as used by the Anonymous groups.
Truecrypt, Veracrypt, Diskcryptor, BoxCryptor - encryption software at file or folder level. Find the latest version.
Do Not Call Registry (UK) (https://www.donotcall.gov/) prevents sales callers.
Peerblock (www.peerblock.com) - blocks tracking of your IP address from a list of domains.
Detekt (https://www.amnesty.org/) - Amnesty International free tool to scan your computer for government intrusion and spyware.