How To Communicate Under Duress

What to expect in this wiki
This wiki is made for anyone who needs to figure out how to communicate with each other in times of heavy surveillance or other forms of duress.

The Dictionary defines the word code as a system of words, letters, figures, or other symbols substituted for other words, letters, etc., especially for the purposes of secrecy. In communications and information processing, code is a system of rules to convert information — such as a letter, word, sound, image, or gesture—into another form or representation, sometimes shortened or secret, for communication through a communication channel or storage in a storage medium. An early example is the invention of language, which enabled a person, through speech, to communicate what they saw, heard, felt, or thought to others. But speech limits the range of communication to the distance a voice can carry, and limits the audience to those present when the speech is uttered. The invention of writing, which converted spoken language into visual symbols, extended the range of communication across space and time.

The process of encoding converts information from a source into symbols for communication or storage. One reason for encoding is to enable communication in places where ordinary plain language, spoken or written, is difficult or impossible. For example, semaphore, where the configuration of flags held by a signaler or the arms of a semaphore tower encodes parts of the message, typically individual letters and numbers. Another person standing a great distance away can interpret the flags and reproduce the words sent. Codes were used in times of war and conflict, both by the people involved and the people inadvertently affected by their surroundings.

While many such systems have been created and used over the centuries all around the world, one might argue that with the digital revolution that has enveloped us all over the past 40 - 50 years, a majority of these codes have now become obsolete. They have either been replaced by simpler methods of digital communication, or with new methods of secretly passing information through the internet and other such systems.

However, while a lot of us continue to reap the benefits of these digital privileges, there are many people who do not have similar open access to the tools we take for granted everyday. There are communities that have to live under strict curfews; countries that live under the rule of dictators, and even Governments that actively target and alienate certain sections of their own citizens. This website will look to provide solutions for people in need - by studying a vast repository of past examples and borrowing from a few, we have put together a list of coded systems that can be implemented or adopted into any community to help communicate and survive through times of heavy surveillance, government lockdowns, and any other forms of oppression that keep people from exercising their basic rights.


Historical Examples
Coded systems that we can learn from

There have been numerous historical examples of groups of people or entire communities devising codes to communicate under circumstances that hinder the regular methods that they would be using otherwise. Though there will always be millions of other examples that the world will perhaps never hear of, we believe that we can learn from the ones we do know about, to create a guided system by which those in need of it can benefit from it in the future. read on..


Postal Codes

The mail or post is a system for physically transporting postcards, letters, and parcels from one location to another. A postal service can be private or public, though many governments place restrictions on private systems. Since the mid-19th century, national postal systems have generally been established as a government monopoly, with a fee on the article prepaid. Proof of payment is usually in the form of an adhesive postage stamp. read on..



SafeSymbols is a coded system of communication created to help people that are attempting to communicate under duress. It could be adopted by any community or group of people anywhere, to help basic communication and open the door to resistance against the tyrannical force that is keeping them from communicating in the first place. read on..


Household Codes

Household Codes are the most basic forms of coded communication that people can adopt, to pass information in the most subtle ways that have extremely low possibilities of getting caught or discovered. Much like SafeSymbols, they are a set of codes established to help communities communicate with each other during times of heavy surveillance or extreme tyranny - they do not, however, involve the participants drawing or etching anything, and is therefore perhaps one of the most secure forms of secret communication that exist - primarily because they can be changed around very easily and are unique to the community using them at any given point of time. read on..



Topics like the ones discussed and elaborated on in this website are not meant to be propagated in a particularly public way. Their success depends on the lack of widespread knowledge of the systems described here. However, this bank of information has been made specifically for those who need it the most, and so, there will have to be ways in which those people will have to be alerted to the existence of such a resource. read on..


What is the need for this system
and what prompted it's creation

Our world today is constantly going through turmoil (of various kinds and in varying forms).

On 5 August 2019, the Government of India revoked the special status granted to Jammu and Kashmir — a state in India, located in the northern part of the Indian subcontinent, and a part of the larger region of Kashmir, which has been the subject of dispute between India, Pakistan, and China since 1947 — under Article 370 of the Indian Constitution through a series of far-reaching measures. read on..


How to use this website
responsibly, carefully, and with discretion

This website is for anybody who needs it. However, it's extremely important that the information that it holds remains confined to the oppressed and not the oppressors . Though the overarching idea behind the website is to provide the framework based on which unique systems can be built, it would be most useful if properly safeguarded from those it looks to safeguard people against. read on..

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