Welcome to the Bolivar Files, a collection of Information Security Research & Open Source Investigations. My name is Simon and I started in this space tracking illicit economies in the America's through flight and shipping data freely available online. My assistance and expertise have aided journalists and governments alike with interests in Latin America. I hope to raise awareness of practices journalists and human rights activists can take to protect themselves and their digital communications in this region. The corruption that is systemic in much of Latin America is a driving factor in the violence faced by journalists. Autocratic governments and transnational criminal organizations alike have been observed using sophisticated surveillance technology to undermine the accountability that a free and open press brings to political discourse and the application of justice.