6 Years after the Internet's Own Boy: Has the Mission of Aaron Swartz Failed?

6 Years after the Internet's Own Boy: Has the Mission of Aaron Swartz Failed?

But the fact that democratic, liberty-loving regions of the world are also promoting censorship on the Internet is pessimistic, also with regard to the work of people like Aaron.

BroadbandBreakfast.com: How to Understand The Future of Privacy Policy: A Q&A With David Brin

BroadbandBreakfast.com: How to Understand The Future of Privacy Policy: A Q&A With David Brin

BROADBAND BREAKFAST INSIGHT: We remember reading The Transparent Society 20 years ago, back in the days when Sun Microsystems CEO Scott McNealy said, "You have no privacy; get over it." Brin's book was remarkably prescient in providing a pathway for how to live with the ever-decreasing private space occasioned by technological progress.

A guide to fighting surveillance with GnuPG encryption

A guide to fighting surveillance with GnuPG encryption

This guide will teach you a basic surveillance self-defense skill: email encryption. Even if you have nothing to hide, using encryption helps protect the privacy of people you communicate with, and makes life difficult for bulk surveillance systems.

The Long Fight to Stop Mass Surveillance: 2018 in Review

The Long Fight to Stop Mass Surveillance: 2018 in Review

One of the new bits of evidence we asked the court to take note of in Jewel came from the UK, where NGOs including Big Brother Watch have also been challenging surveillance by the NSA and its closest international partner, GCHQ.

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

Vietnam's draconian cybersecurity bill comes into effect

HANOI (AFP) - A law requiring Internet companies in Vietnam to remove content communist authorities deem to be against the state came into effect Tuesday (Jan 1), in a move critics called "a totalitarian model of information control".

Facebook Used Data Access as Competitive Weapon, Documents Reveal – Variety

Facebook Used Data Access as Competitive Weapon, Documents Reveal – Variety

Zuckerberg, in a response he posted on Facebook after the documents were released, said the change to limit data access to third-party developers was to counter “shady apps that abused people’s data.” “This was an important change to protect our community, and it achieved its goal,” he wrote.

Hearing Thursday: EFF Asks Court to Require FBI Disclosure of National Security Letter Recipients Who've Been Released From Gag Orders

Hearing Thursday: EFF Asks Court to Require FBI Disclosure of National Security Letter Recipients Who've Been Released From Gag Orders

San Francisco, California—On Thursday, December 20, at 10 am, the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) will urge a federal judge to order the FBI to release the names of national security letter (NSLs) recipients that are no longer under a bureau gag order blocking them from speaking out.

Decentralize This! — Episode 11: Alison Macrina – Enigma

Decentralize This! — Episode 11: Alison Macrina – Enigma

Enigma’s new podcast “Decentralize This!” features guests from all over the decentralization space: developers, investors, entrepreneurs, researchers, writers, artists, people in government and enterprise — all individuals who care deeply about building a more decentralized and sustainable world.

Worried about being bugged? Don’t keep your phone in the microwave

Worried about being bugged? Don’t keep your phone in the microwave

We have all had conversations that made us want to destroy our phones in rage, but that is not why Theresa May’s nemesis, the Brexiter MP Steve Baker, apparently put his in the microwave.

Thoughts and choices on sale!

Thoughts and choices on sale!

But now, It is not the laws or taxes that we are trading but the power of choice and thought that is what makes it scary. It is not that these tech giants are all that bad, it is their business model that hinges on the user data exploitation that makes them scary.

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

#TeleormanLeaks explained: privacy, freedom of expression, and public interest

However, both “clarifications” published on their website fail to explain why the authority interpreted the situation not to fall under the derogations of Article 7 of the Romanian law 190/2018 (that implemented Article 85 of GDPR which requires reconciliation of the right to the protection of personal data with the right to freedom of expression and information, including processing for journalistic purposes).

China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

China's Surveillance State Should Scare Everyone

The new social credit system under development will consolidate reams of records from private companies and government bureaucracies into a single “citizen score” for each Chinese citizen.

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

How Indian Government’s Digital Authoritarianism Is Interfering With “Internet Freedom”

Throughout the year, India has been on the world’s radar for many Internet and privacy-related incidents; top-most being the numerous mob lynchings which have been reported to initiate from fake Whatsapp messages.

Documents shed light on how Amazon is shaping public discourse about Rekognition

Documents shed light on how Amazon is shaping public discourse about Rekognition

The official statement read in part: “the City of Orlando will continue to test Amazon Rekognition facial recognition software to determine if this technology could reliably identify specific individuals as they come within view of specific cameras.” The documents obtained by Buzzfeed provide a look behind the curtain at communications between the company and the police department, as Orlando’s test pilot was thrust into the national spotlight.

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

China is exporting the Great Firewall as internet freedom declines around the world

The Freedom House report said that Beijing was taking steps to "propagate its model abroad" with large-scale trainings of foreign officials, providing censorship and surveillance technology, and pressuring international companies to comply with Chinese standards even when operating outside the country.

A Red Alert to Humanity

A Red Alert to Humanity

It forms the foundation of our freedom,” Ann expressed their primary flaws. A sister company of Google, SideWalk labs currently working on building a smart city project.The Top cader,

#WeHearYouKhashoggi

#WeHearYouKhashoggi

The disappearance of the journalist Jamal Khashoggi is becoming a major international incident as Western governments line up to cast doubt on the implausible and inconsistent story offered by Saudi Arabia about his death.

Between Freedom of Speech and Online Security

Between Freedom of Speech and Online Security

Moreover, the AVMD contradicts the E-Commerce Directive meant to protect the freedom of expression by ensuring that internet companies can’t be obliged to delete user-generated content.

Ethical Tech

Just products and software that respect the freedom and privacy of your loved ones: gifts you can feel good about. Plus, our crib notes below will help you explain why this version is better than the one they've heard of (and spread the word about software freedom, too).

German Unity Day: Today Is the Day We Got Rid of the Surveillance State GDR.

German Unity Day: Today Is the Day We Got Rid of the Surveillance State GDR.

If you want to know how it feels like to live in a surveillance state, you need to talk to people who did. Let's fight against surveillance online to protect our freedom of speech and our right to privacy!

Sphere

Sphere

Do you know that all your activities in the Internet are traced and recorded? Whether you use search engines, read emails or communicate in social media, all your activities are always in full view. We dream of a free world with safe Internet.

Introducing the Librem Key – Purism

Introducing the Librem Key – Purism

In addition to multi-factor authentication, security tokens can also often store your private GPG keys in a tamper-proof way so you can protect them from attackers who may compromise your laptop.

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

For the next vote we need as many as possible supporters. This is intended to send a clear, Europe-wide message from both critics and activists against the copyright law reform and in favour of freedom of information.

“Terrifying”: New Documents Reveal Secret Gov’t Rules for Spying on US Journalists

“Terrifying”: New Documents Reveal Secret Gov’t Rules for Spying on US Journalists

(CD) — Journalists and free press advocates are responding with alarm to newly released documents revealing the U.S. government’s secret rules for using Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Act (FISA) court orders to spy on reporters, calling the revelations “important” and “terrifying.”

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

Facebook Censorship and Surveillance (Workers Vanguard) 24 Aug 2018 |…

The content shared by the users was generally left-liberal, with pages like “Black Elevation,” “Aztlan Warriors” and “Resisters.” As we go to press, Facebook announced it had taken down another 652 “fake accounts,” linking them to a purported new “political influence campaign” with ties to Russia and Iran.

The Intel Management Engine: an attack on computer users' freedom — Free Software Foundation — working together for free software

The Management Engine1 (frequently abbreviated as ME) is a separate computer within Intel computers, which denies users control by forcing them to run nonfree software that cannot be modified or replaced by anyone but Intel.