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Telegram Says Instant Messenger App Was Not Blocked in Iran

Iranian authorities are not actually trying to block the Telegram instant messaging app, despite reports to the contrary. That’s according to new statements from the app’s Russian developer, Paul Durov. Telegram Messenger is a cross-platform app that provides messaging and file sharing for individuals and groups. It has some privacy-centric features built in, including encryption …

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Bleep: A P2P, Secure and Private Alternative to Skype for VoIP

Is Skype private? Not really. Bleep offers a better option for making free and private voice or video calls over the Internet using VoIP. Skype, the leading VoIP app, offers basic privacy features, most notably built-in encryption. But Skype is closed-source software, which means only Skype developers know how it truly works, or what information …

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Anoncoin Promises Privacy-Friendly, Anti-Censorship Online Currency

Browsing privately is one thing. Paying privately online is another. Anoncoin, a Tor- and I2P-compatible Internet currency with an anti-censorship focus, offers a solution to the latter challenge. Anoncoin bills itself as “a privacy-centric currency fully compatible with the I2P and TOR darknets. Anoncoin will be available no matter what the authorities do.” Anoncoin works …

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FireTweet Provides Easy Twitter Access in Censored Countries

Want a quick and easy way around Internet censorship so you can access Twitter? FireTweet might be just the solution you’re looking for. FireTweet is an Android app that uses peer-to-peer networking to circumvent firewalls that block Twitter. It’s free, has no ads and requires no special setup. Once launched, FireTweet looks like a standard …

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Alibi Offers User-Specified Traffic Routing to Avoid Censorship

Most anti-censorship tools focus on getting Internet data inside countries that attempt to block it. Alibi Routing, a new system created by academic researchers in the United States, does the opposite. It lets users prevent their data from passing through certain countries in order to avoid government sniffing. When data travels across the Internet, it …

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GNUnet Circumvents Censorship with Open-Source P2P Networking

Peer-to-peer networking tools, like Lantern and uProxy, are increasingly important for circumventing Internet censorship rules. But this strategy isn’t actually very new, as GNUnet, an open source peer-to-peer connectivity tool developed since 2001, makes clear. GNUnet establishes a mesh network with no central control point. That lets users skirt traditional gateways that Internet censors could …

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Lantern Provides P2P Proxy Network for Beating Internet Censorship

Need to beat online censorship, but don’t have access to a VPN? Lantern, an open-source app that uses peer-to-peer connections to get around firewalls, may be for you. Lantern was launched by Adam Fisk, the man behind the now-defunct LimeWire file-sharing platform. Fisk said he first conceived of the idea for Lantern when working on …

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Tor .onion Domain Gets Security Enhancement with IETF Approval

The Internet Engineering Task Force (IETF) has made private and anonymous Internet browsing easier by officially granting special status to the .onion domain name. Now, Tor users can be more certain that their tracks are hidden when they visit sites that use the .onion domain. The change’s chief significance is that it makes it impossible …

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