Turkey Blocks Reddit without Explanation

by Tracy Knauer •

Reddit has become the latest victim of Internet censorship in Turkey, where government authorities have blocked the site under an Internet regulation law. The Telecom Authority of Turkey, which regulates Internet content in the country, has confirmed that it blocked access to Reddit, a popular website for aggregating and commenting on news articles. The agency cited Turkey’s Internet Censorship Law …

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How Your Browser Fingerprint Affects Online Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

Sometimes, the harder you work to stay private online, the easier it is for people to track you. That’s because of the phenomenon called browser fingerprinting. Here’s what it means, and how to deal with it. When you visit websites, they collect information about your computer configuration. Some of this information is part of your Web browser’s user agent string, …

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Australian Government Accepts Digital Identity and Monitoring Policy

by Tracy Knauer •

Australians aren’t required to carry physical ID cards. But they may soon have to carry the digital equivalent when using the Internet, according to a new policy that threatens online privacy in Australia. On Oct. 20, the Australian government announced its acceptance of measures that would enforce a “federated-style model of trusted digital identities.” The policy has been under development …

Anoncoin Promises Privacy-Friendly, Anti-Censorship Online Currency

by Tracy Knauer •

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 in a way similar to …