Tresorit: Cloud File Storage With End-To-End Encryption

Tresorit is a new encrypted cloud stroage provider, based in Switzerland. I’ve been testing their service for a few months, and it has performed well. Tresorit works in a familar Dropbox-type fashion. However, the difference is that Tresorit encrypts your files before they are uploaded to the cloud. This is what is called “end-to-end encryption”. It means your files are …

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Bitwarden: A Faster Alternative To Lastpass

Bitwarden is now my recommended password manager. This free, open source application is a replacement for properitary password managers like Lastpass and 1Password.

Getting Started With Ethereum

Ethereum is a decentralized computing platform and crytocurrency. Ethereum uses Bitcoin’s blockchain technology to create a protocol for “smart contracts”.

South Korea Revises Law Affecting Online Censorship

South Korea’s modification of a law that regulates online content could lead to more Internet censorship in the country, critics say. Korea Times reports that the Korea Communications Standards Commission, or KCSC, has revised a law that allows people to dispute online content that may be defamatory in nature. In its previous form, the law only granted the alleged victims …

Pakistan’s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB) Law Could Increase Censorship

Pakistan’s Prevention of Electronic Crimes Bill (PECB), a draft law that regulates Internet-related technology and content, could radically increase the government’s censorship abilities, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation. The bill, which was rewritten last April, provides the government with powers to control how people use various types of electronic technology, including the Internet and websites. Here is the document …

Australia’s New Internet Censorship Law Will Be Tested

A legal demand is testing Internet censorship policies for the first time in Australia, where an Internet service provider, or ISP, has been threatened with a lawsuit if it does not block online content. The case centers on a website owned by an Australian construction company. Another construction company says the site infringes its copyright. It hired a legal firm …

DOPPA Law Aims to Protect Online Privacy in Delaware

Delaware will become one of the first states in the U.S. to enforce strong online privacy policies through a new law called DOPPA, which takes effect on January 1, 2016. DOPPA, which is short for the Delaware Online Privacy and Protection Act, has three main purposes: Preventing marketing of specific types of online content to anyone under the age of …

Turkey Blocks Reddit without Explanation

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 …

Anti-Censorship Group Criticizes Turkish Government Internet Policy

Turkey’s policies on Internet censorship have come under fire from Access Now, an online privacy and freedom advocacy group. Turkey has had a controversial history of Internet regulation in recent years. The country passed a law called the Internet Act in 2007, which was modified significantly by a new bill in 2014. Authorities said the 2014 changes to the law …

China and Iran at Bottom of Report on Government Censorship

How does Internet freedom compare between different countries? A report out this week from Freedom House aims to answer that question by ranking countries according to online censorship policies. The report, titled “Freedom on the Net 2015,” presents information about Internet censorship in 88 countries. It assigns each country a score while also providing reports on individual countries that detail …

South African Draft Policy Threatens Internet Privacy

Online videos and other content have become the target of new Internet censorship legislation proposed in South Africa through the Online Regulation Policy, which is now available in draft form. The document is part of an effort to bring South Africa’s Film and Publications Act of 1996 up to speed with the Internet. In attempting to regulate online content, however, …

Tor: A Truly Anonymous Internet

If you want to browse the internet anonymously, and you are patient enough to wait about 2-3 seconds for web pages to load, check out Tor. Tor is a network that protects you by bouncing your communications around a distributed network of relays run by volunteers all around the world. Tor prevents somebody watching your Internet connection from learning what sites you …