New U.S.-E.U. Online Privacy Agreement Lacks Teeth

by Tracy Knauer •

The United States made new promises this week that European citizens’ data stored on U.S. servers would not be subject to surveillance by the U.S. government. But so far, promises are the only thing the U.S. has offered to assure European concerns about online data privacy. The promises were part of a new agreement between U.S. and European officials about …

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The Best Blocklists To Use When Torrenting

by Grey One •

In A Nutshell Currently, the best free blocklist is provided by Wael.Name, however this site has awful pop-ups and ads, so here’s a direct link to the blocklist. The Details A blocklist is simply a list of IP addresses to block when torrenting. Typically, these lists consist of the IP addresses of known snoopers or malware providers. However, blocklists only …

How Malaysian ISPs Could Censor Content through the Transpacific Trade Partnership

by Tracy Knauer •

The Transpacific Trade Partnership (TPP) is facing new criticism in Malaysia, where a legislator who opposes the agreement says it could increase Internet censorship. Mohd Hatta Ramli, a member of the Malaysian parliament, said the TPP “would mean that providers could take down Internet content without any sort of repercussions, allowing for potentially widespread internet censorship,” according to The Malay …

South African Draft Policy Threatens Internet Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

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, …