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Chinese Leader Says Government Does Not Censor Internet

Internet censors in China are defending online censorship practices — or insisting censorship does not exist — ahead of a conference where online privacy is likely to be on the minds of attendees. As Hong Kong Free Press reports, China’s main leader of online censorship, Lu Wei, is deploying euphemistic language regarding the country’s censorship […]

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French Police Call for Restrictions on Tor and VoIP Encryption

French authorities are considering a ban on Tor, as well as rules that would require VoIP users to hand over encryption keys, as part of what police say is an effort to restrict terrorists’ ability to communicate privately online. Le Monde, a major newspaper in France, reports that police have requested authority to “prohibit and

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CacheBrowser Offers New Method for Beating Internet Censorship

Two American professors say they have a new, virtually foolproof way to beat Internet censorship using a tool they call CacheBrowser, which they promise to be especially effective against censorship in China. The professors, John Holowczak and Amir Houmansadr, describe the tool in a paper published earlier this year. As they explain, their technique for

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Russia Considers New Domain-Blocking Censorship Rules

Russian government authorities may soon increase their ability to censor online content by blocking registration of websites on certain top-level domains, which could pose challenges even for people who use anti-censorship services to access blocked sites. Roscomnadzor, the agency that regulates media and Internet content in Russia, already has the authority to block entire websites,

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Three Free Anti-Keylogging Apps For Windows

Keyloggers are one of the most effective ways for hackers to steal private information. Here are some solutions for preventing keyloggers from compromising your Windows system. Keyloggers come in two forms — those that are software-based and those that are embedded in hardware.  The latter can only be installed by someone who has physical access

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Marionette Promises More Flexible Anti-Censorship Tools

Most anti-censorship tools attempt to provide a one-size-fits-all solution for accessing banned online content. Marionette, a “programmable network proxy” currently under development, could offer a much more robust anti-censorship solution. Marionette is an open-source project that aims to build “a programmable client-server proxy that enables the user to control network traffic features with a lightweight

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Could Email Provide Access to Censored Online Content?

Here’s a creative way to beat online censorship: transmit banned information via email. That’s what a little-known (and now defunct) project called Feed over Email tried to do. It never got off the ground, but it’s notable all the same for its creative approach to online privacy, which did not require VPNs or Tor. Feed

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