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The Best VPN Service Providers Of 2020

There are now over a hundred VPN providers located across the world. To create this list of the best VPN service providers, I test customer service, the reliability of their network, and commitment to privacy.

How to Use Encryption Effectively on Android Phones

Android phones and tablets have come with built-in encryption support for several years. Since the Android Lollipop release in 2014 encryption has even been turned on by default. But that doesn’t necessarily mean your Android personal data is secure. There are additional steps you should take to prevent access to your data in case your device is stolen. Here’s what …

Tor Project Will Pay Developers to Find Privacy Flaws

Tor developers have acknowledged security vulnerabilities in the platform, but also started a major effort to fix them, by launching a program that will pay people who find bugs in the Tor code. The new Tor initiative is a bug bounty program. That means programmers who review Tor code and find bugs will receive cash for their efforts. They don’t …

U.K. Government Monitors Taxpayers’ Online Activity

Why do government authorities want to monitor Internet users’ online activity? In the United Kingdom, one big reason is to find tax evaders by tracking social media accounts. The Belfast Telegraph reports that HM Revenue & Customs — the agency that collects taxes in the U.K. — has deployed a tool called Connect to monitor citizens’ social media activity. It …

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 …

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 activities. China “manages” the Internet, …

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 …

Houthi-Controlled Yemen Extends Internet Censorship

Add Houthi-controlled Yemen to the list of places currently subject to government-sponsored Internet censorship. With the help of a Canadian company, Houthi rebels in Yemen’s civil war are blocking online content. The Houthis are an ethnic group that effectively seized control of Yemen over the last year. They weren’t the first to introduce Internet censorship to the country — it …

The “Read-Only” Culture That Is Being Cultivated Is A Huge Mistake

Various media corporations have twisted copyright laws into malevolent beasts that actively thwart their original purpose. The laws are ruining the creativity they were originally intended to foster. They criminalize acts that have been prevalent in human culture for thousands of years. The public is being hoodwinked into a set of ideas that only benefit the largest and most greedy …

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Two Projects Aim To Decentralize The Internet

Here are two ambitious projects that aim to create a decentralized internet: Bitcloud: A group of Bitcoin developers want to create a decentralized internet, where peers are compensated for their contributions MaidSafe: A Scottish company has been developing a decentralized file storage system for the last eight years