New 451 HTTP Code Identifies Censored Websites

by Tracy Knauer •


Identifying sites that have been blocked due to Internet censorship has become easier thanks to a new HTTP status code, 451. Here are the details. HTTP status codes are used to classify different types of transactions between Web servers and browsers. In most cases users never see them, although some common codes — like the 404 “page not found” error …

The Pros and Cons of Using Tor for Online Privacy

by Tracy Knauer •

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Tor lets you browse the Internet anonymously. But to use it effectively, you should understand what it does and what it doesn’t do. Here’s a concise summary of things to know about Tor. As an online privacy solution, Tor offers lots of advantages. These include: It’s free. It’s relatively easy to set up and use. For most people, downloading and …

Report: Most Free Proxies Spy On Your Activities

by Grey One •


Many people use “free” and “open” web proxies to access Netflix and other streaming services when traveling outside the U.S. However, new research suggests that most of these services attempt to spy on your internet activities.

Digital Disconnect: How Capitalism is Turning the Internet Against Democracy

by Grey One •

A quote from the book Digital Disconnect by Robert W. McChesney: Regardless of what a progressive group’s first issue of importance is, its second issue should be media and communication, because so long as the media is in corporate hands, the task of social change will be vastly more difficult, if not impossible, across the board. McChensney argues that the …