While political Oligarchs and spoiled/clueless members of Western society take the freedom of expression and the ability to peaceably assemble for granted, people all over the world are killed for these same ideals every single day. Who needs encryption rights? All the people and freedom fighters around the world that live in fear of their Governments.
Another day and more internet freedoms have been stripped away from the people of China. This past weekend, Apple made international headlines after the company pulled all its VPN services from their App store in China.
Yesterday, Russia became the first country in the world to completely ban access to VPN service providers, Proxies and the Tor network. Other countries have only partially or temporarily banned these types of service in the past, but before Russia, no one has ever completely banned every single one of them outright at the same time.
Say it aint so! In a press release this past Monday, Microsoft announced it has added the Paint program to its “deprecated” list, meaning that the company plans on cancelling the program in future updates. Considering that Paint has been a staple on Microsoft systems dating back to 1985, it marks an end of an Era – R.I.P.
In Urumqi, China, an area of the country with a sizeable Muslim population, authorities have set up various check points around the city to ensure that residents have downloaded a Government sponsored application on their phones, or install it for them if they have not. Police warn that anyone whom refuses to comply and install the SpyWare on their phones will be imprisoned for up to 10 days.
A recent study has found a link between swearing and higher intelligence, but can we make a similar connection between intelligence and browsing habits? In this Op-Ed, I will attempt to explain why swearing does not make you any smarter or intelligent, but learning about issues and events that are hard to talk about does build character, strengthens your convictions and builds intellectual awareness.
Members of the European Parliament proposed new measures last week, which would legalize end-to-end encryption on all communications and technological devices by mid-2018. What are the pro’s and cons of end-to-end encryption and why have Governments all over the world continued to ban it over the years?
On June 20th 2017, after years of planning and 4 months of beta testing, ProtonMail unveiled their latest service, an online Virtual Private Network Service. The VPN is available as both a paid or free service, though the company has already had to begin placing users on a waiting list for the free service due to an overwhelming amount of signups in the first hours of operation.
Families of victims in the San Bernadino shooting have filed a Federal lawsuit against these 3 major tech companies.They argue that the shooter could never have become “radicalized” if the Islamic State was not allowed to use their services in the first place. While this may technically be “true,” it does not necessarily mean they are “right” or will “win” this particular case.
SpaceX is proposing to launch enough satellites to theoretically connect the entire planet to the internet. This entails launching nearly 4,000 over the course of the next 6 years and potentially 10,000 in total by the end of decade. Why is SpaceX coming forward with such a proposal at this time and what has the company learned from recent history?
Russia’s legislature is currently considering new laws which would ban privacy companies that allow access to banned websites and fine search engines that link to them. As it stands today, 10’s of thousands of websites and services are banned in Russia, including sites as large as LinkedIn.
After cracking down on Bitcoin transactions/mining at the start of 2016, including attaching 4-7 year prison sentences to the cryptocurrency, it appears as though Russia is quickly reversing course in 2017. According to Reports by Bloomberg Markets, Russia might soon overturn previous laws and fully legalize Bitcoin transactions by 2018.