News & Updates

We remember the ironic decision of the UK to draft their own bill regarding encryption backdoors in November last year, around the same time that the US decided not to push through with their anti-encryption legislation. The Investigatory Powers Bill passed its second reading in parliament a few months ago, and then the House of […]

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This month, the Android operating system got a major update from Google. This batch of patches includes a bunch of fixes for several serious bugs. This is great news for the security community since Android is the most popular mobile OS by far. But not every Android user is going to get the fixes.

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In this age of online multiplayer gaming, we have endless opportunities to play with and against other gamers from just about anywhere in the world. And we can enjoy new and expansive virtual realities at any hour of the day or night. But as awesome as the online gaming experience has become, the dangers have […]

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The FCC faces a lot of challenges in trying to reel in ISPs, such as the Republican Party proposals for a rate regulation ban and low-income program cuts. But the Commission is trying at least to move on ISP surveillance. Senior Editor at IDG News Grant Gross shared his views on the FCC’s proposal to […]

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Free speech has been a universal human right since it was declared such by the United Nations in 1948. But even though the declaration has been in effect for almost 70 years, many countries do not respect it. Each nation has its own agenda, and governments practice a variety of legal techniques to skirt it […]

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A group of Stanford University computer scientists recently concluded their research project on phone metadata. It took a few years, but they have finally published their findings on the Stanford website. Once again, we can see how metadata can uncover some very personal details of our lives. This isn’t really anything that we didn’t already […]

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In 2011, the United Nations made a declaration concerning Internet access as a human right. In May of 2015, they declared that encryption was necessary to preserve free speech. Now, a year later, Amnesty International is echoing that sentiment. They have declared that encryption is a human rights issue and that forcing the creation of […]

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When spies are tracking you and companies are mining your data and governments want to monitor your every move online, your reaction may be to stay offline. Many would even recommend this approach as the only real solution to privacy. But no one should have to make a choice between staying connected and maintaining privacy. […]

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There are many Internet companies these days whose business it is to connect people to the services that they seek. These digital middlemen offer valuable assistance, and so are very popular. As hubs, millions of people contact these companies, and there is a lot of data being passed through them. We know that this means […]

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How is it that as so many parts of the world crave to get connected, a country like Iraq can so easily cut off Internet access? Last week, the Ministry of Communications in Iraq ordered an Internet blackout that covered the entire country. Even mobile connections were unavailable in different areas of the country from […]

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