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Welcome to episode 7 of The Privacy Blog Podcast. In April’s episode, we’ll be looking at the blacklisting of SSL certificate authorities by Mozilla Firefox – Specifically, what this complex issue means and why Mozilla chose to start doing this. In more breaking online privacy news, I will be discussing the security implications of relying […]

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In the tradition of Jonathan Swift’s “A Modest Proposal” is “The Dictator’s Practical Guide to Internet Power Retention, Global Edition”. Under the pretext of being a guide on how to crack down on Internet dissent for dictators, it does a nice job of analyzing how the Internet is used by dissidents, and the techniques used […]

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I have recently seen chatter suggesting people are confused about my thinking and allegiances on various privacy issues. First, a few core beliefs that form the axioms underlying my actions and positions. I believe that: The basic design of the Internet and the protocols that run on top of it make it the most privacy […]

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Courthouse News Service reports that a virginia judge has ruled Facebook “Likes” are not protected speech. The case was related to employees of the Hampton VA sheriff’s office who “Liked” the current sheriff’s opponent in the last election. After he was re-elected, he fired many of the people who had supported his opponent. The judge ruled […]

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The NYTimes.com reports that Kapil Sibal, the acting telecommunications minister for India is pushing Google, Microsoft, Yahoo and Facebook to more actively and effectively screen their content for disparaging, inflammatory and defamatory content. Specifically Mr. Sibal is telling these companies that automated screening is insufficient and that they should have humans read and approve allmessages […]

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Back in February, British Prime Minister David Cameron gave a speech where he strongly opposed the censorship and crack down on protesters in Egypt. For decades, some have argued that stability required highly controlling regimes, and that reform and openness would put that stability at risk. So, the argument went, countries like Britain faced a […]

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Amid unrest, a hard new look at online anonymity | The Social – CNET News: This article takes an interesting look at the issues with Facebook’s true name policy and the impact it has on activists and dissidents in repressive countries. It quite rightly talks about the fact that for most of the history of […]

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In this interview with Eric Schmidt, CEO of Google, comes out very strongly against anonymity starting at about 5:10 in the video. His argument is that: “If you are trying to commit a terrible evil crime it is not obvious that you should be able to do so with complete anonymity.” The problem is that absolute […]

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This year the “Computers Freedom and Privacy” (CFP) conference is taking place in San Jose from June 15-18. This year is the 20th anniversary of the conference which helped shape my thinking about Internet Privacy and introduced me to many of the key players in this space. Around the same time in 1992 an email […]

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Lauren Weinstein’s Blog: Saving Internet Anonymity — The Struggle is Joined I strongly encourage anyone with a commitment to Internet anonymity to read this blog post. An organized opposition to the existence of such anonymity is growing. Of course, like attempt to clamp down on cryptography, it will only impact the law abiding while criminals […]

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