In China, workers’ brainwaves are now being monitored on the factory floor

In the next installment of “how bad can things get”, Chinese factories are not content with monitoring their workers’ communications and physical location, but have found it much more efficient to monitor their worker’s brainwaves directly, writes the South China Morning Post. In a feature called “Forget about the Facebook leak”, it describes a new … Continue reading “In China, workers’ brainwaves are now being monitored on the factory floor”

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The European Commission’s “Upload Censorship for Copyright” is already obsolete

As Julia Reda has continuously reported from inside the European Parliament, the European Commission is pushing for an update to copyright monopoly laws that would introduce upload-time censorship on copyright grounds. It would not only make sites like GitHub illegal, be ineffective, and apply law incorrectly in its automated censorship; with yesterday’s piece of news, … Continue reading “The European Commission’s “Upload Censorship for Copyright” is already obsolete”

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Why we support the Index on Censorship: 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards

Freedom of Expression is a fundamental human right as enshrined in Article 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights. But it sadly comes as no surprise to any of us that there are governments and others wielding power around the globe who find numerous ways in which to obstruct freedom of expression. Be that … Continue reading “Why we support the Index on Censorship: 2018 Freedom of Expression Awards”

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And just like that, the copyright industry lost everything they’d fought for

It was just an idea posted in a random financial forum, but people saw the implications immediately. The Bitcoin-BCH financial network brings with it an uncensorable Twitter-like microblogging, called Memo. Once somebody realized this can also be used for magnet links, the copyright industry’s despicable repression game was at the beginning of its inevitable end. … Continue reading “And just like that, the copyright industry lost everything they’d fought for”

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  • Apr 27, 2018
  • Caleb Chen
  • News, Open Source, Privacy,

Why You Should Use End-to-End Encrypted Email to Increase your Privacy

Email is one of the most ubiquitous forms of online communication around. According to Statista, there are over 3.7 billion email users in the world currently. Unfortunately, it’s likely that the vast majority of email users do not understand email encryption. Not even five years ago, the majority of internet users did not send or … Continue reading “Why You Should Use End-to-End Encrypted Email to Increase your Privacy”

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Japan ISP to Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites Despite Censorship Prohibition

One of Japan’s largest internet service providers (ISPs) says that it will begin blocking pirate sites of its own volition, despite constitutional prohibitions on censorship. Industry publication TorrentFreak reports that NTT Communications Corp., along with its subsidiaries, will block access to websites that host pirated content in response to government requests. Other major Japanese ISPs … Continue reading “Japan ISP to Voluntarily Block Pirate Sites Despite Censorship Prohibition”

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  • Apr 24, 2018
  • rasengan
  • Announcements, News,

Why I hired Mt. Gox ex-CEO Mark Karpeles as CTO of London Trust Media

Some of the greatest lessons I’ve learned in my life, came from some of the greatest failures in my life. However, when my dreams were met with failure, I was fortunate enough to have a network of support that encouraged me to get back up. And I did get back up. On Mistakes, Forgiveness and … Continue reading “Why I hired Mt. Gox ex-CEO Mark Karpeles as CTO of London Trust Media”

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German Supreme Court: Adblocking does not violate copyright

German newspapers had sued AdBlock Plus for everything including the kitchen sink, such as “unfair competition” and copyright violation, for letting users opt out of the newspapers’ annoying and insecure advertising. This week, those newspaper publishers lost decisively in the German Supreme Court. The Reuters article is a little short on details, with the original … Continue reading “German Supreme Court: Adblocking does not violate copyright”

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Russia’s Telegram Ban Is a Fiasco, and It’s Rendering Millions of IP Addresses Inaccessible

Russia officially began implementing its Telegram ban on Monday, and it has gone about as poorly as could be expected. Far from just blocking Telegram, which incurred the ire of Russia’s censors for refusing to provide intelligence agencies with encryption keys that would allow them to access private user data, Ars Technica reports that Russian … Continue reading “Russia’s Telegram Ban Is a Fiasco, and It’s Rendering Millions of IP Addresses Inaccessible”

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Thousands of Android Apps Are Violating Child Privacy Laws

Thousands of Android apps are violating a law designed to protect the privacy of children using internet-connected devices, research from the International Computer Science Institute (ICSI) shows. Writing in a newly-published study, a group of ICSI researchers found that most Android apps targeted at children under 13 likely violate the Children’s Online Privacy Protection Act … Continue reading “Thousands of Android Apps Are Violating Child Privacy Laws”

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