Russia’s Roskomnadzor orders VPNs to censor “banned” sites

The Roskomnadzor, Russia’s government censorship agency, has issued formal notices to ten non-Russian VPN providers demanding that they “hook up” to the Roskomnadzor’s list of banned sites and start complying with said blocks within 30 business days. Vadim Ampelonsky, the Roskamnadzor’s press secretary, told Interfax that if the targeted VPN companies do not comply, they … Continue reading “Russia’s Roskomnadzor orders VPNs to censor “banned” sites”

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ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent

Several websites including Voat, ZeroHedge, Archive.is, LiveLeak, and others have been blocked in Australia and New Zealand in direct contravention to civil liberties that citizens are supposed to have. The biggest of these internet providers, Telstra, has published a blog post defending their censorship action – even acknowledging that free speech has been sacrificed by … Continue reading “ISPs in AU and NZ start censoring the internet without legal precedent”

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  • Jan 9, 2019
  • Derek Zimmer
  • Net Neutrality, News, Open Source, Privacy, Security,

OpenVPN 2.5.0 – What is Coming to OpenVPN in 2019

OpenVPN is the old guard of the VPN world. It is powerful, stable, and it has a large and enthusiastic dev community backed by multiple commercial interests. A new dot release is scheduled to be released this year, with many new features that aim to make OpenVPN easier to use and resist censorship. Here is … Continue reading “OpenVPN 2.5.0 – What is Coming to OpenVPN in 2019”

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  • Oct 21, 2018
  • Chris Miller
  • Announcements, Governments, News,

#WeHearYouKhashoggi

The image you see above, is part of a full page ad we ran in The New York Times Sunday Edition today, October 21, 2018.   Late last night, we were informed that our ad had been pulled, but around 80,000 copies had already left. The ad had already been approved and paid for.  However, that … Continue reading “#WeHearYouKhashoggi”

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Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?

Google will expand into China and launch a new search engine compliant with the Chinese government’s strict censorship rules, according to a recent report by The Intercept’s Ryan Gallagher. Versions of the app have been called “Maotai” and “Longfei,” and could launch in as soon as six months — once the Chinese government approves the … Continue reading “Google is expanding back into China. What does that mean for freedom of information?”

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  • Jul 4, 2018
  • Derek Zimmer
  • BitTorrent, Governments, Privacy, Security,

Oppression for Pennies – The Cost of Surveillance is Falling

Oppression for Pennies – The Cost of Surveillance is Falling If there’s one thing the Internet has taught us over the last 40 years, it is that information is power. The Internet has made and ruined careers, toppled corrupt regimes, made and broken millions of relationships, disrupted entire sectors of economies and created new markets … Continue reading “Oppression for Pennies – The Cost of Surveillance is Falling”

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Rhode Island Lawmaker Pulls Porn Censorship Bill, Citing Its ‘Dubious Origins’

A Rhode Island lawmaker has a yanked a controversial porn censorship bill, citing its “dubious origins.” The “Human Trafficking and Prevention Act” (HTPA), versions of which are circulating in more than a dozen statehouses across the US, would require device manufacturers to install permanent internet filters that block pornographic content by default. To remove the … Continue reading “Rhode Island Lawmaker Pulls Porn Censorship Bill, Citing Its ‘Dubious Origins’”

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  • Jul 20, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Security,

Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle

VPNs are indispensable tools for today’s Internet users, and nowhere more so than in China. The famous “Great Firewall of China” – the name given to the set of technologies used to enforce censorship of foreign sites – can be circumvented by VPNs, but not in a consistent way. Sometimes VPNs are blocked, sometimes they … Continue reading “Putting together the pieces of the Chinese VPN jigsaw puzzle”

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Canadian Supreme Court decision forces Google to participate in censorship by removing search results worldwide

A recent decision by the Canadian Supreme Court will force Google to remove a particular site from search results all around the world, not just in Canada. While Canada has committed to upholding net neutrality and treating all data traffic the same; they have definitely also taken a hard stance on how they wish to … Continue reading “Canadian Supreme Court decision forces Google to participate in censorship by removing search results worldwide”

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