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"Friends don’t let friends get spied on.' – Richard Stallman, President of the Free Software Foundation and longtime advocate of privacy in technology.

Online Privacy & Security

Can Military Scientists Fix Your Online Privacy Problem?

On Wednesday, the military’s Defense Advanced Projects Research Agency, or DARPA, put out an agency announcement on a program that seeks to restore some semblance of privacy to the online world. The so-called Brandeis program, named after the late U.S. Supreme Court associate justice and privacy advocate Louis Brandeis, seeks to build “information systems that can ensure private data can only be used for its intended purpose and no other.

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Keep Your Personal Information Off the Internet

If you care anything about your own privacy, never post your address and phone number online. The primary reason is that numerous organizations are constantly searching for your personal information so they may collect it and sell it to others. The definition of “others” varies widely, ranging from legitimate law enforcement agencies to con artists of all sorts. Here are some of the most popular sites, and ways to opt […]

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The Edward Snowden Archive is now Available Online

A joint project between Canadian Journalists for Free Expression and the Politics of Surveillance Project at the Faculty of Information at the University of Toronto has now released an online database of hundreds of classified U.S. government documents that Edward Snowden leaked to the media in 2013. It is the first time the leaked documents have been indexed and made fully searchable online.

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Facebook Employees Can Access Your Account Without Your Password

I doubt if this will surprise anyone. Facebook is a service that resides on the web. As such, all Internet rules apply to Facebook, including: If you’re worried about keeping something completely private, don’t put it online. You can read more in an article by Emil Protalinski at I suspect that employees of many other online companies can do the same. Facebook is simply a bit more blatant than […]

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