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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

Facebook Usage is Falling After Privacy Scandals

From The Guardian web site: “Facebook usage has plummeted over the last year, according to data seen by the Guardian, though the company says usage by other measures continues to grow. “Since April 2018, the first full month after news of the Cambridge Analytica scandal broke in the Observer, actions on Facebook such as likes, shares and posts have dropped by almost 20%, according to the business analytics firm Mixpanel. […]

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Words That Everyone Should Read

Peggy Drexler is a CNN reporter who published an article I think everyone should read. She describes several recent incidents where individuals posted text or pictures online that they assumed would remain private, visible only to a few of their friends. Sadly, they learned that isn’t a valid assumption. In some cases, there was no privacy: the information was visible to the public. In other cases, the so-called “friend” who […]

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WeChat Is Watching You

If you ever use WeChat, the Chinese multi-purpose messaging, social media and mobile payment app developed by Tencent, you need to read the article by Barclay Bram in the Nautilus web site at http://nautil.us/issue/73/play/wechat-is-watching. After reading the article, you probably will want to immediately uninstall the WeChat app from your computer devices. WeChat is sort of the Chinese equivalent of Facebook or WhatsApp. WeChat has more than 1 billion active […]

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Webmail – the Good, the Bad, and What Comes Next

From the TutaNota Blog: “Since its start, webmail has become incredibly popular. Everybody has at least one free webmail account: Gmail, Yahoo, Outlook.com, and GMX are some of the most widely used webmail services. However, as we learn how the web works now, how companies manipulate us, how free services abuse our data, the time has come to demand change – because we deserve it.” The full article may be […]

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How to Find Ethical Alternatives to Big Tech Products and Services

From an article in The Next Web (TNW): “It’s not like any of us went to a store for unethical people and told the clerk to load us up with dozens of products and services developed by companies that have no regard for personal privacy, human rights, or the future of our planet. “But here we sit. There’s a good chance that the company that makes your phone’s OS develops […]

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