This story describes recent censorship and hate speech in India. However, similar stories are happening in many countries around the world, including the good ol’ USA. Eugen Rochko describes the problems and at least one solution involving Mastodon. Mastodon, which is not owned by any one person or corporation and is decentralized, is often proposed as an alternative to Twitter. It is a free and open-source social networking service where […]
Thoughts About Privacy
“Paying with just a wave of your phone can be more secure than a physical card.” Key takeaways: Mobile payments are safe—and they are faster and easier than paying cash or using a card. You can connect a debit card or a credit card to the digital wallet app in your phone to make mobile payments. If you have a smartphone, you can use that to pay for things with […]
Here’s a radical idea: take away all the control exercised by all the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) and let smaller organizations and private citizens define how the Internet will operate. Actually, that’s not so radical after all. In fact, it is how the Internet operated in its early days before the mega-corporations (Google, Facebook, Amazon, YouTube, Twitter and a few dozen others) rose […]
Some politicians simply don’t understand the legitimate needs for encryption. If they are not careful, they may get what they wish for. The latest silliness involves US Attorney General Bill Barr who told attendees of a cybersecurity conference in New York that the government should be able to spy on everyone’s secrets. You can read more at: https://zd.net/2GvDE5C. What is encryption and why is it important? Encryption, is the process […]
From an article by Anita George in the DigitalTrends.com web site: “While speed and user-friendliness are important concerns to consider when looking for a new browser, it’s also important to find the right browser for your privacy needs. Our picks for the best browsers for privacy include a wide variety of privacy features. “In fact, consider our top pick, Brave. It’s a browser that contains many of the same features […]
In just 860 tightly-crafted words, Eric Hughes articulated a vision in 1993 for a world in which privacy was a basic human right. A lot has changed since 1993 but the need for privacy remains unchanged. In fact, privacy is under attack these days, making the reading of the Cypherpunk’s Manifesto more important than ever. A Cypherpunk’s Manifesto by Eric Hughes Privacy is necessary for an open society in the […]
Is this a privacy issue? If the new Ring doorbells’ neighborhood spy network is used only to find criminals, most of us will be strongly in favor of it. However, history has proven hundreds of times that projects designed to reduce crime or identify criminals can easily be abused by unscrupulous individuals for illegal and/or privacy-invasive uses.