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Techno-Liberty
A blog on the technology of freedom
A blog on the technology of freedom
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The messaging app Confide got a big publicity boost from Donald Trump’s using it. It does seem like a useful thing for highly confidential communication, if it works well. (Also for evading public records requirements.) It lets you read a message only…

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A few weeks ago, Sidd Bikkannavar flew back to the United States from South America. He’s a US citizen by birth and an employee of NASA’s Jet Propulsion Laboratory. The US Customs and Border Patrol demanded that he provide the passcode to his phone. They…

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Internet censorship isn’t always obvious. Blocking may come and go, or censors might block just part of a site. Automating detection helps to unmask sneaky blocking attempts. Ooniprobe is a mobile application which lets people in censorship-prone areas…

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Imagine a world where driver’s licenses are obsolete. The car of the future will do everything for you. It will drive itself. It will talk with other cars. It will drop you off and then find its own parking space. It may also obey orders from people with…

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Yesterday the U.S. Senate voted to confirm Jefferson Sessions as Attorney General. This was a key appointment in Trump’s campaign to consolidate his power, and bad for liberties of all kind, including data privacy. In general, he’s a vile person. Sessions…

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Donald Trump has talked about forcing Mexicans to pay for a border wall with a tax on remittances back home. When Mexicans working in the US send money back home, they’ll have to send a big chunk to Washington for the privilege. The tax would have to be…

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This week’s news roundup, with an effort to find more good news: Airbnb is offering free housing for refugees and others whom the US has turned away. Co-founder Brian Chesky wrote, “Not allowing countries or refugees into America is not right, and we must…

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Trump’s ban on non-citizens (at first including permanent residents) from seven countries entering the US has hurt a broad range of people. Let’s take a look at its effects on the tech world. The Guardian reports that “the ban dealt a blow to the…

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There is a big push for news organizations to adopt HTTPS, because it will make it harder for snoopers to observe what people are reading. In countries where information is seriously censored, this protection could save people from unpleasant…

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Here’s a summary of recent news related to technology and freedom. If I find enough links, I’ll make this a regular Friday feature in addition to the Tuesday and Thursday posts, under the Newsbits category.
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