Tim Berners-Lee: A Magna Carta for the web

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Tim Berners-Lee has launched a global campaign to save the web from the destructive effects of abuse and discrimination, political manipulation, and other threats that plague the online world. In a talk at the opening of the Web Summit in Lisbon on Monday, the...
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Girding up your loins

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“Gird your loins”. It’s a delightful expression, albeit arcane, and one that I’ve never used in print before – which lead me to do some research on its origin, that took me away from the main thrust of this post – gosh it’s so...
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WhatsApp revisited

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The very excellent Electronic Frontier Foundation have recently published an article expressing their security concerns about WhatsApp. In short, these are: Unencrypted backups WhatsApp prompts you to choose how often to backup your data to the cloud. These backups...
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WIRED’s security special

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In case you don’t know it, Wired is probably the best tech magazine around. They have just put together a security special, an accessible guide to encryption tools already on the market. In a world where cybercrime is transferring wealth on an unprecedented...
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Poets’ day

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Your view of the typical hacker is probably that they are a social misfit who spends all their waking hours (which are usually the hours of darkness) bent over their keyboards and typing impenetrable lines of program code into a remote system far far away, and...
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HTTPS Everywhere

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HTTPS Everywhere is produced as a collaboration between The Tor Project and the Electronic Frontier Foundation. Many sites on the web offer some limited support for encryption over HTTPS, but make it difficult to use. For instance, they may default to unencrypted...
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Ghostery

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Ghostery is a free privacy browser extension for Internet Explorer, Opera, Mozilla Firefox, Apple Safari, and Google Chrome. It enables its users to easily detect and block web bugs, that are objects embedded in a web page, invisible to the user, that allow the...
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Google Sharing

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Google already know lots about you: from your Google searches and use of Google maps – and via Google Analytics (used on many websites) they know about websites you’ve viewed that you didn’t even use Google to find. The easy-to-install googlesharing...
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Are you at risk from the anti-terrorism algorithms?

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Does the stuff you post on the internet make you look like a terrorist? Is the rhythm of your typing sending the wrong signals? The government wants sites such as Google and Facebook to scan their users more closely. But if everything we do online is monitored by...
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