We’re thrilled to announce the relaunch of Surveillance Self-Defense (SSD), our guide to defending yourself and your friends from digital surveillance by using encryption tools and developing appropriate privacy and security practices. The site launches today in English, Arabic, and Spanish, with more languages coming soon.
If you’re reading this, you are likely an avid social media user, either for work, personal life, or both. Most of us are on the major social networks: Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, LinkedIn, and chances are you also use others such as Snapchat, Vine, and Pinterest. How many social networks does the average Internet user belong to? The answer is five, and the closer you are to teenage years, the number increases.
This Open Access Week, we are celebrating and advocating for unfettered access to the results of research, a movement that has shown considerable progress over the last few decades.
This is a guest post by Yana Welinder, Legal Counsel at the Wikimedia Foundation andNon-Residential Fellow at Stanford CIS. If you have comments on this post, you can contact her on Twitter or her Wikimedia talk page.
Ask any tech-minded individual to name the biggest industry trend right now, and you’re sure to hear wearables more than a few times. Two years ago, wearables were still a relatively unknown device category, but today you’d be hard pressed to find a tech company that isn’t involved in the wearables market. Despite the influx […]
Ello, the social network that has recently gained traction as an ad-free and more private alternative to Facebook, has raised $5.5 million in venture funding, according to Recode.
Upstart social network Ello’s has pegged a big part of its appeal on the promise that it will never sell ads to users. Now, it’s used a novel legal maneuver to ensure that the company will live up that promise.
The Islamic State has released a training guide on how to tweet safely without giving out important information such as the location of the user to intelligence agencies including NSA….
Here in the United States, we spend most of our time in an always-on world—a place where internet connections are as constant and reliable as the lights or running water. But this sort of always-on internet is very much a first-world luxury, and it appears to be confined to countries that were early users of […]
Amazon, ever the customer-centric company, recently released its first smartphone, the Amazon Fire Phone. With it, the world’s largest online retailer and creator of the highly successful Kindle e-readers and tablets, took on the challenge to redefine the way people interact with their smartphone. Instead of tapping and touching, users are able to experience gesture […]
Laura Poitras’ riveting new documentary about mass surveillance gives an intimate look into the motivations that guided Edward Snowden, who sacrificed his career and risked his freedom to expose mass surveillance by the NSA. CITIZENFOUR, which debuts on Friday, has many scenes that explore the depths of government surveillance gone awry and the high-tension unfolding of Snowden’s rendezvous with journalists in Hong Kong. One of the most powerful scenes in the film comes when Snowden discusses his motivation for the disclosures and points to his fundamental belief in the power and promise of the Internet: