Internet privacy

Madhu Kishwar asks about reporting rapes if the rapist has a right to privacy

Confusing right to privacy with right to rape – addressing comment by Madhu Kishwar

In a rather bewildering tweet today, Madhu Kishwar asked, “Do champions of #RightToPrivacy realise that if 2 women hadn’t complained, #babaRamRahim doings in his “Gufa”covered under right to privacy?” The tweet was so absurd that she was met with a barrage of retorts and taunts by people she was taunting. I guess if we are …

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Allegations of foreign intelligence affiliations

Co-founder and director of iSPIRIT, Sharad Sharma accused of anonymous trolling of dissenters

Since the last few weeks, there has been a sudden uptick of anonymous accounts supporting Aadhaar and dismissing concerns and news of information leaks, security and privacy issues. These accounts were all either created in may or scrubbed of all content and began tweeting afresh in May. Some of them are propaganda accounts that tweet only …

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Illustration of how a file or document is sent using Public key encryption by Johannes Landin

DEITY National Encryption Policy is as good as forbidding encryption

First of all, what is National Encryption Policy? “Under Section 84A of Information Technology Act, 2000 Rules are to be framed to prescribe modes or methods for encryption”. So DeitY has framed a draft of such rules which will decide the future of how encrypted services are to be used or provided to users in …

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The Diaspora Yatra

Zuck: Yeah so if you ever need info about anyone at Harvard Just ask. I have over 4,000 emails, pictures, addresses, SNS† Friend: What? How’d you manage that one? Zuck: People just submitted it. I don’t know why. They “trust me” Dumb *ucks. The Zuck in the above conversation is Mark Zuckerberg. And they are …

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A do not disturb sign at a Gol Course emphasizing private property

Delhi Police Project O-Sint: Apprehensions and better OSINT alternatives

It took me a while to figure out what the project was. O-sint? Then another source published it without the hyphen. OSint? OSINT! Far from being the code name of some newfangled Op by Delhi Police, it is a term straight out of the US_NSA penchant for alphabet soup acronyms. Right up there with SIGINT, …

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The best of TOR

I think TOR‘s hidden services are dismissed too easily. They are a quick access to “anyone can host their own site” “anyone can have their own domain” and “hey, let’s have fun!”. I think more people should use TOR to host their own sites for free – decentralized is the future of the internet, though …

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Enemies of the State

As the scams started coming out of the woodwork, so did the government’s desire to limit the travel of information. To governments worldwide, bloated in their sense of impunity, the internet was a devastating blow. Castles of fakery started to crumble and governments waged a relentless war on their own people. It is easy in …

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