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Fighting #Censorship with #ProtonMail Encrypted Email Over Tor - ProtonMail Blog - #privacy 

Fighting #Censorship with #ProtonMail Encrypted Email Over Tor - ProtonMail Blog - #privacy  | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

In the past two years, ProtonMail has grown enormously, especially after the recent US election, and today we are the world’s largest encrypted email service with over 2 million users. We have come a long way since our user community initially crowdfunded the project. 


ProtonMail today is much larger in scope than what was originally envisioned when our founding team met at CERN in 2013. As ProtonMail has evolved, the world has also been changing around us. 


Civil liberties have been increasingly restricted in all corners of the globe. Even Western democracies such as the US have not been immune to this trend, which is most starkly illustrated by the forced enlistment of US tech companies into the US surveillance apparatus. 


In fact, we have reached the point where it simply not possible to run a privacy and security focused service in the US or in the UK. At the same time, the stakes are also higher than ever before. As ProtonMail has grown, we have become increasingly aware of our role as a tool for freedom of speech, and in particular for investigative journalism. 


Last fall, we were invited to the 2nd Asian Investigative Journalism Conference and were able to get a firsthand look at the importance of tools like ProtonMail in the field.

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MAP: Here are the countries that block Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube | #eDemocracy #censorship

MAP: Here are the countries that block Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube | #eDemocracy #censorship | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Turkey is the latest country to block Twitter and YouTube, but it's not the only one.

Via Pierre Levy
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On Thursday, the Turkish government blocked the country's access to YouTube, after banning Twitter earlier this month, in an effort to quell anti-government sentiment prior to local elections on March 30. Turkish Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan says that social networks are facilitating the spread of wiretapped recordings that have been politically damaging. The YouTube block reportedly came about after a video surfaced of government officials discussing the possibility of going to war with Syria. The government officially banned Twitter after the network refused to take down an account accusing a former minister of corruption. Twitter is challenging the ban and a Turkish court overturned it on Wednesday, but it's not yet clear how an appeal might play out.

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aanve's curator insight, March 30, 2014 10:51 PM

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Arnaud d'Haen's curator insight, March 31, 2014 3:54 AM

with #full.stop we prefer the color green. It stands for open, effective and efficient communication Red is #scary

Ana urbano's curator insight, April 1, 2014 12:38 PM

Bloqueo de las redes sociales por países

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Net Neutrality, #Algorithmic Filtering and #Ferguson | #censorship

Net Neutrality, #Algorithmic Filtering and #Ferguson | #censorship | e-Xploration | Scoop.it

Net Neutrality, Algorithmic Filtering and Ferguson

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Twitter was also affected by algorithmic filtering. “Ferguson” did not trend in the US on Twitter but it did trend locally. [I’ve since learned from @gilgul that that it *briefly* trended but mostly trended at localities.] So, there were fewer chances for people not already following the news to see it on their “trending” bar. Why? Almost certainly because there was already national, simmering discussion for many days and Twitter’s trending algorithm (said to be based on a method called “term frequency inverse document frequency”) rewards spikes… So, as people in localities who had not been talking a lot about Ferguson started to mention it, it trended there though the national build-up in the last five days penalized Ferguson.


Algorithms have consequences.


Mass media, typically, does not do very well covering chronic problems of unprivileged populations, poor urban blacks bear the brunt of this, but they are not alone. Rural mostly white America, too, is almost always ignored except for the occasional “meth labs everywhere” story. But yesterday, many outlets were trying, except police didn’t let them. Chris Hayes says that police ordered satellite trucks off the area so that they could not go live from the area. Washington Post was only one outlet whose journalists were arrested — citizen journalists were targeted as well.


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Computer Scientists Measure the Speed of Censorship On China's Twitter | MIT Technology Review

Computer Scientists Measure the Speed of Censorship On China's Twitter | MIT Technology Review | e-Xploration | Scoop.it
Censorship on Weibo, China’s version of Twitter, is near real-time and relies on a workforce of over 4,000 censors who stop work during the evening news, according the first detailed analysis of censorship patterns.

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Pierre Levy's curator insight, March 7, 2013 11:32 AM

The results of the study are fascinating. They say that in their data set about 5 per cent of the deletions occur within 8 minutes of posting and around 30 per cent within 0 minutes. In total, 90 per cent of deletions occur within a day, although at times deletions can occur several days later.