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How Ukrainian immigrants used a Tor-like network to send uncensored letters during the Cold War. A (physical) Tor-like network for smuggling uncensored letters through the Soviet Union.
"I’m not upset that I got railroaded and I had to shut down my business," said Levison. "I’m upset because we need a Mil-Spec [military grade] cryptographic mail system for the entire planet just to be able to talk to our friends and family without any kind of fear of government surveillance." "With the type of metadata collection that’s going on today, we have guilt by association," he said. "Imagine being put on a no fly list because you happen to sit next to a criminal at a convention like this." Levison and others launched the Dark Mail project, which is developing Dime, a set of new email protocols its creators hope will revolutionize the way the world communicates online.
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Top Ten Ways to Protect Your Privacy Online
1. Look for privacy policies on the Web
2. Get a separate email account for personal email
3. Teach your kids that giving out personal information online is like giving it to strangers
4. Clear your memory cache after browsing
5. Make sure that online forms are secure
6. Reject unnecessary cookies
7. Use anonymous remailers
8. Encrypt your email
9. Use anonymizers while browsing
10. Opt-Out of Third Party Information Sharing
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Anonymity is essential to protect free speech. It can be used to protect human rights workers reporting abuses, politial dissidents commenting on government actions, writers publishing controversial literature and other important functions where revealing a person's identity would threaten a person's life or wellbeing. Anonymous publishing has been recognized in the United States as being protected by the First Amendment. The GILC Web-Based Remailer is a joint project of the George Mason Society and the Global Internet Liberty Campaign.
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Anonymity At Any Cost
When Lance Cottrell created an easy-to-use anonymous e-mail service back in 1994, he feared that nobody would use it. "I used to be worried that people didn't want anonymity enough to pay for it," he says. Today his company, Infonex, boasts 3,000 customers who pay $60 a year to browse the Web without leaving behind digital footprints. Which leaves Cottrell with new and more troubling worries. The mushrooming popularity of his Web-based "Anonymizer" (he also offers a slower, free version) has placed him at the heart of an explosive Internet debate over the limits of free speech and privacy online. Is Infonex - or Cottrell personally - responsible if a user breaks the law and can't be traced? Should the government restrict anonymous remailers or untraceable Web browsing? Last weekend Cottrell and I joined 40 lawyers, technologists and academics at a conference sponsored by the American Association for the Advancement of Science. Our charge: to puzzle through some of the questions surrounding anonymous communication. (Full disclosure: Since AAAS invited me to participate in the conference, the group paid for my trip to the University of California at Irvine.)The answers, in part, came from focus groups during the second half of the conference (mine included Esther Dyson and Peter Neumann). We decided that:
1. Anonymity is not inherently bad.
2. Governments should not attempt to restrict anonymity.
3. Communities should develop their own policies on anonymity.
4. Users should know the conditions under which they are communicating.
5. Users should know that there are no guarantees of perfect anonymity.
6. Users should be educated about the kinds of technologies available for surveillance and for anonymity.
7. Anonymity requires strong encryption without government backdoors.At least one other group decided that the government should limit anonymity.
"The question seems to me to be whether there should be any restrictions in the system that allows traceability," said Philip Reitinger, a Justice Department prosecutor. His comments foreshadow a debate similar to the one currently happening over encryption, in which the FBI insists you only use software to which the government has backdoor access. Look for Louis Freeh to demand that anonymous remailers to keep logs for his G-Men. Of course, would-be regulators must grapple with the same problems as they did with the Communications Decency Act: The U.S. has a rich history of protecting anonymous free expression. Not only were the Federalist Papers published anonymously, but a recent Supreme Court ruling reaffirmed the right to speak anonymously. Then there are the problems of banning overseas remailers. "No law relying on territorial sovereignty will ultimately have much of an impact," said David Post, a law professor at Temple University.
Nobody knows this better than Cottrell. A few months ago the Austrian government asked him to cough up the identity of one of his users who published Nazi propaganda. The propagandist in question appeared to be living in Austria, where Holocaust revisionism is a crime. "We are rightly interested in finding out who are the persons that are renting the domain name ostara.org," an August 22 fax from the Austrian federal police said. Cottrell's reply: that he would only open his books with a U.S. court order - and even then, he keeps no records to turn over. "I imagine they weren't pleased with my response," he says.
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U.S. blunders with keyword blacklist
Source: ZDNet Date Written: May 3, 2004
The United States International Broadcasting Bureau (IBB) provides a web service to let citizens of such countries as China and Iran bypass their country's Internet censorship. However, an independent report from the OpenNet Initiative finds that the IBB system maintains its own system of censorship largely aimed at pornography. While the IBB does not want to use taxpayer money to provide a pornography portal for other countries, blacklisted words can block sites that may be useful to people trying to evade their countries censors, such as 'ass' which blocks usembassy.state.gov, or 'gay' which blocks sites dealing with gay and lesbian issues--potentially useful in countries like Iran where homosexuality can mean the death penalty. IBB says the blacklist was created by the contractor Anonymizer, an anonymous web portal. The report also criticizes the IBB and Anonymizer for lacking SSL (Secure Sockets Layer) encryption to better protect web surfers.