Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground.

BY EDWARD SNOWDEN
THE GUARDIAN

In every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, the dams closed, and transportation running. For more than half a decade, the vulnerability of our computers and computer networks has been ranked the number one risk in the US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment – that’s higher than terrorism, higher than war. Your bank balance, the local hospital’s equipment, and the 2020 US presidential election, among many, many other things, all depend on computer safety.

And yet, in the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine encryption, our public infrastructure and private lives will be rendered permanently unsafe.

This Man Launched a New Internet Service Provider from His Garage

BY FREETHINK / YOUTUBE
Many people complain about their internet service, but Brandt Kuykendall did something about it. A resident of the small town of Dillon Beach, CA, he found the service to his town was too slow and expensive – so he started a DIY ISP in his garage. It took Brandt months chasing down companies to get access to internet infrastructure, but once he started Dillon Beach Internet his neighbors were clamoring for access to his faster, cheaper, and better-serviced network.

Introducing the Dweb

BY DIETRICH AYALA
MOZILLA HACKS
The web is the most successful programming platform in history, resulting in the largest open and accessible collection of human knowledge ever created. So yeah, it’s pretty great. But there are a set of common problems that the web is not able to address.

Cybersecurity 101: How to browse the web securely and privately

BY ZACK WHITTAKER
TECH CRUNCH
So you want to browse the web securely and privately? Here’s a hard truth: it’s almost impossible.
It’s not just your internet provider that knows which sites you visit, it’s also the government — and other governments! And when it’s not them, it’s social media sites, ad networks or apps tracking you across the web to serve you specific and targeted ads. Your web browsing history can be highly personal. It can reveal your health concerns, your political beliefs and even your porn habits — you name it. Why should anyone other than you know those things?
Any time you visit a website, you leave a trail of data behind you. You can’t stop it all — that’s just how the internet works. But there are plenty of things that you can do to reduce your footprint.
Here are a few tips to cover most of your bases.

Do You Trust Your VPN? Are You Sure?

BY WILL OREMUS
SLATE
The advice is everywhere, from Consumer Reports to the New York Times to the Federal Trade Commission: If you care to keep your web browsing private and secure, you should consider a virtual private network, or VPN.

Blockstack: A New Internet That Brings Privacy & Property Rights to Cyberspace

BY MARICEL CUSTODIO
BLOCK TRIBUNE
Blockstack has been building a new Internet for decentralized apps that users access through the Blockstack Browser. The company uses the lower layers of the traditional Internet and focuses on decentralizing the application layer. It provides key tools and infrastructure to developers enabling decentralized storage and decentralized authentication & identity.

Motherboard & VICE Are Building a Community Internet Network

BY JASON KOEBLER
MOTHERBOARD

The net neutrality battle has been exhausting; it has come at enormous cost in time, energy, attention, and money.

Fundamentally, the net neutrality fight is one where the best possible outcome is preserving the status quo: an internet landscape and connection infrastructure that is dominated by big telecom monopolies. Simply put, the internet is too important to rely on politicians and massive corporations to protect it.

In order to preserve net neutrality and the free and open internet, we must end our reliance on monopolistic corporations and build something fundamentally different: internet infrastructure that is locally owned and operated and is dedicated to serving the people who connect to it.

Edward Snowden’s App Turns a Smartphone into Security Equipment

BY SHELBY ROGERS
INTERESTING ENGINEERING

In today’s world, digital security can be just as important as physical security to those who find themselves constantly online. And in other parts of the world, “rogue” internet users like political activists, journalists, or even members of the average public risk their security each time they log onto the internet. However, one of the world’s most notorious informants Edward Snowden developed an app to improve security for the average person.

Tor Project, a Digital Privacy Group, Reboots With New Board

BY NICHOLE PERLROTH
NEW YORK TIMES
The Tor Project, a nonprofit digital privacy group, on Wednesday replaced its board with a new slate of directors as part of a larger shake-up after allegations of sexual misconduct by a prominent employee. The Tor Project promotes the use of software that helps internet users mask their online identities and whereabouts; the software was developed by the United States Naval Research Laboratory nearly 20 years ago. The group has become better known in the last few years, as Tor is regarded as a useful tool to evade online tracking and government surveillance. But the Tor Project has been plagued by controversy, most recently involving allegations of sexual misconduct by Jacob Appelbaum, the 33-year-old public face of Tor, who was asked to step down from the group in May. Last December, the Tor Project appointed a new executive director, Shari Steele, partly to help restructure the group.

ZeroNet: A revolutionary new decentralised p2p internet for a post-Edward Snowden world

BY MARY-ANN RUSSON
INTERNATIONAL BUSINESS TIMES

When Tim Berners-Lee invented the world wide web in 1989, he envisioned a free and open internet whereby people could share information and learn about anything they liked, without exception, from an independent, non-proprietary resource that was open to anyone in the world. And while the internet has proved to be an amazing gift to mankind, it is sadly rife with problems, and now Berners-Lee is fighting for the right for people to use the internet without having their browsing activities spied on by internet providers or governments, without having to worry about censorship, and without being subjected to the whims of search engines and social networks that hold monopolies on the internet. But what if we could reimagine the internet and start again from the beginning? This is what Hungarian developer Tamas Kocsis, 32, has been trying to achieve with ZeroNet, a new internet-like network that is completely decentralised and hosted entirely on users’ computers, so that the power of privacy and freedom of information is returned to consumers of the service. “The internet is getting more and more centralised, which allows easier surveillance and censorship.