Stories about Anonymity

China Slams Messaging App Industry with Real-Name Registration Mandate

Critics believe the new policy is intended to target WeChat. The messaging app's soaring sign-up rates outpaced Sina Weibo in early 2014.

Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles to Crack the Tor Network

Although unlikely, should Russia’s decryption project succeed, it could endanger millions of Internet users whose interest in online anonymity is far from nefarious.

TunnelBear VPN Service Blocked in Venezuela?

On Sunday, March 10, Venezuelan users reported that the VPN service TunnelBear was being blocked. Many reported that its website was inaccessible as well.

Love in the Time of Code Era: A Poem About Secure Communication

"It's been a year you first whispered in my ear that PGP is of no use anymore."

Peru: Congress Passes “Practically Secret” Version of IT Crimes Act

In final deliberations over the controversial IT Crimes Bill, also known as the Beingolea Law, Congress members created and unanimously approved a new version of the bill, leaving no opportunity...

Queer Pakistan is Blocked: Double-Edged Sword of Media Coverage?

A newly launched website to support Pakistan's LGBT youth has been banned by the authorities. Was Queer Pakistan a victim of its own successful publicity?

How the NSA is Tampering with Encrypted Communications (and how to fight back)

New leaks show that the NSA has gone to extraordinary lengths to secretly undermine secure communications infrastructure online. EFF security experts explain what this means for users and what you...

China: Real Name Registration May Threaten Ethnic Minorities

Under China's new real name registration policy, Internet users are being asked to submit personal information such as their home address, national ID number, and a photograph, in order to...

Japan: The Police Don't Want You to Use Tor [UPDATE]

According to an April 18 news report, Japan's National Police Agency may soon urge Internet Service Providers to 'voluntarily' block the use of Tor, the anonymous online communication system. The...

#FreeRod: Chilean Twitter User Faces Trial for Parody

Chilean billionaire Andrónico Luksic has accused Twitter user Rodrigo Ferrari of “usurpation of identity” for running an account that mocked Luksic. If Ferrari is found guilty, the case could set...

Imgur.com blocked in Azerbaijan?

Popular image-sharing site Imgur.com appears to be blocked in Azerbaijan. There is little evidence that Imgur is popular in Azerbaijan. But a few weeks ago, when hacker group Anonymous released...

Chinese Hackers Spy on Journalists to Track Sources

In January, the New York Times reported that its computers had been under constant attack by Chinese hackers over the past four months. Shortly thereafter, the Wall Street Journal and...

Video Advocacy Races Forward: 2012’s Dangers & 2013’s Solutions

Video is increasingly at the nexus of opportunity and danger for human rights activists. Video helps activists to document, confront, circumvent, and lobby against oppressive authorities—but it also allows those...

#DELETECONTROL/: Campaign Against Digital Repression

The Humanist Institute for Cooperation, Hivos, in partnership with Global Voices Advocacy, Witness, Mideast Youth and Tactical Technology Collective, are launching #DELETECONTROL/, a campaign to help threatened netizens fight against...

South Korea: Perspectives on Chinese New Net Control Laws

On December 28, 2012, the Chinese government approved a set of new net control laws that would make it compulsory for internet intermediaries to enforce users' real name registration. In...

10 New Year's Resolutions to Browse the Internet Safely in 2013

As 2012 draws to a close, dear reader, here at team Advox, we've decided to suggest 10 resolutions for 2013, presented in the form of a review of the tools...

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