‘The Day We Fight Back’: How to Lock Down Your Data Online

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Edward Snowden showed us that the Web is a much-watched place. Some tools can help ordinary users safeguard their data. continue…

Internet Defense League Pounces On ACTA, CISPA

Internet Defense League
A huge buzz circulated on the Internet this year over bills like SOPA/PIPA, ACTA and CISPA. The online community was clearly on the verge of receiving blows that could have killed it. Fortunately, as the world’s attention  focused on Facebook’s IPO and other breaking news, a non-profit group called Fight for the Future had an idea to create the Internet Defense League. Any website, blog or even YouTube channel can join to fight against anti-piracy laws. A list of big websites have already joined: Reddit, Mozilla,… continue…

CISPA, Your Privacy and Why You Should Care

Big Brother is Watching You
SOPA, PIPA and ACTA are gone. Say Hello to CISPA. CISPA — the Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act — passed the House of Representatives last week by a vote of 248 to 168. The Senate is now considering the measure. If it passes, it’s not clear it will become law, since President Obama has threatened to veto it. Where SOPA was created to combat piracy, CISPA is intended improve information sharing in order to guard against “cyber threats.” It’s… continue…

Wikipedia Boycotts Godaddy Over SOPA

Godaddy blocked
Wikipedia recently transferred all their sites from GoDaddy due to ongoing contention over the Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA). Last December, GoDaddy couldn’t seem to make up its mind regarding the SOPA bill. At first, the company supported the SOPA bill and users began to drop GoDaddy as a web hosting company. GoDaddy support contacted many of these users in hopes to change their mind and accept discounts and apologies. This only went so far and GoDaddy announced that they dropped support… continue…

VEVO Streams NFL Game Illegally

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VEVO, a music video company started as a joint venture by Sony Music Entertainment, Universal Music Group, and Abu Dhabi Media, was caught red-handed for streaming an NFL game illegally on TVs in its VEVO PowerStation event. TechCrunch’s Jason Kincaid, who was present in the event, recorded the ‘crime,’ as the RIAA loves to put it. It turns out that VEVO was streaming the game from, which appears to be a foreign streaming website, the kind that SOPA and PIPA, overreaching anti-piracy acts that could… continue…

File-Sharing Sites More Skittish About Piracy

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The file-sharing world has grown skittish since Megaupload was closed by the FBI and its founder, Kim Dotcom, was arrested in New Zealand. Mediafire, for instance, used the voice of CEO Derek Labian to announce the site can’t be seized because its business is legitimate–not based on piracy. We don’t have a business built on copyright infringement. Like many other cloud-based sharing services like and Dropbox, we’re a legitimate business targeting professionals. Megaupload was making a ridiculous amount of money… continue…

Anonymous Possibly Tricked Users

Internet users might have been tricked into participating in a series of web-based attacks on United States government sites that took place recently. Anonymous, a group of Internet activists that are known for stepping outside the bounds of the law in some of their protests launched a series of distributed denial of service (DDOS) attacks on US Government sites on or about Thursday January 20th (depending on where in the world you live). They have done this sort of thing… continue…

Megaupload Shut Down In Stunning Display of Bad Timing

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Dumping Beer
UPDATED: Megaupload, one of the most popular locker sites on the Internet, has been shut down by federal authorities. Seven people involved with the site have been charged with copyright infringement and conspiracy, says the New York Times. Four of them have been arrested. Whether the timing stemmed from coincidence, a desire to get into the tech world’s face or utter tone-deafness, the news came not 24 hours after a global online protest led a number of legislators to rethink… continue…

SOPA, PIPA Support is Crumbling

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Internet protests against proposed anti-piracy legislation in the house and senate have led a number of congresspeople to back away from their previous support of the bills. As the New York Times summed it up: It appeared by Wednesday evening that Congress would follow Bank of America, Netflix and Verizon as the latest institution to change course in the face of a netizen revolt. Indeed, senators are “rushing for the exits,” Ars Technica says, with 18 members–including seven co-sponsors–have joined… continue…

Google, Wikipedia Lead SOPA / PIPA Protests

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Black Box
See updates through the day Thursday here. Google covered it logo with a black box and Wikipedia’s English site went dark for the day as they and other sites protested the proposed Stop Online Piracy Act and PROTECT-IP Act. The anti-piracy bills are being pushed by media companies and just as vehemently opposed by Internet and tech firms. Not everyone in the tech world is on board with the protest, though. Twitter CEO Dick Costolo said the effort is “just… continue…