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Alex Linton

On the recent Australian surveillance legislation

Originally published on Session. Regulators are increasingly acting with open hostility towards encryption, security, and privacy. The latest chapter in this sorry story took  place in our own backyard when Australia’s government passed a new bill granting the Australian Federal Police (AFP) and the Australian Criminal Intelligence Commission (ACIC) new surveillance capabilities. Because Session is built in …

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Privacy propaganda: The war on encryption

Originally published on Session. Encryption doesn’t mean encryption. Encryption is a code word that stands for freedom of speech, the free press, and the preservation of the human rights we all hold dear. Encryption is a weapon that’s pointed directly at the biggest, most concentrated powers in the world; encryption makes those in power accountable …

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Ground Safe: Putting secure tech in the hands of democracy’s defenders

Originally published on Session. In 1787, philosopher and politician Edmund Burke rose to his feet in the Palace of Westminster amidst a heated parliamentary debate. Here began the life of the term ‘Fourth Estate’: an attempt to mock the scribes of the press gallery that Burke was squabbling with.  What Burke was really saying was that the …

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