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The anonymity argument: Debunking the real name fallacy

Originally published on Session. When the internet began, anonymity (or really, pseudonymity) was built into the experience. For the first time in history, we had mass-scale pseudonymous connection and communication. People were posting on bulletin boards, messaging on mailing lists, and working every day with people that they didn’t really know. It didn’t take long for questions …

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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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