"China Accuses Hackers for Internet Disruption; Experts Suspect Censors"
January 22, 2014 | Steven Mufson and Jia Lynn Yang, The Washington Post

A mysterious glitch in China led to one of the biggest-ever Internet blackouts on Tuesday, forcing massive volumes of Chinese Web traffic to U.S. servers belonging to a firm with a long history of protesting the government in Beijing and evading its censors.

You use a social network—at least one, maybe a few. Everyone does. You probably know all about your preferred network’s privacy settings, enough to make sure that the whole world doesn’t know your business. But if you’re paranoid—aren’t we all?—you can find ways to lock down your privacy that go above and beyond even two-factor authentication.

"Eagle Scout. Idealist. Drug Trafficker?"
January 18, 2014 | David Segal, The New York Times

Ross Ulbricht’s last moments as a free man were noisy enough to draw a crowd. Employees at the Glen Park branch of the San Francisco library heard a crashing sound and rushed to the science fiction section, expecting to find a patron had hit the floor. Instead, they found a handful of federal agents surrounding a slender 29-year-old man with light brown hair and wearing a T-shirt and jeans.

"Is the Digital Currency Bitcoin Going Mainstream?"
December 4, 2013 | Warren Olney, KCRW

Bitcoins are now worth a total of $1 billion, not bad for a virtual currency that's four years old and not backed by a central bank. Bitcoins are a way to make payments on the Internet — without any fees. They're also a way to lose money fast. We hear more about digital technology and the future of money.

"Editor Describes Pressure After Leaks by Snowden"
December 3, 2013 | Ravi Somaiya, New York Times

The top editor of the British newspaper The Guardian told Parliament on Tuesday that since it obtained documents on government surveillance from a former National Security Agency contractor, Edward J. Snowden, it has met with government agencies in Britain and the United States more than 100 times and has been subjected to measures “designed to intimidate.”

"Nicholas Weaver's Favorite Techdirt Posts of the Week"
November 16, 2013 | Nicholas Weaver, Techdirt

OK, so who is this crazy paranoid ivory tower dweller who said "Yo" when asked if he'd do the "Favorite Posts of the Week," and who is prefacing this with the standard academic disclaimer of "all opinions are my own, not those of my employers or funders"?

"Our Government Has Weaponized the Internet. Here’s How They Did It"
November 13, 2013 | Nicholas Weaver,

The internet backbone — the infrastructure of networks upon which internet traffic travels — went from being a passive infrastructure for communication to an active weapon for attacks. According to revelations about the QUANTUM program, the NSA can “shoot” (their words) an exploit at any target it desires as his or her traffic passes across the backbone.

"Mr. Bitcoin Goes to Washington"
November 12, 2013 | Jamila Trindle, Foreign Policy

Bitcoin is going to have to grow up fast. The digital currency's skyrocketing value and habit of winding up in criminals' hands are attracting the attention of Congress and D.C. regulators. And that's forcing supporters of the four-year-old Bitcoin to suddenly start acting like an old-school financial firm in Washington. They're ramping up lobbying efforts to shape regulations that are likely to come, prepping for Senate testimony, and even forming their own trade association.

"Scan and Diagnose Internet Issues on Android With Netalyzr by ICSI"
November 6, 2013 | Waqas Ahmed,

There’s no secret that most of us have to deal with various internet and network-related issues every now and then, and they can be a huge hassle at times, especially if your entire organization depends on it. Usually, we blame our ISP during outages or interruption in service, but there can be several other reasons why you might be getting slower than usual internet speeds. In any case, pinpointing the problem can be quite tedious, and that’s what services like Netalyzr aim to help you with as quickly as possible.

The next time your mobile phone prompts you to turn on its ‘location services’ function; you may want to think twice about whether or not you click that ‘on’ button.