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Submission + - Bruce Schneier: IT for Oppression ( 2

jrepin writes: Whether it's Syria using Facebook to help identify and arrest dissidents or China using its "Great Firewall" to limit access to international news throughout the country, repressive regimes all over the world are using the Internet to more efficiently implement surveillance, censorship, propaganda, and control. They're getting really good at it, and the IT industry is helping. We're helping by creating business applications — categories of applications, really — that are being repurposed by oppressive governments for their own use.
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Bruce Schneier: IT for Oppression

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  • ...a bing bunch of wires all connected together

    not surprising that it gets used for an application that would otherwise require a bunch of wires all connected together

  • The clueless masses uses the default settings and the default installed software. Several things can be improved right now,

    • Does Linux and BSD distros come with TorBrowser installed by default...
    • Does the Free browsers use DuckDuckGo or by default...
    • Does the Free browsers have HTTPS-Everywhere by default...

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