In our day to day lives it is very hard for most of us to function properly within our respective societies without giving up some degree of privacy. Bank accounts are a prime example, with proof of identity and proof of address needed. Now, in the UK, you have to be 'interviewed' by the bank manager to prove that you are a legitimate customer. Thi...
New decentralized, privacy driven messaging service and a whole lot more.......In the final installment of our quick look at available encrypted messaging service, we turn to Status.....never heard of them, well, don't worry....we have a feeling that you will.They have set themselves some fairly lofty ideals in their pursuit of privacy, let's let t...
The district court in Munich has ruled that Facebook is using patented technologies that are the property of Blackberry (RIM). Although these are not hugely significant technologically in the application of their apps, it does affect everything Facebook has on the market in Germany.Millions of Germans use Instagram, WhatsApp and Facebook every day ...
​As close to 100 Anti-Government Protesters take shelter within the grounds of Hong Kong Polytechnic University in a cat and mouse style tactic, police play a sick "Waiting Game" In an attempt to almost starve out student protesters from campus grounds as the stand-off reaches almost a week in length and shows no signs of abating.The Polytechnic Un...
​The internet is one scary place. Most people wouldn't know that as they go to their favourite website that they have no idea what else is connecting to their device. I have a crazy example: my Samsung Note 10 had most of the requested connections coming all day from Samsung.com.cn and from Baidu.com. I've never been to mainland Chin...
Welcome to Part Three of this three-part series on privacy coins. Here, I will make the concluding remarks of this series, proclaim my loyalties based on the analysis of Part Two, and plant my flag. This section gives some of my clear opinions on privacy coins, and analyzes my favorite privacy coin, Particl. Overall AnalysisIn my opinion, the most ...
Welcome to Part Two of this three-part series on privacy coins. Part One gave us the background for why privacy coins exist and how they work to introduce fungibility to the payment network through various privacy protocols. Part Two deals with how to evaluate the strengths and weaknesses of a privacy coin, relative to others and according to your ...
New Art of Trackers in the wild - via CNAME-Cloaking The fight against privacy goes into the next round.  We have just found the following information regarding a new development in tracker detection that ties in really well with our current releases of the Privacy Cookbook.A new webext API `dns` is available on Firefox 60+ only.The ...
In our third edition of 21 Questions By Decentralize Today, ​we feature Alex Gladstein, Chief Strategy Officer of Human Rights Foundation. Alex is an active voice in promoting sovereignty, privacy, and a champion in the fight against tyrannical organizations and governments. He burst into the Bitcoin scene with his thought-provoking article publish...
​​Do you remember the days when we used courier pigeons? Whilst there probably were a few instances of a bird being intercepted, it was generally a pretty safe way of sending messages. Then along came the Postal Service and it couldbe readily assumed that the majority of our mail arrived at its destination without having been opened and read by som...
Bad actors at play!When I was a child, I was an avid viewer of The Lone Ranger which was a long running series about the Wild West. There would invariably be a Native American telling myself and my entranced siblings that “white man speaks with forked tongue”. Since those days of black and white TV nothing much has changed in this respect, especial...
If you're looking for a quick and easy way to assess what the best privacy coin in the current space is, which has the best features, or which is most likely to give high returns, then this is not that guide. My goal is to give you the power to make your own decisions, to clearly state my biases, and educate. I really wanted to understand this nich...
​Cloudflare has spent the last 10 years building itself into one of the world's largest cloud service providers, however, after recent revelations regarding their network being 'hijacked' by paedophiles, terrorists and drug runners as well as the continuing concerns about the way they manage data and connectivity have taken the shine off their rece...
Most things in life start with good intentions, Some would say the road to hell is paved with them!From the “Splitting of the Atom” on December 17th 1938 to the invention of the “Magnavox” in 1915, one only needs look to the past for the confirmation that all things even seamlessly harmless inventions like the printing Press to the convincingl...
This week, we are launching our revamped site which we believe is more user friendly and which we know is even more privacy friendly than ever before. A lot of our design changes are at the backend but the net impact is to ensure that we get our articles and features out to you in a more timely and digestible fashion.We have also upgraded our conte...
Crypto's best secrets kept?Whilst some may consider Bitcoin a haven for criminals and for those who are generally up to no good, the advent of privacy coins has raised the hackles of many observers and people critical of cryptocurrencies. But hey, what's wrong with wanting to protect your data and maintain your anonymity online? It doesn't mean tha...
Another vibrant Hackers Congress in the cryptoanarchist hub of Paralelni Polis in Prague, advocating for personal liberty, innovative thinking and social development.The sixth annual Hackers Congress was held in Prague over the weekend of 4th-6th October, bringing together crypto-anarchists, activists and innovators from around the world. The event...
Op-Ed: The case for the defense​ The all-mighty premiseI think by now we have all seen the headlines which suggest that cryptocurrencies are used by criminals to hide their activities. The naive implication then being that all cryptos are bad and should be banned. Needless to say, this is the line trotted out on a regular basis by a mixed cast of s...
It makes sense if we talk about Robocop... Specifically the 1987 original film where the director Paul Verhoeven lays out his dystopian vision of the future of Detroit. In that future a corporation, Omniconsumer products (OCP) has essentially taken over the city of Detroit. They've bought out the police force and own pretty much all emplo...
The case for a privacy driven 'twitter'....There is no doubt that Twitter is a great place for finding and following news, information, trolls and agenda pushing platforms. Some even run entire countries on it (or think they do, hahaha) :) However, Twitter has been caught out supposedly 'accidentally' collecting data and sharing user data with unid...