Digital freedom

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Survey: Americans distrust contact-tracing apps but are willing to use them...

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Big tech got a thumbs down in ExpressVPN’s last survey about American attitudes towards privacy, and while things have...
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Contactless supermarkets are here. But at what cost?

5 min read
Contactless stores and delivery options have shot into the mainstream thanks to the spread of Covid-19, and it’s very...
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What is cybertorture? How our minds are vulnerable to online experiences

3 min read
What will change if we are forced to move our social circle to virtual lands, browse the web anonymously, and stay permanently at home?...
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Maybe it’s time to dump social media, just for a little bit

2 min read
For a lot of us these days, the internet has become our sole tether to the outside world, connecting us virtually to family and...
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Internet censorship: What is it, and how does it happen?

6 min read
The internet was initially envisioned as a medium for the free flow of information and knowledge—hence its early description as the “information superhighway.” But...
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How to boost Wi-Fi at home for faster internet

3 min read
It will not surprise anyone that internet usage has surged dramatically in the past few weeks, thanks to people isolating and working from home. Streaming...
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The EU wants you to have the ‘right to repair’ your electronic devices

2 min read
If you’re frustrated at not being able to switch batteries in your older generation iPhone, or not being able to update your classic click-wheel...
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Free things you can do online when you’re stuck at home

2 min read
With cafes and restaurants shut, major sports and music events cancelled, and movement outside your home restricted to essential trips to the supermarket, a...
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Why isn’t Big Tech embraced in its own backyard?

5 min read
Silicon Valley and San Francisco’s Bay Area have long been synonymous with Big Tech. It was the center of the dot-com boom of the...
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8 ways to get rid of spam email

4 min read
It’s difficult to define exactly what constitutes email spam. What might be a useful newsletter to one person could be unwanted advertising to another,...
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Students and activists in the U.S. lead the fight against facial recognition

3 min read
Advancements in facial recognition tech have made it possible to identify us even when we’re covering our face, but a new wave of privacy...
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Organizations push Google for tighter control over bloatware

3 min read
Is your Android device glitchy and unresponsive? Part of the problem could be bloatware: pre-bundled apps and software that can’t be deleted, no matter...

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