BBC launches a Tor hidden service mirror to help people evade their countries' censoring firewalls

If you're in China, Iran or some other country whose national firewall blocks BBC News, you can still access it over the Tor network at bbcnewsv2vjtpsuy.onion, which mirrors the main BBC News site as well as BBC Mundo and BBC Arabic. Read the rest

Trump is inheriting the right to Breitbartize Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty

America's international broadcasters -- Voice of America, Radio Free Europe and Radio Liberty -- have fallen on hard times, failing to keep pace with other nations' superpower foreign broadcasters, like Russia Today and Al Jazeera; a Republican amendment to the National Defense Authorization Act will give the President the power to appoint a chief executive who'll be able to exercise total control over America's broadcasters. Read the rest

NSA net-security sabotage means the end of US Internet "stewardship"

Speaking at a presentation in DC, Bruce Schneier nailed the strategic cost of allowing the NSA to sabotage Internet security through BULLRUN: it has cost the US government all credibility as a contributor to Internet governance. The total depraved indifference to everyday Internet users displayed in the sabotage program means that the era of the US being seen as the best steward for the health and integrity of the net has come to a close. Read the rest