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A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace

by John Perry Barlow <> Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather. We have no elected government, nor are we likely to have one, so I address you with no greater authority than that with which liberty itself always speaks. Governments derive their just powers from the consent of the governed. You have not engaged in our great and gathering conversation, nor did you create the wealth of our marketplaces. You claim there are problems among us that you need to solve. Cyberspace consists of transactions, relationships, and thought itself, arrayed like a standing wave in the web of our communications. We are creating a world that all may enter without privilege or prejudice accorded by race, economic power, military force, or station of birth. Davos, Switzerland Related:  Security

A/I :: Home The Tin Hat | Simple Online Privacy Guides and Tutorials JStylo-Anonymouth - PSAL From PSAL The JStylo and Anonymouth integrated open-source project (JSAN) resides on GitHub. What is JSAN? JSAN is a writing style analysis and anonymization framework. It consists of two parts: JStylo - authorship attribution framework Anonymouth - authorship evasion (anonymization) framework JStylo is used as an underlying feature extraction and authorship attribution engine for Anonymouth, which uses the extracted stylometric features and classification results obtained through JStylo and suggests users changes to anonymize their writing style. Details about JSAN: Use Fewer Instances of the Letter "i": Toward Writing Style Anonymization. Tutorial JSAN tutorial: Presented at 28c3 video Download Downloads: If you use JStylo and/or Anonymouth in your research, please cite: Andrew McDonald, Sadia Afroz, Aylin Caliskan, Ariel Stolerman and Rachel Greenstadt. If you use the corpus in your research, please cite: Michael Brennan and Rachel Greenstadt. Developers

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ProtonMail Is A Swiss Secure Mail Provider That Won’t Give You Up To The NSA In the wake of the Lavabit’s demise and increased interest in secure mail services, Switzerland-based ProtonMail is looking to zap a little life into the old PGP mail server market. Currently crowdfunded far past its goal of $100,000, the service wants to make it cheap and easy to get a secure email account with just enough paranoia built in to keep you safe. I asked one of the creators, co-founder Andy Yen, why we should trust them. “One of our goals is actually to build a system that does not require trusting us,” he said. The service works by encrypting all the messages in the user’s web browser before it even reaches the ProtonMail servers. The co-founders envisioned the service over dinners at CERN’s Restaurant 1 last summer. “The CERN scientific community has always been very attuned to Internet-related issues so when the NSA spying story broke, many of us were outraged that mass surveillance was also so prevalent in the U.S. and Europe,” said Yen.

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