Build Tor from source? There's a new release candidate available. Tor 0.4.1.4-rc fixes a few bugs from previous versions of Tor and updates to a new list of fallback directories. Full changelog:
Earlier this month, we met in Stockholm to reflect, address challenges and successes, plan the next six months, and have important in-person conversations that are only possible when all teams are in the same location.
Find out how it went: https://blog.torproject.org/reflections-our-stockholm-all-hands
"U.S. attorney general William Barr has said consumers should accept the risks that encryption backdoors pose to their personal cybersecurity to ensure law enforcement can access encrypted communications." 🙄 https://techcrunch.com/2019/07/23/william-barr-consumers-security-risks-backdoors/
Oakland has become the 3rd US city to ban facial recognition technology. 👏
"There is no amount of regulation, transparency, or oversight that will fix the dangers inherent in widespread face surveillance. Only a full ban — a federal ban, covering the use of facial recognition by government agencies, in public places, and in public contracts with private entities — can prevent our nightmares from becoming reality." https://www.buzzfeednews.com/article/evangreer/dont-regulate-facial-recognition-ban-it
"Our government’s shameful practice of using surveillance as a weapon against racial justice activism was wrong in the past, and has no place in our present." https://www.aclu.org/issues/racial-justice/protectblackdissent-campaign-end-surveillance-black-activists
Location data is protected by US federal law, but AT&T has sold it anyway. Without consent. Now @eff is suing. https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43j99g/eff-hits-atandt-with-class-action-lawsuit-for-selling-customers-location-to-bounty-hunters
🔔 Time to update: There's a new version of Tor Browser.
Tor Browser 8.5.4 updates Firefox to 60.8.0esr with important security fixes, ships Tor 0.4.0.5, and updates OpenSSL to 1.0.2s for the desktop platforms.
We've launched a giving program for monthly donors who help us make privacy a priority.
If you pledge a modest amount each month, we will send you exclusive gifts to show our appreciation.
Become a Defender of Privacy today: https://donate.torproject.org/monthly-giving
Get a browser that will protect your privacy. Tor "is the best way to protect your identity online." https://www.wired.co.uk/article/best-privacy-browsers-and-chrome-alternatives #surveillance #privacy
🚨 Foreigners crossing certain Chinese borders are being forced to install malware on their Android phones.
"The malware downloads a tourist’s text messages, calendar entries, and phone logs, as well as scans the device for over 70,000 different files." https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/7xgame/at-chinese-border-tourists-forced-to-install-a-text-stealing-piece-of-malware
"For Amazon, fear is good for business." https://www.vice.com/en_us/article/43jmnq/how-amazon-and-the-cops-set-up-elaborate-sting-operation-that-accomplished-nothing
Through Sunday, you can get our black roots t-shirt, usually reserved for contributors, for a donation of $49. We have S-2XL available in both classic and fitted sizes. Write '49' into the other box on the donate page, and we'll reach out to confirm: https://donate.torproject.org
Confidential mode? Hrm.
"Much like how Google Chrome's Incognito mode doesn't totally prevent third-parties from seeing the websites you visit, Confidential mode doesn't keep the content of your emails from Google itself." https://www.mic.com/p/gmails-confidential-mode-isnt-as-private-as-it-seems-according-to-experts-18136277
This week only, you can get our black and green roots t-shirt for a donation of $47. This design is usually reserved for Tor contributors but can be yours. Just write '47' into the other box on the donate page, and we'll contact you about sizing. https://donate.torproject.org
Should you let Amazon and Walmart see inside your house? No.
Time to update: There's a new version of Tor Browser available.
Tor Browser 8.5.2 fixes a critical security issue in Firefox and updates NoScript to 10.6.3. Full changelog: https://blog.torproject.org/new-release-tor-browser-852
Our users rely on bridges if their ISPs or governments block access to the Tor network. The difficulty lies in handing out bridges to censored users but not to censors. We tackle this problem with the tool BridgeDB.
Version 0.7.1 is out now: https://blog.torproject.org/new-release-bridgedb-071 #censorship #surveillance
A Duke study recorded thousands of students’ faces, and the researchers published the data set on a public site. "The data has been linked to the Chinese government’s surveillance of ethnic minorities." https://www.dukechronicle.com/article/2019/06/duke-university-facial-recognition-data-set-study-surveillance-video-students-china-uyghur
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