Crypto is For Everyone—and American History Proves It


Over the last year, law enforcement officials around the world have been pressing hard on the notion that without a magical “backdoor” to access the content of any and all encrypted communications by ordinary people, they’ll be totally incapable of fulfilling their duties to investigate crime and protect the public.… »11/01/15 2:30pm11/01/15 2:30pm


Stop the Entertainment Lobby's Dumb Attempt to Cripple Internet Privacy

If you’ve ever registered a domain name, you’ve probably stumbled across WHOIS, a series of databases that contains basic information on whoever registered a particular domain name. While WHOIS makes this information public by default, it’s long been possible to hide behind a proxy — something the entertainment… »6/26/15 2:30am6/26/15 2:30am

Section 215 of the Patriot Act Expires—For Now


Section 215 has expired. At least for now. The law that the NSA used to authorize its collection of vast amounts of information about the telephone calls of ordinary Americans is no more. Even though it’s likely temporary, it’s a good thing and we should pause to celebrate a little. The calls and emails Congress… »6/01/15 6:00am6/01/15 6:00am

Ex Machina's Biggest Villain Hunts You Too

It’s hard to figure out who the villain is in Alex Garland’s sexy robot thriller Ex Machina. That’s what makes the film so, well, thrilling. But as a new featurette called from the studio called “God Complex” makes painfully clear, the real villain is the one you can’t see, the one that’s ever-present, always… »4/28/15 2:53pm4/28/15 2:53pm

What directional shifts will technology take in the next 10 years?

What directional shifts will technology take in the next 10 years? A new report from the nonprofit research center Institute For the Future points to the mushrooming amount of data that comprises “the information economy” — but also emphasizes the growing importance of making sure private data stays private. »4/19/15 2:30pm4/19/15 2:30pm

Jim Rockford Warned Us About Google And Facebook Back In 1978

Why didn't we listen? The fourth season of The Rockford Files, arguably the greatest television show of all time, features a "futuristic" storyline about a terrible threat. What if a private corporation used computers to gather personal information on hundreds of millions of Americans? Could we trust them with that… »1/22/15 9:00pm1/22/15 9:00pm

How to Automatically Back Up and Purge Your Gmail Every 30 Days

If the Sony hack has taught us anything, it's that keeping incriminating emails in your inbox is a terrible idea. Even if you aren't doing anything particularly bad, if someone gets into you email, everything you've ever said could be out in the open. Here's how to make sure that doesn't happen by automatically… »12/19/14 2:04am12/19/14 2:04am

Will Uber's Latest Scandal Finally Make People Worry About Big Data?

For years, people have warned about corporations collecting your personal data. But no matter how much people insist that Google knows too much about you, we're willing to sacrifice privacy for convenience. Could the latest revelations about Uber finally get people angry enough to do something about rampant data… »11/20/14 7:41pm11/20/14 7:41pm

All The Best Dragon Con Cosplayers Fighting For Online Privacy

During this weekend's Dragon Con, we at io9 have been collaborating with the Electronic Frontier Foundation as well as fan communities on Project Secret Identity, a series of photos of cosplayers highlighting the importance of anonymity and privacy online. Now we can admire the costumes of these Internet freedom… »9/01/14 3:00pm9/01/14 3:00pm

​We're All In It Together: Cosplay With EFF Over Labor Day Weekend

Join the Electronic Frontier Foundation, io9, and a coalition of fan groups over Labor Day weekend for Project Secret Identity, a cosplay photo campaign to raise awareness of how online anonymity and privacy are key to free expression. Visit during Dragon Con (Aug. 29 – Sept. 1) to… »8/29/14 9:40am8/29/14 9:40am

​"Happy Foot" And "NoseySmurf" — The NSA's Programs All In One Chart

The Pulitzer Prize-winning news group ProPublica has compiled a list of all NSA programs revealed in the past year and plotted them on a chart based upon whether they are bulk or targeted, foreign or domestic. As is often the case with covert agencies, the codenames achieve the perfect balance of goofy and ominous. »7/01/14 10:30am7/01/14 10:30am

In a bipartisan vote, the House passed legislation that would prohibit the search of government data

In a bipartisan vote, the House passed legislation that would prohibit the search of government databases for information on U.S. citizens without a warrant. It would also cut off funding for the CIA and NSA to build security "backdoors" into domestic tech products or services for surveillance purposes. »6/20/14 11:45am6/20/14 11:45am