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The European Commission Wants to Do Away With Geo Blocks

The European Commission is considering a formal competition inquiry into geo-blocking in Europe that would make services like Netflix accessible regardless of country. Margrethe Vestager, European Competition Commissioner, said that it was not acceptable that European customers cannot access the content they are already paying for when they visit other countries. This goes against the Read More

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Popular Tor Router Raided by Local Authorities

According to new reports, authorities have raided another corner of the Tor network. Sometime last week, privacy advocate and node operator Thomas White took to his Twitter account to warn his loyal followers that his exit relay on the anonymizing router network Tor had been infiltrated and taken down by an unknown group of law Read More

Hewlett Foundation Grants $45m to Security Research

The Hewlett Foundation is to pump $45m into cyber security research at three major universities – MIT, Stanford, and UC Buckley. The grant is aimed at establishing new major academic research centers. Hewlett is hoping to create a “marketplace for ideas” by addressing the growing issues surrounding online security globally. Each university is receiving $15m. Read More

EFF Appoints New Executive Director

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), a non-profit for Internet freedom, has named Cindy Cohn as its new executive director who will take up the post in April, leaving her role as legal director. Cohn will replace Shari Steele, who has been with the EFF for over 20 years. Intellectual property director Corynne McSherry will take Read More

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Hungary Pulls Plans for ‘Internet Tax’

Hungary will ditch its plans to introduce an ‘Internet tax’ after thousands took to the streets in protest. The proposal would have seen taxes levied against each gigabyte of data transferred and was fiercely condemned by citizens and opposition parties. The fee would have taxed each gigabyte at 150 forints, or €0.50 or $0.60 and Read More

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