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Hillary’s in the hot seat, but Malcolm’s sitting pretty

The American media and public are outraged by Hillary Clinton’s decision to use her personal email while she was secretary of state. But when it was revealed our pollies use encrypted messaging, all we got was a collective shrug, writes Crikey intern Brihony Tulloch.

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Abbott’s nonsense on encryption

Crikey readers discuss the death of the Right and encryption.

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How to get around Brandis’ data retention plans

Crikey readers discuss Queensland geography and encryption.

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Officials admit: we can’t justify data retention

Inquiries into data retention show that there is no evidence it will do what the government claims it will do.

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Facts go missing in the post-Hebdo rush to justify surveillance

Politicians have rushed to use recent tragedies to justify mass surveillance — and even the complete banning of encryption.

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Alan Rusbridger on journalism in the ‘Golden Age of Surveillance’

It’s hard to be at the forefront of the encryption arms race when you’re still carrying a tracking signal in your pocket, writes Margot Saville.

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Keane: will Brandis and Turnbull go after encryption next?

The growing use of encryption and anonymisation tools by companies and consumers is infuriating security agencies and the copyright industry. When will they move against them?

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Media Direct: towards better security for whistleblowers

How can whistleblowers and journalists protect themselves from casual snooping by security agencies? A new secure whistleblowing site offers some answers to the challenge of providing better security for media sources.

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AGD returns to data retention, wants Twitter, Facebook interception powers

The Attorney-General’s Department, chastened by its previous experience, wants to consult again on data retention — but also has Twitter and Facebook in its sights.

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Crikey Clarifier: how the FBI hacked users of Tor, the ‘secret internet’

If Tor keeps users of the “secret internet” hidden, how could the FBI have tracked them down? Yes, it is difficult, but anyone who is going up against world governments should be prepared to lose. Our resident techhead explains.

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Time for Tor at Thatcher’s funeral

Margaret Thatcher’s state funeral is attracting its share of protesters, most of whom are blithely posting their plans on social media. But the smart ones will turn to encrypted communication.

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Assembling the building blocks of global net regulation

It’s become clear that the Australian government is working to launch an international attack on online privacy.

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