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Russia Offers 4 Million Rubles to Crack the Tor Network

Written by Kevin Rothrock @kevinrothrock * Global Voices
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News from Russia — that bastion of human rights, privacy, internet freedom, and home of Edward Snowden…

The Russian government is offering almost 4 million rubles (about USD $100,000) to anyone who can devise a reliable way to decrypt data sent over the Tor anonymity network. A mounting campaign by the Kremlin against the open Internet, not to mention revelations in the United States about government spying, have made Tor increasingly attractive to Russian Internet users seeking to circumvent state censorship.

Developed as a project of the U.S. Naval Research Laboratory more than a decade ago, Tor anonymizes Internet traffic by sending it through a unique configuration of nodes known as an onion routing system. Now in the hands of a nonprofit group, the project continues to receive federal funding but boasts approximately 4 million users worldwide, among them many tech-savvy digital activists in countries where technical censorship and surveillance are prevalent. Even the U.S. State Department supports programs that train foreign political activists to use Tor to protect themselves from the watchful eyes of authoritarian governments.

Tor has encountered problems in Russia before. Indeed, the country’s principal security agency, the FSB, lobbied the Duma last year to ban Tor. Deputies expressed support for the initiative, but it never got out of committee.

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How Right Wing Propaganda Harms Everyone

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Today I witnessed one of the most evil and dishonest right wing propaganda efforts I’ve ever seen, and that’s really saying something. The false story spread from Jim Hoft to Drudge Report to Fox News within hours, and now a Texas community has been robbed of a huge economic benefit (estimated at $50 million a year by Hidalgo County Commissioner A.C. Cuellar), and countless children have been abandoned and left without help, because of the sick, twisted right wing crusade against migrant children desperately trying to escape violence and poverty.

You’ll never see a more disgusting example of how right wing propaganda spreads, and harms people and communities.

I almost wish I hadn’t fled screaming from the right years ago, so I could do it again now.

Anatomy of an Evil Smear

The lies of the Greenwald cult, exposed
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Russian Web Journalism Award to be named after Snowden

Malignant narcissistic hypocrisy, thy name is Snowden
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This takes the cake. From the country at the forefront of institutionalized oppression of journalists, featuring a massive surveillance apparatus, comes the Snowden Award for Journalistic Excellence. Not a peep from Snowden about his new host country’s behavior. And no word on when this Russian media outlet plans on an expose on Putin’s marginalization and oppression of his countryman’s journalists and media owners.

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Edward R Murrow and Cronkite’s long dead skeletons are currently spinning themselves into a bone-flinging tizzy.

The Edward Snowden Open Thread

Time delayed on the west coast
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I have to wait until 10 pm to see Edward Snowden’s performance with Brian Williams, but here’s an open thread to discuss…

Tech Note: LGF Now Allows Signing in on Multiple Devices Simultaneously

By popular demand
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Lots of people have asked for this feature, so I’m happy to announce that the LGF Blog Engine now allows signing in from multiple devices simultaneously. Previously, signing in on one device would automatically kick you out if you were signed in on another.

To test, I’m currently logged in on three different computers, two smartphones and a tablet, and everything is working swimmingly. Now that we have a responsive design that adapts to small screen sizes, this feature comes in very handy.

So there you go; it required some fairly complex refactoring of the basic sign-in infrastructure to do it, with a lot of attention paid to security, of course. Enjoy your brand new multi-sign-in capabilities!

Mid-Day Open Thread

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Been running around town a bit today, taking care of some meat world business, so here’s a quick no-frills open thread for the lizard army to bivouac in.

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 Frank says:

It began with lyrics, but even looking at the PMRC fund raising letter in the last paragraph, at the bottom of the page, it starts looking like it's branching into other areas when it says 'We realize that this material's pervaded other aspects of society' and it's like 'What, you gonna fix it all for me?'