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Wednesday, September 7, 2011


Rolling Stone published an article last year about Jacob ("Jake") Appelbaum, his thoughts about privacy, his participation in Wikileaks and his work on the Tor Project. Internet privacy and anonymity has honestly never been something I've been that concerned about. But as more and more of our business transactions (does anyone have an electric or cable company that doesn't offer--and even recommend--paperless billing?), professional work, and daily lives are handled and stored in digital format, maybe it's something I need to reconsider.

We use our credit cards for purchases on, help Google learn our interests every time we search, and count on terabytes of online storage for photos, documents, and communication. Is there anyone who actually reads through the entire user terms and privacy agreements when they sign up for an email account or other online services? I think we do need to be asking questions like, where exactly is all my information stored, where is it going next, and who has access to it? I certainly won't classify myself as a person of a paranoid nature, but I'm going to say that I don't think it would be a bad idea to look into a program like the Tor Project.

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