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It’s no secret that everybody’s thinking about privacy and cyber security more since the world was pummeled with the unsettling, spy-novel truths of the Snowden revelations. Now, companies are starting to seize onto the zeitgeist by building more secure tools for the internet. And it sounds like Tor will be at the front of that line.

The Tor anonymity network is in talks with “several major tech companies” about integrating its technology into their software, according to the Daily Dot. One of those companies, the Daily Dot’s Patrick Howell O’Neill, is Firefox, and that integration might come in the form of a Tor button that would enable anonymous browsing for hundreds of millions of people. Again, it’s unclear if this major tech company is indeed Firefox, but Tor executive director Andrew Lewman offered some hints.

“They very much like Tor Browser and would like to ship it to their customer base,” said Lewman. “Their product is 10-20 percent of the global market, this is of roughly 2.8 billion global Internet users.” Lewman added, “[The tech companies are] willing to entertain offering their resources to help us solve the scalability challenges of handling hundreds of millions of users and relays on Tor.”

This sounds like a great idea! Indeed, Firefox does have between 10 and 20 percent of the global browser market, and Mozilla, the nonprofit that builds the open source browser, is certainly interested in issues like privacy and security. Last year, Mozilla launched Lightbeam as an add-on that helps users visualize who’s collecting data from them. A similar add-on that offers increased privacy or even total anonymity makes perfect sense. The Daily Dot calls it an “easy Tor button.” We call it genius.

But even if it’s not Firefox, it would be a smart move for any browser to take advantage of Tor’s anonymity network. Easy integration into a popular browser would not only offer better privacy for millions; it would also encourage more people to think about cyber security. We already saw this earlier this year, when Apple announced that it would integrate DuckDuckGo, the anonymous search engine, into Safari for iOS 8. This is in addition to new, improved encryption in iOS 8.

If anything, turning Tor into a mainstream resource means that everybody enjoys better security. The Tor network works like a daisy chain that puts distance between the user and their destination, so that hackers or spies can’t trace who’s doing what on the internet. The longer that daisy chain gets, the harder it is to identify the person on the other end. Although as we learned a few months ago, it’s not impossible to identify Tor users. Still, it’s much harder.

So regardless of who’s doing it, you should be excited by the idea of more Tor integration. It’s a boon for your privacy and good for cyber security. And hopefully, it’s just around the corner. [Daily Dot]

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Publication Date : 26-09-2014

What was set up to protect the press and its freedom appears to be poised to destroy both.

Recent newspaper reports have alerted us about certain changes that the Press Council is proposing to bring in its own law that we consider to be dangerously anti-free press and fundamentally contradictory to the very purpose for which the Council was set up.

Article 39 of our Constitution guarantees freedom of the press with reasonable restrictions.

Basing on that the Press Council Act was promulgated in 1974. It’s very first objective says, The Council shall preserve the freedom of the press and improve the standards of newspapers and news agencies in Bangladesh.

Objective 2(a) says, Help newspapers and news agencies to maintain their freedom, objective 2(e) says, To keep under review any development likely to restrict the supply and dissemination of information of public interest and importance.

As to its powers, it was given the right to warn, admonish and censure.

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The pieces are falling into place for the next phase of Liberty Puzzles’ business.

The Boulder-based maker of wooden jigsaw puzzles is weeks away from opening a retail store on the Pearl Street Mall.

The shop, which would be the first brick-and-mortar locale in the company’s 9-year history, could lay the foundation for the operation to shift away from a wholesale-focused business model, owner Chris Wirth said.

Liberty Puzzles is setting up shop at 1468 Pearl St., a 685-square-foot space that most recently served as a retail front for Kid Robot, a maker of pop art and street art toys and collectibles.

“It made sense for us to plant the flag on the historic bricks of the Pearl Street Mall and see if that model works for us,” Wirth said.

Mike Snow cleans a puzzle before sending it to quality control on Tuesday at Liberty Puzzles on 49th Street in Boulder. For more photos and a video about the company, visit (Jeremy Papasso / Daily Camera)

Liberty Puzzles now sells about “several dozen thousand” puzzles a year through its website and via the wholesale route to about a 100 small stores across America.

The puzzles are made by machine and a 30-person workforce in an east Boulder facility that in recent years has turned into a bit of a tourist draw, Wirth said. About two years back, Liberty Puzzles opened a showroom at its 2526 49th St. headquarters and made an open offer for drop-in tours.

Visitors pop in Liberty Puzzles on a daily basis, he said. During the peak summer tourist season, Wirth’s business has hosted more than 10 groups in a single day.

“We’ve sort of been overwhelmed,” he said.

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Requiring prior approval to film or take photographs in Helmettas public buildings is a violation of the right of free speech, according to an official with the New Jersey chapter of the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU-NJ).

Edward Barocas, legal director of the ACLU-NJ, said an ordinance introduced by the Borough Council would curtail civil liberties and open the borough to legal challenges.

The proposal is far too broad and creates a prior restraint, Barocas said. Ultimately, it creates an improper limitation on the right to free speech and especially on the freedom of the press.

The idea of requiring preapproval is looked at constitutionally with a very suspect eye. It gives discretionary authority to government officials, and it does not allow for the spontaneous collection or dissemination of information, which is often what the case will be.

Helmetta Borough Attorney David Clark said the ordinance introduced at the Aug. 27 council meeting is not a general ban, but would establish a process to obtain a permit prior to filming or taking photographs within a public building.

According to Clark, the measure is necessary to ensure the filming is done in a way that would not interfere with the daily operations of public facilities.

The proposed ordinance is a response to repeated attempts by activists to film conditions at the Helmetta Regional Animal Shelter (HRAS), which borough officials say disrupted business.

The shelter has been the target of criticism over alleged deficiencies in conditions, but the Middlesex County Board of Health has stated that any infractions at HRAS are minimal and do not pose a threat to the animals.

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WE were the only ones there at peak season, Shivaji Das observes of his trip to the Kelimutu coloured lakes in Flores, listed on Wikipedia as the islands most famous tourist attraction. Thats what makes these islands a bit special, he says.

Das was at Universiti Malaya last month to give a talk on his newly launched travel ebook, Journeys With The Caterpillar, that charts his adventures in the Eastern Indonesian islands of Sumba and Flores with his then partner, now wife, Lobo (real name Yolanda Yu).

These relatively unknown islands seem to be a curious choice for two lovebirds, but Das lists their other options as Nepal and Syria, proving that these two choose the road less travelled by (and also less air-conditioned) whatever the circumstances. As it were, he says, Indonesia was the cheapest option with the best weather.

Its very different from Bali, he tells an audience of students and academics who will probably venture no further than that glossy destination when it comes to Indonesian islands. Its still very raw.

Sumba, Das informs us, is known as the Texas of Indonesia. Its very dry and you have a lot of flatlands and small hills. And of course horses. About a hundred years ago, the Sumba used to export horses. They still do, though not to the extent it once was and horses still play a major role in their culture, especially in annual festivals like Pasola, where horseback riders throw spears at each other.

Flores on the other hand, is wet and mountainous and has many volcanoes. These volcanoes, Kelimutu specifically, are the cradles for the lakes that change colour according to the oxidation state of the lakes. But more captivating than their landscapes is their culture.

PINK BUFFALOES AND MONOLITHS In his three-week travel, Das managed to cover a lot of ground and also discover much about the daily lives and festivities of the people of Sumba and Flores.

In Flores they say they dont have a face, Das says as the projector reveals a slide populated with faces that seemed to look like they are from South America and Africa. If you look at their faces, theyre all very different. From a Creole face to sharper features to more Javanese features.

These variations can be attributed to the rich colonial history of Flores, waves of colonisation as Das calls it, from neighbouring islands of Sumbawa and Sulawesi, and the Portuguese, then the Dutch.

On Sumba and Flores, a lot of importance is placed on ancestor worship, although most of Flores is nominally Roman Catholic. It is especially strong in Sumba, where the practice is called Marupu. In recent years, there has been a new surge of pride in their culture.

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The Madison-based Freedom From Religion Foundation is sponsoring a commercial featuring Ron Reagan on Comedy Central Thursday night, where he concludes with: “Ron Reagan. Lifelong atheist. Not afraid of burning in hell.”

The son of President Ronald Reagan has long been an outspoken atheist and is an honorary officer of FFRF.

The ad will air during The Daily Show, which begins at 10 p.m., and again during the Colbert Report, which airs at 10:30 p.m. It will also appear during the reruns two hours later, for a total of four showings.

Annie Laurie Gaylor, co-president of FFRF, said that Reagan “had done an ad for us for Air America Radio when that was on. I had in mind we could recreate this as a visual for several years and we finally made it happen.”

You can watch the ad here.

While airing the ads during two of Comedy Central’s most popular shows was quite costly compared to other times, Gaylor said the audience is the right fit for the message.

“Both shows are highly irreverent, and yet are considered news sources for young people, so it was the right national audience,” she said. “It’s kind of a splashy way to debut the ad, and then we’ll air it during cheaper times.”

Here’s the entire text of the 30-second spot: “Hi, Im Ron Reagan, an unabashed atheist, and Im alarmed by the intrusions of religion into our secular government. Thats why Im asking you to support the Freedom From Religion Foundation, the nations largest and most effective association of atheists and agnostics, working to keep state and church separate, just like our Founding Fathers intended. Please support the Freedom From Religion Foundation. Ron Reagan. Lifelong atheist. Not afraid of burning in hell.”

Gaylor and her husband, Dan Barker, who is also co-president of FFRF, are in Canada for a conference.

“The irony of this whole thing is they don’t get Comedy Central in Canada,” she said.

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An aerial view shows Yonaguni island, Okinawa prefecture in this picture taken by KyodoReuters file photo

Japan is reportedly planning to establish fresh military outposts in remote islands near the archipelago known in Japan as Senkaku, in order to bolster security in its territorial waters.

According to the Japanese daily Yomiuri Shimbun, nearly 350 troops are expected to be stationed on three different islands in the far southwest, near the disputed chain of islands. The string of land mass, often at the centre of spats between Tokyo and Beijing, is called Diaoyus in China.

Although there is already a minimum air force facility in the region, it does not have Japan’s ground forces and the latest proposal is bound to infuriate China.

The two countries are frequently involved in maritime confrontations in the waters to assert their claims to the islands, which lie about 2,000kms from Tokyo and 200kms from Taiwan, which also claims rights to the chain.

The three sites identified for the new outposts are Amamioshima, Miyako island and Ishigaki island, all of which are located about 150 to 210kms from Senkakus, the daily reported, citing anonymous senior officials.

Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga told reporters: “At the moment, however, we have not decided on specific, concrete locations such as those reported.”

Last month, Japan had come up with its first military expansion in the region in more than 40 years by beginning the construction of a radar station in Yonaguni.

Japan’s Defence Minister Itsunori Onodera said: “This is the first deployment since the US returned Okinawa in 1972 and calls for us to be more on guard are growing. I want to build an operation able to properly defend islands that are part of Japan’s territory.”

The radar facility will significantly increase Japan’s surveillance capabilities in the region as Tokyo’s monitoring could potentially expand up to mainland China to keep an eye on its ships and flights.

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