Instant messenger encryption with Pidgin and Pidgin-OTR

All major messaging applications pass data through their servers and as we already know, all service providers, including Google, Yahoo and Microsoft, log this data – everything you write to your friends, family, colleagues, etc.

Continuing the series of posts on improving communication privacy, this time we learn how to encrypt our instant messenger conversations…

Encrypting Thunderbird email with OpenPGP

Email messages are at the moment the least secure method of transferring information. They are almost always written in plain-text, jumping around from server to server with anyone interested in eavesdropping on them able to do so.

To use an end-to-end PGP encryption with Thunderbird, you’ll need to install Enigmail (Thunderbird extension) and GnuPG…

YaCy – distributed (P2P) web search engine

In the light confirming stuff some of us already knew was true (see PRISM scandal), leaving the old and mighty Google behind and moving on to a more open / decentralized / uncensoring search engine is the only path…

YaCy is a free search engine that anyone can use to build a search portal for their intranet or to help search the public internet….

European Court of Human Rights: Convictions for file-sharing violate human rights

The European Court of Human Rights has declared that the copyright monopoly stands in direct conflict with fundamental Human Rights, as defined in the European Union and elsewhere. This means that as of today, nobody sharing culture in the EU may be convicted just for breaking the copyright monopoly law; the bar for convicting was raised considerably. […]