A few recent, noteworthy updates from OTF-supported Internet freedom projects
This past month, OTF’s supported projects have been hard at work on various Internet freedom-related efforts, advancing free expression and human rights online. Here, we’d like to quickly highlight just a few of these efforts.
- Lantern, a censorship circumvention tool that delivers fast and secure access to blocked sites, is now available for download on the Google Play store in both Chinese and English.
Mailvelope, a browser extension that facilitates email encryption for users of browser based email providers, released Mailvelope v1.4, which features two new capabilities: file encryption, enhancing security for transfer of files between users, and a public key server search function, which makes finding your contacts’ public keys easier. Read more about this update at the Mailvelope blog.
GlobaLeaks, a secure submission platform previously supported by OTF, was used by activists to expose the existence and utilization of the Ecuadorian government’s Internet censorship mechanisms, highlighting specific cases in which the government blocked access to sites like Google and YouTube. Read more from EFF here, and in Spanish here.
Qubes OS, a security-focused free and open source operating system, published released a ‘video tour’ explaining how to use Qubes. Watch it here.
ICFP fellow Wafa Ben Hassine’s report tracking legal threats to free speech throughout the Arab world was released by her host organization, EFF. Read the report here.
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