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China Escalates Efforts to Shut Down Unauthorized VPNs

China Escalates Efforts to Shut Down Unauthorized VPNs

In spite of an earlier denial, the Chinese government has tightened its grip on the Internet, stepping up efforts against netizens’ access to unsupervised connections, including those via virtual private networks (VPNs) halfway through its 14-month-long crackdown nationwide. VPNs are third-party services that help bypass the so-called Great Firewall, installed …

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UN Experts Seek Halt to Use of Spyware in Mexico, Want Full Probe

UN Experts Seek Halt to Use of Spyware in Mexico, Want Full Probe

GENEVA —  U.N. human rights experts called on the government of Mexico on Wednesday to “cease the surveillance immediately” of activists and journalists and to conduct a fully impartial investigation into the illegal spying. In the latest case, an international probe into the 2014 disappearance of 43 students in Mexico …

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World’s most high-tech voting system to get hacking defenses

World's most high-tech voting system to get hacking defenses

Tallinn – Estonia, the only country in the world where voters elect their leaders through online balloting, is taking steps to fend off potential hacking attacks as cyber-security fears intensify. A software overhaul for the system, introduced in 2005, is ready for testing before local elections in October, according to Tarvi Martens, …

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Story of Afghan Girls’ Team Just One of Many at Robotics Event

Story of Afghan Girls' Team Just One of Many at Robotics Event

WASHINGTON —  An international robotics competition in Washington was in its final day Tuesday, with teams of teenagers from more than 150 nations competing. The team getting the most attention at the FIRST Global Robotics Challenge was a squad of girls from Afghanistan who were twice rejected for U.S. visas …

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