Outernet – globally available source of information

A Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) project, Outernet will use a network of small satellites to transmit selected Internet data to any Wi-Fi-enabled device anywhere in the world at no cost.

By leveraging datacasting technology over a low-cost satellite constellation, Outernet is able to bypass censorship, ensure privacy, and offer a universally-accessible information service at no cost to global citizens. It’s the modern version of shortwave radio, or BitTorrent from space.

Sounds like fun, let’s hope it works out.

Online Privacy – The Ultimate Solution

Online Privacy
There was some noise about recent Google’s privacy policy changes that made a lot of people worry. Personally I use few browsers for the last few years – Chrome (or Chromium to be precise, cause I’m on Linux) for Webapps were I am logged in everywhere and Firefox to actually browse the web, stumble, search etc. This way my search and browsing habits remain private without having to sacrifice time to log in/out every time.

But if, for any reason, you really need to be stealthy and private while surfing the web – use Tor network to completely hide your identity. There were times when you had to do some dirty work to set up Tor on your computer, nowadays just download the browser bundle which includes preconfigured standalone Firefox browser for any OS. Just start the bundle and use any online service (e.g. this one) to check your IP and other system information. See, they are not yours anymore.

The downside is the significant loss of connection speed and no usual plug-ins like flash for example (you are free to install them, but they can reveal your true IP address). As an extra feature you can explore darker and creepier parts of the web, known as Invisible Web or Deep Net – the .onion domain. Here is a search engine to start with, be advised though – at times these parts are really creepy.