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New Mobile Billboard in London Today The Guardian view on Julian Assange: Do Not extradite him:

Which file-sharing programs are safe to use without a VPN?
I think for torrent they are a must in most places. I've read many people in the US saying that they've been using SoulSeek without VPN for a long time without trouble. Fopnu works the same so it should be safe too. And MuWire is the same using I2P so it would be the safest but very slow. Tribler uses tor and makes you an exit node and there's people who have gotten in trouble because someone else downloaded child pornography through their network. The thing is I want to share a 50 TB library without VPN and I would like to know in which programs is safer and which ones to avoid. What about DC++, eMule and others you may know? I'm looking only for programs in which it's simple to share the whole library.

> The Digital Advertising Act is a bold, promising legislative proposal. It could split apart the most toxic parts of Big Tech to make the internet more competitive, more decentralized, and more respectful of users’ digital human rights, like the right to privacy. As with any complex legislation, the impacts of this bill must be thoroughly explored before it becomes law. But we believe in the methods described in the bill: they have the power to reshape the internet for the better.

Would a Napster-like program survive using onion routing?
I've been thinking for a while of how to make a [program like this]( distributed but I've found no way. So I'm thinking of implementing a client-server model with the server behind tor. Would the server be sued out of existence?

What are some use cases where facial recognition is problematic?
I have read in the privacy community that facial recognition done in public places is considered problematic. Not knowing what is considered the crux of the matter, I have to ask about some facial and behavioral recognition use cases here, and whether they are a problem or not - Digital signage on roads, cameras in stores, etc. read pedestrians' faces, movements, etc. and infer attributes for marketing purposes (sometimes the inferred attributes are stored as is, sometimes they are stored as statistics and the attributes themselves are removed) - Public transit agencies can share police databases to identify and track individuals with arrest records - Public agencies use facial and behavioral recognition to determine and track suspicious persons. The information read is stored.

Question about how to avoid storing email
I'm not sure if this is the correct place to ask this, so if there's a better community please direct me to it. I'm making a web app that I plan on hosting. Users will be able to create an account on the website. The only information about the user themself I store is email and an argon2 hash of the password. All the other information stored about a user's account is specific to and only makes sense in the context of the app. Now, while I only have one piece of PII, I'd prefer it to be zero. Ideally I'd replace the email with a username for the purpose of uniquely identifying users. However, there's one problem: I want to be able to send an email to a user if they forget their password so they can reset it. I don't know if there's a way to do this without storing their email. Is there a way to do the mentioned functionality without storing PII? Alternatively, is there another way of handling a user forgetting their password that doesn't require them to remember anything and doesn't need PII?

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Privacy has become a very important issue in modern society, with companies and governments constantly abusing their power, more and more people are waking up to the importance of digital privacy.

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