On Beijing Cream: Skype In China Might Not Offer Privacy, But Why Would You Expect It To?

I wrote a piece for Beijing Cream about ridiculous accusations, Skype, and how scary it might be:

But this is nothing new. In 2008, activists at Citizen Lab disclosed a similar finding: that TOM, in a joint venture with the then-owner of Skype, eBay, systematically monitors and censors users’ communication. Then, as in 2006, Skype publicly commented that they knew about it, promised that it was only instant messages that were affected, and reassured everyone that Skype-to-Skype (as in, not TOM-Skype) communication was fully encrypted and protected.

Read the whole piece:

Skype In China Might Not Offer Privacy, But Why Would You Expect It To?

Tech Talk on Today Jan 16, 2013

This week, on Today on Beyond Beijing, we discussed

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/81315943/Tech%20Talk/tech%20talk%200116.mp3]

John Artman’s Teck Talk Dec 12, 2012

My weekly segment for Today on Beyond Beijing 

[audio http://dl.dropbox.com/u/81315943/Tech%20Talk/tech%20talk%201212.mp3]

We talked about:

  • Apple, Microsoft, and Google teaming up to buy Kodak’s digital imaging patents
  • USPTO reviewing the “Steve Jobs patent” and what it means for Apple going forward
  • A new mobile payment and financial planning application from Alipay ( “China’s Paypal”, subsidiary of Alibaba)
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