The Cost Of (Internet) Freedom

The notion that "freedom is not free" has been borne out by the blood of martyrs, soldiers and patriots over the years. The cost of freedom on the Internet is not often costly in blood, but can be so in reputation and in monetary costs. An Austrian operator of a TOR server found that out, when police determined that child pornography was being passed through his network. TOR ("The Onion Network" - because it is "layered", like an onion) is a specialized way of sending and receiving data on the Internet, that is designed to "cloak" the IP addresses of those using it, and also encrypting the data en route. It is used in many countries by political activists, journalists, police...and yes, criminals too. With freedom comes the potential for misuse.

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