Testing Net Neutrality is Hard

In the Netherlands we have a law on net neutrality, and we’re trying to defend this in Europe as well. Our law has been in effect since 2012. About one year after that, ISOC-NL received reports that some providers were breaking net neutrality. This was discussed in the Internet Transparency WG of which I’m also a member. The group worked together with the university of Dhaka to create a mobile app to test net neutrality on mobile providers, Open Internet. Continue reading

WhatsApp Alternatives part 2 – Secure Communication

This is an addition to my other post about WhatsApp alternatives. There are others that provide more than just messaging. Below is my personal impression about these. Continue reading

WhatsApp alternatives

Update: Threema support responded: traffic-data is deleted when the message is delivered, or after two weeks, whichever is earlier.

The popular WhatsApp messaging service has been bought by Facebook last week. It is reassuring to see that many people are worried about this. It means Facebook can collect and combine even more data about you than they already do. They now have the posts that you share with all your friends, but now they also have the messages that you share with your best friend, or with the small selected groups of friends. The worrying means that people are now looking for alternatives, and below is my personal take on some of the alternatives that I’ve seen. Continue reading