US likely to authorize millions for extension of ‘Internet freedom stategy’

Remember that whole “Internet Freedom” agenda that the US government is funding? Turns out it’s likely to continue into the next...

Iran tries to block Tor, declares VPNs illegal, and says cyber attacks will be ‘reciprocated’

Within the last few weeks, there have been reports that Iran has been blocking Tor, an online anonymizing tool, and PPTP and L2TP VPN protocols and...

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Microsoft deal is good for Skype, Estonia's tech godfather says

Microsoft deal is good for Skype, Estonia’s tech godfather says

By Cyrus Farivar | Estonia, Featured

NOTE: My previous post, which raised my suspicions about how Skype’s recent acquistion by Microsoft, did not reflect an additional interview that I did with Linnar Viik, another former Skype employee, and an Estonian tech guru. That interview, which was published on May 12, 2011 for my employer, Deutsche Welle English, is re-printed here. -CF

Microsoft acquires Skype

Microsoft acquires Skype

By Cyrus Farivar | Estonia, Featured

Today, Microsoft announced its acquisition of Skype for $8.5 billion. This is a terrible idea for Skype. (June 3 addition: What I really mean is: I’m a big fan of Skype and a big fan of Estonia, and I want to see both thrive. I don’t really view Microsoft as a beacon of innovation, and

Tere, Eestimaa!

Tere, Eestimaa!

By Cyrus Farivar | Estonia, Featured

The first time I had even thought about Estonia was in late 2004, when I encountered this 2003 article in the Christian Science Monitor: “Estonia, where being wired is a human right.” A little more than a decade ago, Estonia was a crumbling republic of the Soviet Union, where information was tightly controlled and telephones