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The Switchboard: Turkey’s two-month-long YouTube ban lifted

A Google search page is reflected in sunglasses in this photo illustration taken in Brussels May 30, 2014. (REUTERS/Francois Lenoir)

Published every weekday, the Switchboard highlights five tech policy stories you need to read.

Google will now name and shame e-mail providers that don’t support encryption. E-mail encryption can only keep out prying eyes if both the sender and the receiver's e-mail program support it. And now Google will be publicly revealing which services don't support encryption, the Switch's Brian Fung reports.

Sealed court files obscure rise in electronic surveillance. "Data obtained by The Wall Street Journal from the Justice Department and various federal district courts suggest that electronic-surveillance orders have increased over the past decade and that the vast majority remain sealed, " reports Jennifer Valentino-Devries. "The increases come amid an explosion in the number of people regularly using cellphones and email. As tools for monitoring electronic communications become more accessible to investigators, such tracking has become more routine and useful in criminal investigations."

Is Apple finally relaxing its stance on Bitcoin apps? "In a potential course correction, Apple is opening to the idea of letting iPhone users make payments with bitcoins and other alternate currencies," reports the Switch's Brian Fung.  "The company updated its developer guidelines to allow apps that 'facilitate' transactions made with 'approved' cryptocurrencies."

Protesters at WWDC say Apple and other big tech firms are bad neighbors. "Thousands of developers streamed into a San Francisco convention center Monday to see Apple chief executive Tim Cook speak about the company's future  during its Worldwide Developers Conference," reports the Switch's Hayley Tsukayama. "But just outside the doors to the Moscone Center there was a much different kind of queue to contend with -- a picket line."

Turkey unblocks YouTube after 2 months. Sixty-seven days after the government blocked access to YouTube, Turkey has finally restored access to the video sharing site. "The move came four days after the country's Constitutional Court ruled that the ban violated Turks' free speech rights and ordered the ban be lifted," reports Lorenzo Franceschi-Bicchierai at Mashable.


Andrea Peterson covers technology policy for The Washington Post, with an emphasis on cybersecurity, consumer privacy, transparency, surveillance and open government.



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