• Oct 6, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Net Neutrality, News,

Skype is officially blocked in Qatar – WhatsApp, Viber, Duo, and Facetime are also inaccessible

Qatar is still blocking popular Voice over IP (VoIP) apps such as Skype, Facetime, Duo, Viber, and WhatsApp. In September, Saudi Arabia lifted its ban on Skype and WhatsApp. The VoIP issues were first reported on WhatsApp, Viber, Duo, Facetime, and Skype months ago by Qatari internet users. Qatar only has two internet service providers … Continue reading “Skype is officially blocked in Qatar – WhatsApp, Viber, Duo, and Facetime are also inaccessible”

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  • Oct 4, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

UK privacy laws may allow 230 million Americans to demand personality profiles created by Trump’s big data ally

Earlier this week, Facebook released a statement about ads it carried which had been paid for by Russian sources. It now says that around ten million people in the US saw the ads, and that 44% of total ad impressions were before the 2016 US election. Strikingly, for 50% of the ads less than $3 … Continue reading “UK privacy laws may allow 230 million Americans to demand personality profiles created by Trump’s big data ally”

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Big Canadian ISP is actually asking the Canadian Government for Internet censorship

Bell Canada, one of Canada’s major ISPs, is requesting the Canadian government to create a governmental censorship regime, blacklisting resources that Canadians shall not be reading. According to Bell Canada, this is necessary to “prevent people from leaving regulated television and turning to piracy instead”. It is not explained how leaving the regulated TV system, … Continue reading “Big Canadian ISP is actually asking the Canadian Government for Internet censorship”

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  • Oct 2, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

EU is losing its patience with the US government over its failure to implement properly the Privacy Shield deal

Last week, the European Commission announced new guidelines to tackle illegal content inciting hatred, violence and terrorism online. Central to its new framework is expecting “online platforms” – Internet companies like Facebook, Google and Twitter – to take a more pro-active role: “The Communication invites online platforms step up their efforts to remove illegal content … Continue reading “EU is losing its patience with the US government over its failure to implement properly the Privacy Shield deal”

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  • Sep 29, 2017
  • David Meyer
  • Governments, Networking, News,

UN experts are worried about the Catalan referendum online crackdown

Catalonia is set to have an independence vote this coming Sunday and the Spanish authorities, who say the referendum is unconstitutional, are furious — to the extent that they arrested the Catalan junior economy minister, are trying to prosecute referendum officials, and have raided printing operations and newspaper offices in an attempt to make the … Continue reading “UN experts are worried about the Catalan referendum online crackdown”

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  • Sep 27, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, News, Privacy,

South Korea considers blocking Tumblr

Korea has threatened to block Tumblr should the site not cooperate with the South Korean government to censor pornographic content. The Korean government’s position was revealed during a briefing held earlier today in Seoul. The vice chairman of the Korea Communications Standards Commission (KCSC), Heo Wook, said that blocking access to the site in South … Continue reading “South Korea considers blocking Tumblr”

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  • Sep 27, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, News, Privacy, Security,

Stunning: Taser wants to turn the public and their smartphones into its big data posse of police informants

Last month we wrote about the increasing application of big data analysis by police forces, often using software from the shadowy outfit Palantir. But it’s by no means the only company that sees this as a huge growth market: another is Axon. If that name is unfamiliar, that’s because it’s the new, rather anonymous branding … Continue reading “Stunning: Taser wants to turn the public and their smartphones into its big data posse of police informants”

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  • Sep 25, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Governments, Privacy, Programming, Security,

The race to save online privacy: what happens when quantum computers can break all our crypto?

Although many people are well aware of the many threats to their privacy, there is an underlying assumption that the use of strong encryption will always be available to mitigate those problems. Governments will doubtless continue to push for backdoors in encrypted Internet services like WhatsApp. But even if they do get their way by … Continue reading “The race to save online privacy: what happens when quantum computers can break all our crypto?”

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  • Sep 19, 2017
  • Glyn Moody
  • Bitcoin, Governments, News, Privacy,

Me, my data and I: Decode and the future of the personal data economy

It’s no secret that personal data has become the key commodity of the online business world. The Internet giants – Facebook, Google, etc. – all provide their services “free”, but make money from the detailed profiles they create of our activity as we use social networks and move around the Web. Since we don’t have … Continue reading “Me, my data and I: Decode and the future of the personal data economy”

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  • Sep 18, 2017
  • Caleb Chen
  • Governments, Networking, News, Privacy, Security,

Reminder: the CIA has been able to hack your WiFi router for years

The CIA has had the tools to take over your router for over a decade, according to government documents leaked by Wikileaks. The software, CherryBlossom, is a custom Linux operating system (OS) that allows the attacker to use the device in a man-in-the-middle (MITM) attack. The attack vector itself reminds us that our unprotected internet … Continue reading “Reminder: the CIA has been able to hack your WiFi router for years”

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