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Skype No Longer Willing To Claim That Its Calls Are Untappable By Law Enforcement

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For years, we've noted that various governments have sought to be able to wiretap Skype -- and the company has always insisted that its peer-to-peer architecture made it impossible. Last year, however, some hackers suggested that there was now a backdoor in Skype. And now when a reporter for Slate,...
Skype No Longer Willing To Claim That Its Calls Are Untappable By Law Enforcement

And Now Europeans Are Dumping Euros For Bitcoin

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With the huge debt crisis in Europe, locals are moving their money out of banks in fear of losing their savings. Where are they putting their money? Some are turning to Bitcoin, reports the Financial Post. Bitcoin is a an internet-only currency released in 2009, created in order to avoid...
And Now Europeans Are Dumping Euros For Bitcoin
ISPs say blocking The Pirate Bay doesn't affect P2P traffic

How open is your internet? An interactive map

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View the extent to which governments interfere with the internet in 74 countries based on data from the OpenNet InitiativeGarry BlightSimon RogersPaul Torpey...
How open is your internet? An interactive map

Google reveals government censorship requests are on the rise

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Google's updated its transparency report to show how many times governments worldwide sought to censor search results, drop YouTube videos or look at user data in the second half of last year. Each request is logged and detailed, with the most filings coming from the US, UK and India....
Google reveals government censorship requests are on the rise

Skype makes chats and user data more available to police

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Skype, the online phone service long favored by political dissidents, criminals and others eager to communicate beyond the reach of governments, has expanded its cooperation with law enforcement authorities to make online chats and other user information available to police, said industry and government officials familiar with the changes. Read...
Skype makes chats and user data more available to police

The road to cyberwar? F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen on the growth of government-sponsored malware

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This week saw Flame hit the headlines. The most complex piece of malware ever discovered, it appears to have been designed as an espionage tool deployed against Iran and other countries in the Middle East. Most alarmingly, Flame appears to have been loose in the wild, undetected, for over two...
The road to cyberwar? F-Secure’s Mikko Hypponen on the growth of government-sponsored malware
Google doubles down on pride, says 'LGBT rights are human rights'
Google's transparency report shows big increase in government takedown requests

Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise

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We think it’s important to shine a light on how government actions could affect our users. When we first launched the Transparency Report in early 2010, there wasn’t much data out there about how governments sometimes hamper the free flow of information on the web. So we took our first...
Transparency Report: Government requests on the rise

Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

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More than a year ago, I blogged a few times about the European Interoperability Framework 2.0, a set of IT procurement guidelines that was adopted in December 2010. The most controversial item, which delayed adoption by many months, was a passage that some stakeholders wanted to turn into a ringing...
Google tells European Commission on 'open standards': do as I say, not as I do

The HALO Trust launches Google Earth project to get mines out of the ground

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Here’s a fantastic usage of Google Earth, an organization has created a project that is tracking the removal of landmines. Here’s what Google had to say about the project today: Founded in 1988, The HALO Trust is the world’s oldest and largest humanitarian landmine clearance organization. Dedicated to the removal...
The HALO Trust launches Google Earth project to get mines out of the ground

Wyden Traps Feds In Their Own Words: ACTA Explanation Opens Up Big Hole In Cybersecurity Bill

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Back in March, when the US State Department responded to Ron Wyden's questions about the feds' authority to negotiate and sign onto ACTA without Congressional approval (damn you, Constitution), it made an odd (and rather new) claim: that Congress had actually already approved the executive branch's ability to negotiate and...
Wyden Traps Feds In Their Own Words: ACTA Explanation Opens Up Big Hole In Cybersecurity Bill

Sergey Brin says the internet is under attack by governments, Apple and Facebook

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One of the qualifications for scoring a CE-Oh no 'round here is actually being a CEO -- so Sergey Brin does not receive that honor. We will, however, draw attention to what some might call his hyperbolic ramblings. In an interview with the Guardian, Google's cool uncle said he...
Sergey Brin says the internet is under attack by governments, Apple and Facebook

Twitter Transparency Report

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Wednesday marks Independence Day here in the United States. Beyond the fireworks and barbecue, July 4th serves as an important reminder of the need to hold governments accountable, especially on behalf of those who may not have a chance to do so themselves.With that in mind, today we’re unveiling our...
Twitter Transparency Report

Google Reveals Which Governments Are Worst Snoopers

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And the winner is the United States. Google's transparency report for the first six months of 2012 is out, revealing that the United States made almost 8,000 requests to hand over users' data. Of these claims, Google complied with 90%. In a post on its Transparency Report blog, Google...
Google Reveals Which Governments Are Worst Snoopers

When The Creators Of Both The Internet And The Web Come Out Against The ITU, Shouldn't You Too?

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We've been talking a lot about the ITU and its WCIT (World Conference on International Telecommunications) lately, given the importance of various proposals on the future of the internet. While Vint Cerf, often considered the "father of the internet" for his early (and continued!) contributions to the core of the...
When The Creators Of Both The Internet And The Web Come Out Against The ITU, Shouldn't You Too?

Google saves $2B in taxes by sheltering $10B in revenue in Bermuda

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The search and software giant's tax avoidance is being investigated by governments in France, the U.K., Italy, and Australia, Bloomberg reported. [Read more]...
Google saves $2B in taxes by sheltering $10B in revenue in Bermuda
The Pirate Bay moves entire operation to the cloud, thwarts copyright cops

Tim Berners-Lee: the internet has no off switch

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Briton who launched first web page in 1990 reiterates opposition to extending government control of internetThere is no "off switch" for the internet, says the British inventor of the world wide web - and that is a good thing, because it could only be undone by governments around the world...
Tim Berners-Lee: the internet has no off switch

It's Scary How Rapidly Government Requests For Info And Censorship Are Increasing

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Google's latest transparency report is out and the notable bit of info is that governments continue to increase how often they're seeking info about users. The increase there is a steady growth which is immensely worrisome. There's also an equally troubling increase in the attempts to censor content via Google,...
It's Scary How Rapidly Government Requests For Info And Censorship Are Increasing

Hack the vote: how open data is giving elections back to the voters

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This is the year of elections, across the world. How is open data changing the process? This was the subject of a recent Strata live webcast. Here's what we talked aboutAs the world's economies move from crisis to crisis, governments are falling all over the globe. This has been a...
Hack the vote: how open data is giving elections back to the voters

Do We Really Want The UN In Charge Of Cybersecurity Standards?

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We've been talking quite a bit about the upcoming efforts by the International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to expand its ability to govern the internet, and numerous proposals are being submitted by various telcos along those lines. The folks over at CDT are ably demonstrating why this is dangerous in a...
Do We Really Want The UN In Charge Of Cybersecurity Standards?
Microsoft: We don't harvest Windows 8 SmartScreen user data

Russia Backs Down On Internet Regulation At ITU Conference

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The U.S. ambassador to the conference has hinted, however, that Russia and its co-backers may attempt to introduce legislation another way. Russia has withdrawn its proposal to allow individual governments to clamp down on websites in their own countries. It had gathered support from countries including China, Sudan, Algeria,...
Russia Backs Down On Internet Regulation At ITU Conference

Iceland is embracing open source for public administrations and schools

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The Icelandic government has recently launched a one year project that will build a foundation for using free and open source software in its institutions. According to reports from project leader Tryggvi Björgvinsson, the three biggest public institutions in Iceland: all of the ministries, the city of Reykjavik and the National Hospital, are all...
Iceland is embracing open source for public administrations and schools

World Bank envisions a 4°C future

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Rising oceans will make future storm surges worse. NASA Many governments have set a goal for limiting climate change: two degrees by the end of the century, and no more. However, most projections show we're lagging badly. Unless we accelerate a transition to renewables and nuclear, we're going to...
World Bank envisions a 4°C future

Mozilla Helped To Stop SOPA In January, Now It's Worried About WCIT

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Mike wrote how both Vint Cerf and Sir Tim Berners-Lee were concerned about the outcome of the WCIT talks currently taking place in Dubai. Those aren't the only important voices being raised. Here, for example, is the Mozilla Foundation, the organization behind the Firefox browser and many other free software...
Mozilla Helped To Stop SOPA In January, Now It's Worried About WCIT
US House votes against government control of internet as ITU conference gets underway

5 Online Privacy Intrusions You Don't Know About, and Should

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Governments, retailers, wireless carriers, and others collect and use your personal data in ways you may not be aware of. Here's what you can do about it....
5 Online Privacy Intrusions You Don't Know About, and Should
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