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HAX on 5July - 2017-05-24 - Original post - cached version

This bill asks social media companies to take down content, including perfectly legal material, that social media companies like Facebook can arbitrarily label as “hate speech”, “fake news”, “pornographic content”, among other categories. In addition, the draft law de facto imposes...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

“Some people say that it is not for government to regulate when it comes to technology and the internet,” it states. “We disagree.”

The Independent: Theresa May to Crete New Internet that would be Controlled and Regulated by Government »

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HAX on 5July - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

It appears the NSA finally engaged in the Vulnerabilities Equity Process — not when it discovered the vulnerability, but rather when it became apparent the agency wouldn’t be able to prevent it from being released to the public. (…)

Officials called it “fishing with dynamite...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-22 - Original post - cached version

From Facebooks content moderation guidelines:

We aim to allow as much speech as possible but draw the line at content that could credibly cause real world harm. People commonly express disdain or disagreement by threatening or calling for violence in generally facetious and...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-21 - Original post - cached version

Even worse, profiling and similar techniques are increasingly used not just to classify and understand people, but also to make decisions that have far-reaching consequences, from credit to housing, welfare and employment. Intelligent CCTV software automatically flags “suspicious...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

UK Prime Minister and noted authoritarian Theresa May has promised that if she wins the upcoming general election, her party will abolish internet access in the UK, replacing it with a government-monitored internet where privacy tools are banned and online services will be required...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

The President of the European Commission said in 2010: “The oath of independence and respect for the EU Treaties is more than a symbolic act”. As it turned out, it was not even a symbolic act.

Joe McNamee, EDRi: Commissioners’ oath – a broken promise on...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

Something remarkable happened in Sweden this week: a list of 15,000 people with the wrong political opinions was used to block those people from the @Sweden account, and thereby preventing these people from communicating over Twitter with that part of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-19 - Original post - cached version

The Swedish special prosecutor has decided to close the investigation into sexual misconduct against Wikileaks editor in chief Julian Assange.

First of all, the case in itself was remarkably thin. Second, Assange has never been charged with any crime. The European Arrest Warrant (EAW) was...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

ALTwitter »

EDRi: ALTwitter – profiling with metadata »

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-18 - Original post - cached version

The annual German Big Brother Awards were bestowed by EDRi member Digitalcourage on 5 May 2017 in Bielefeld, Germany. The event drew much media attention, as one of the awardees threatened the organiser with legal action. (…)

The awardee in the “Politics” category was the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Chelsea Manning was released from the Military Corrections Complex at Fort Leavenworth in Kansas on Wednesday—nearly three decades before the Army private’s sentence was up for leaking classified military documents to WikiLeaks.

Ars Technica: Chelsea Manning...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Big data has a potential to improve society – much like electricity or antibiotics. From health care and education to urban planning and protecting the environment, the applications of big data are remarkable. However, big data comes with big negative impacts. Big data can be used –...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-17 - Original post - cached version

Article 13 (in the European Union’s draft Copyright Directive), fewer than 250 words, is designed to provoke such legal uncertainty that internet companies will have no option other than to block, filter and monitor our communications, if they want to have any chance of staying in...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-16 - Original post - cached version

It’s clear that in weaponizing a vulnerability instead of responsibly disclosing it (so hospitals and transportation infrastructure can be protected), the NSA made a critical error in judgment that put millions of people at risk. However, one would think that after learning 10 months...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Finally, this attack provides yet another example of why the stockpiling of vulnerabilities by governments is such a problem. This is an emerging pattern in 2017. We have seen vulnerabilities stored by the CIA show up on WikiLeaks, and now this vulnerability stolen from the NSA has...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-15 - Original post - cached version

Ecuador has written to the Swedish government complaining of a “serious lack of progress” in the investigation involving a rape allegation against WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange.

Radio Sweden: Ecuador concerned by Sweden’s “lack of progress” in Assange case »...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-14 - Original post - cached version

The ransomware spread so quickly because it was delivered by a special digital code developed by the NSA to move from one unpatched computer to another, security experts said. They warned that the malware now could move from large networks to individual users.

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HAX on 5July - 2017-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Persirai is a new strain of Internet of Things malware that infects more than 1,250 models of security camera, all manufactured by an unnamed Chinese manufacturer that has sold at least 185,000 units worldwide.

BoingBoing: 185,000+ IoT security cameras are...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-11 - Original post - cached version

From an interview with Nuremberg prosecutor Benjamin Ferencz…

Lesley Stahl: Did you meet a lot of people who perpetrated war crimes who would otherwise in your opinion have been just a normal, upstanding citizen?

Benjamin Ferencz: Of course, is my answer. These men...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-11 - Original post - cached version

Get arrested in Durham, England, and artificial intelligence could help decide whether you’re held in custody or sent home—but it’s not yet clear if the algorithm is more accurate than police officers when it comes to assessing whether someone is likely to reoffend.

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HAX on 5July - 2017-05-10 - Original post - cached version

There is a lot of buzz about »fake news«. But there is very little discussion about what it is that is supposed to be fake.

Maybe, there isn’t that much real fake news. (Dissent doesn’t qualify as fake.) Maybe it’s about stuff we don’t really want to know about. Or are not supposed to....

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-10 - Original post - cached version

BBC: Facebook publishes fake news ads in UK papers »

Techcrunch: Facebook culls ‘tens of thousands’ of fake accounts ahead of UK election »

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-09 - Original post - cached version

Facebook is having a hard time lately amid claims of fake news, political bias and sexism. The European Union considered legislation to encourage a more unified response to such postings and Germany supports fines for social networks that ignore hate speech. Similarly, today an...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-08 - Original post - cached version

US demands to get access to some travelers social media handles has been in force at border controls for some time now. The latest is that this also will apply at visa applications, but still not for all.

Affected applicants would have to provide their social media handles and...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-08 - Original post - cached version

A remote hijacking flaw that lurked in Intel chips for seven years was more severe than many people imagined, because it allowed hackers to remotely gain administrative control over huge fleets of computers without entering a password. This is according to technical analyses...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-08 - Original post - cached version

Our study of search and politics in seven nations – which surveyed the United States, Britain, France, Germany, Italy, Poland and Spain in January 2017 – found these concerns to be overstated, if not wrong. In fact, many internet users trust search to help them find the best...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-07 - Original post - cached version

This one will have our full attention.

Police in the Republic of Ireland have launched an investigation after a viewer claimed comments made by Stephen Fry on a TV show were blasphemous.

The alleged crime…

Fry said: “How dare you create...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-06 - Original post - cached version

We highly recommend this infographic: The Global War on Cash »

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-05 - Original post - cached version

Elon Musk’s SpaceX plans to start launching satellites into orbit in 2019 to provide high-speed internet to Earth.

In November, the company outlined plans to put 4,425 satellites into space in a Federal Communications Commission (FCC) filing. (…)

SpaceX argues that the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-05 - Original post - cached version

The Verge: Watch Edward Snowden and Cory Doctorow imagine our hopeful, dystopian future »

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-05 - Original post - cached version

The VPN Guru: 11 Ways to Secure Your Social Media Accounts »

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-03 - Original post - cached version

Julia Reda, Pirate MEP: Experts unanimously slam EU copyright expansion plans – but are politicians listening? »

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-01 - Original post - cached version

What happens when intelligence agencies go to war with each other and don’t tell the rest of us? I think there’s something going on between the US and Russia that the public is just seeing pieces of. We have no idea why, or where it will go next, and can only speculate.

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HAX on 5July - 2017-05-01 - Original post - cached version

It is now the last day in April, five months since Assange was questioned about the rape allegations in Britain. However there is no word from Sweden either of the case against him being dropped or of the rape charges against him being pressed.

Meanwhile the European arrest...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-29 - Original post - cached version

This morning, Turkey decided to censor the entire Wikipedia in all its editions. Work is ongoing by local activists to establish the exact technical scope.

Falkvinge: Wikipedia censored from the Internet in Turkey: Government rejects the world’s reality and...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-28 - Original post - cached version

Journalist and writer Barrett Brown, who was imprisoned after exposing private sector surveillance – has been detained again. The Intercept:

Brown quickly became a symbol of the attack on press freedom after he was arrested in 2012 for reporting he did on the hacked emails of...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

The EU is in the process of updating the Audiovisual Media Services Directive (AVMSD).

As one could expect, this opens the floodgates when it comes to regulating and censoring content such as video (and even animated GIF:s) on a number of platforms. This includes otherwise legal content...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-27 - Original post - cached version

It was a perfect service: sorting your mail and not just removing all spam for you, but also unsubscribing you from all of that spam garbage going forward. It kept your inbox perfectly clean. But behind the curtains, it also sold your inbox to the highest bidder.

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HAX on 5July - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

Wikipedia’s co-founder Jimmy Wales is planning a news service that combines the work of professional journalists and volunteers.

His goal is for Wikitribune to offer “factual and neutral” articles that help combat the problem of “fake news”.

The service is intended to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

We should treat jihadis, not as ideological warriors, but as criminal losers.

MEP Daniel Hannan (Cons.) on Youtube »

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-25 - Original post - cached version

Three years after the 9/11 attacks, a frustrated NSA employee complained that Osama bin Laden was alive and well, and yet the surveillance agency still had no automated way to search the Arabic language PDFs it had intercepted.

The Intercept: Why Soviet weather...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

A group of fansubbers who turned the tables on BREIN by taking the anti-piracy group to court have lost their legal battle. The Free Subtitles Foundation sought a legal ruling determining that fansubbers act within the law, but this week the Amsterdam District Court sided with BREIN...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-22 - Original post - cached version

But if the US Department of Justice prosecutes Assange, as it reportedly may soon, he could become something else: the first journalist in modern history to be criminally charged by American courts for publishing classified information. WikiLeaks may not look like a traditional...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

The U.S. administration is raising its voice when it comes to Wikileaks and its editor in charge, Julian Assange.

According to CNN Attorney General Jeff Sessions said at a news conference Thursday that Assange’s arrest is a “priority.” (Link»)

We’ve already begun to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Professor Schulz criticises the fact that the draft law covers a range of different types of offences, making it difficult to assess its necessity as a means of restricting freedom of speech. More damningly, he points to the key assumptions on which the law is based, arguing that...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

Did Donald Trump become president because he hired the data mining firm Cambridge Analytica, which uses profiling and micro-targeting in political elections? Some say yes, many say no. But what we know is that we are subjected to extensive personalised commercial and political...

HAX on 5July - 2017-04-21 - Original post - cached version

US authorities have prepared charges to seek the arrest of WikiLeaks founder Julian Assange, US officials familiar with the matter tell CNN.

The Justice Department investigation of Assange and WikiLeaks dates to at least 2010, when the site first gained wide attention for...

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