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HAX on 5July - 2017-06-23 - Original post - cached version

A new law allowing the German police to hack into mobile phones for even minor crimes, is expected to be passed by the German parliament this week [update: the law has now been passed]. Currently, the use of a “Staatstrojaner” – government trojan – is only permitted in order to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-22 - Original post - cached version

The Russian police have arrested Tor node operator Dmitry Bogatov. They charged him with terrorism offense and the reason for this, as they claim, is the connection between his IP address and a series of posts allegedly inciting dissent and disorder.


HAX on 5July - 2017-06-21 - Original post - cached version

“Prosecutors said WikiLeaks’ disclosures about Iraq and Afghanistan posed a major threat to US national security. But it turns out the classified document they cited — newly obtained by BuzzFeed News — said almost the exact opposite.”

BuzzFeed » Secret Government...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

Sensitive personal details relating to almost 200 million US citizens have been accidentally exposed by a marketing firm contracted by the Republican National Committee.

The 1.1 terabytes of data includes birthdates, home addresses, telephone numbers and political views of...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-20 - Original post - cached version

On Thursday, WikiLeaks published a detailed a set of descriptions and documentation for the CIA’s router-hacking toolkit. It’s the latest drip in the months-long trickle of secret CIA files it’s called Vault7, and it hints at how the agency leverages vulnerabilities in common routers...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-19 - Original post - cached version

This spring surveys suggested that young people are ambivalent towards freedom of speech. Especially so when it comes to statements that might be offensive towards religions and minorities. (Link»)

Now, similar signals are reaching us when it comes to democracy as such.


HAX on 5July - 2017-06-18 - Original post - cached version

Canada’s Senate passed the Justin Trudeau Liberals’ transgender rights bill unamended this afternoon by a vote of 67 to 11, with three abstentions.

The bill adds “gender expression” and “gender identity” to Canada’s Human Rights Code and to the Criminal Code’s hate crime...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-18 - Original post - cached version

1. Digital access and net neutrality needed
2. Censorship and surveillance: No excuse for states and private actors to breach human rights
3. Freedom of expression must be preserved by states and private sector

EDRi: UN Rapporteur demands respect for...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-17 - Original post - cached version

The greater the bureaucratization of public life, the greater will be the attraction of violence. In a fully developed bureaucracy there is nobody left with whom one could argue, to whom one could present grievances, on whom the pressures of power could be exerted. Bureaucracy is the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version

In a similar way that the police cannot enter your home without a court warrant, they are not supposed to look into your private communications without permission, right? Not really.

The EU is working towards easing the access to e-evidence for law enforcement authorities. The...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Although the immediate political fallout of the London attack focused on Theresa May’s cuts to policing, reductions in the number of staff who analyse intelligence is perhaps the area most deserving of scrutiny. Professor Philip Davies, director of the Brunel Centre for Intelligence...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-16 - Original post - cached version

Earlier today, after an intentionally rushed consideration process, Japan’s Prime Minister Shinzo Abe passed a new mass surveillance law conveniently called the “anti-conspiracy bill.” The new law creates a list of 277 acts, and makes it illegal to plan any of these acts. With the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-15 - Original post - cached version

A long-running legal battle between Dutch ISPs and the local anti-piracy organization BREIN over blocking The Pirate Bay has concluded with a ruling in favor of BREIN. The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) said yesterday The Pirate Bay could be blocked because:


HAX on 5July - 2017-06-13 - Original post - cached version

Furthermore, social media must also “actively propagate core socialist values, and create an ever-more healthy environment for the mainstream public opinion”, states Reuters.

Gizmochina: Chinese Celebrity Gossip Clampdown In Social Media »

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-13 - Original post - cached version

In what European science chief Carlos Moedas calls a “life-changing” move, E.U. member states (…) agreed on an ambitious new open-access (OA) target. All scientific papers should be freely available by 2020, the Competitiveness Council—a gathering of ministers of science, innovation...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Imagine mass surveillance as a line from 0 to 100. Zero is total anarchy and no control at all. One hundred is total control and surveillance of all the people, in all places, all the time.

So, where are we today? At 45? 60? 75?

Second, in which direction are we moving? Right you...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Report: How thousands of companies monitor, analyze, and influence the lives of billions. Who are the main players in today’s digital tracking? What can they infer from our purchases, phone calls, web searches, and Facebook likes? How do online platforms, tech companies, and data...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Techdirt: Strong Crypto Is Not The Problem: Manchester And London Attackers Were Known To The Authorities »

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-12 - Original post - cached version

Techdirt: Theresa May Tries To Push Forward With Plans To Kill Encryption, While Her Party Plots Via Encrypted Whatsapp »

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-11 - Original post - cached version

• What role the rights granted by the Charter of Fundamental Rights of the European Union plays: in particular, what is the relationship between copyright protection (Article 17(2)) and freedom of the arts (Article 13)?

• (C)can copyright protection be trumped by the need to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-10 - Original post - cached version

At its inception, the internet was a beautifully idealistic and equal place. But the world sucks and we’ve continuously made it more and more centralized, taking power away from users and handing it over to big companies. And the worst thing is that we can’t fix it — we can only make...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-10 - Original post - cached version

Yesterday, Friday, the Russian Duma held its first (of three) readings to adopt a law making use of TOR and VPN illegal.

The plan is to make access to sites blocked by net censor authority Roskomnadzor illegal. And there are plenty of them.

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

A newly discovered patent application shows Facebook has come up with plans to potentially spy on its users through their phone or laptop cameras—even when they’re not turned on. This could allow it to send tailored advertisements to its nearly two billion members. The application,...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Today the European Parliaments committee for the internal market (IMCO) has voted on the new EU copyright package.

The »censorship machine« (demanding that net platforms and ISP:s should filter all user uploaded content) fell. This is a victory for a free and open Internet.


HAX on 5July - 2017-06-08 - Original post - cached version

Facebook has presented a function for generating »heatmaps« of users at e.g. natural disasters. Techcrunch explains:

A new initiative from Facebook will provide aid organizations with location data for users in affected areas, such as where people are marking themselves safe...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version

At some point, and probably sooner than we think, the current left and right offerings of the major parties, including (perhaps especially) the populist, will start to appear ludicrous and unworkable. New political movements and ideas will arrive before long for this industrial...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version

To hold a citizen incommunicado and indefinitely while awaiting trial for the alleged crime of serving as a journalistic source should outrage us all.

Motherboard » Snowden: Prosecuting NSA Leaker Reality Winner Is a ‘Fundamental Threat to the Free Press’ »

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-07 - Original post - cached version

Theresa May has declared she is prepared to rip up human rights laws to impose new restrictions on terror suspects, as she sought to gain control over the security agenda just 36 hours before the polls open.

The Guardian » May: I’ll rip up human rights laws that...

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

To nobody’s surprise also the London Bridge assassins were known to the authorities. One of them has been in a tv-documentary about jihadism. And he was reported trying to convert children he met in a park to Islam. According to himself, he would be prepared to kill his own mother in the name of...

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

Aaron Swartz once said, “It’s no longer OK not to understand how the Internet works.”

BoingBoing: Theresa May wants to ban crypto: here’s what that would cost, and here’s why it won’t work anyway »

This, then, is what Theresa May is proposing...

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

Further, there is something disturbing in this apparent ubiquitous acceptance of profiling by political parties. After all, did you ever consent for the content you post online, the words you type in your messages, the “likes” you post, the website you browse, the places you go, the...

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

A particularly interesting discussion has been unfolding over the past months in the Romanian Parliament, where, on 15 March, the IT&C Committee of the Chamber of Deputies organised a debate on the proposed Directive, in order to collect the views of different stakeholders. After...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-02 - Original post - cached version

People inside the NSA are quick to discount these studies, saying that the data don’t reflect their reality. They claim that there are entire classes of vulnerabilities the NSA uses that are not known in the research world, making rediscovery less likely. This may be true, but the...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-02 - Original post - cached version

“The U.S. is buttressing its paperwork walls with new requirements for social media disclosures as part of revised visa applications.” (…)

“The new questionnaire will ask for social media handles dating back over the last five years and biographical information dating back 15...

HAX on 5July - 2017-06-01 - Original post - cached version

EU Observer:

The European Commission, Parliament and Council (representing member states) agreed on Monday to a €120-million plan to install free wi-fi services in 6,000 to 8,000 municipalities across the EU by 2020. The scheme had been proposed by EU commission president Jean...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-31 - Original post - cached version

Next Thursday, June 8, the European Parliaments Internal Market and Consumer Protection Committee (IMCO) will have its main vote on the EU Copyright Package.

Here a proposal will be hammered out for the parliament’s final plenary vote later this summer. So it’s a very important event. And...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-30 - Original post - cached version

Denmark’s ISPs are collectively putting their foot down and will no longer surrender identifying subscriber information to the copyright industry’s lawyer armies. This follows a ruling in neighboring Norway, where the Supreme Court ruled that ISP Telenor is under no obligation to...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-29 - Original post - cached version

Time and time again it turns out that terrorists have been known to authorities before their attacks.

In the tragic Manchester case, there had been numerous reports on the perpetrator. But these warnings were ignored. (This also happened under PM Theresa Mays watch as UK Secretary of...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-29 - Original post - cached version

Once again there are indications the UK government intends to use the law to lean on encryption. A report in The Sun this week quoted a Conservative minister saying that should the government be re-elected, which polls suggest it will, it will move quickly to compel social media...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-29 - Original post - cached version

Sky Deutschland has won a copyright infringement case against the operator of live streaming site, as well as the provider of the hardware that was used to decrypt a Sky signal. The District Court of Hamburg, Germany, ruled that they must pay €18,000 in damages.

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-27 - Original post - cached version

Techdirt: Piracy Killing Hollywood So Bad That Disney Made More Money In 2016 Than Any Studio Ever »

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Dear all,

Please take notice that the G7 meeting just decided to beef up censorship and control of the Internet.

If you make censorship possible at all – sooner or later it will be used by sinister minds.

Please – do not limit the freedom of speech. We cannot silence or put...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

Check Point researchers revealed a new attack vector which threatens millions of users worldwide – attack by subtitles. By crafting malicious subtitle files, which are then downloaded by a victim’s media player, attackers can take complete control over any type of device via...

HAX on 5July - 2017-05-26 - Original post - cached version

In the EU, member states are pressing on for censorship of online video:

European Union ministers have approved proposals to make social media companies such as Facebook, Twitter and Google’s YouTube tackle videos with hate speech on their platforms.

The proposals,...

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 »


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...


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