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While the entire “Licences for Europe”1 project has been through a lot of turmoil and subsequently criticised for its lack of credibility, the so-called “Working Group 2 on User-Generated Content” takes absurdity to a whole new dictionary-changing level. [...]
At a subsequent meeting, Ms Morenets did finally turn up. After repeated questioning about if or how she could claim to represent the Youth IGF, she changed her affiliation and said that she was representing “Together Against Cybercrime”. As a representative of Internet users, her organisation is listed as “civil society” at an event she is organising at the Internet Governance Forum. On the other hand, her profile on the IGF website describes her as the CEO of her own consulting company, and explains that it is “a consultancy firm specialised in research of European funding opportunities and sponsoring, especially in the field of ICT programs and the protection of intellectual property rights.” [...]
The New York Times has exposed how European Commission officials in meetings with big business lobbyists discussed demands by BusienssEurope and the US Chamber of Commerce to get a formal role in 'regulatory cooperation' to emerge from a future EU-US trade agreement (TTIP). You can read the documents ('released in error' following freedom-of-information requests) here: [...]
A common theme is developing. Every time a study attempts to recognize that piracy is not all doom and gloom, industry lobbyists jump in to discredit the research. This happened again this week when the MPAA “debunked” a London School of Economics paper that countered several industry conclusions regarding online piracy. Talking to TorrentFreak, one of the report’s authors says that Hollywood’s response is totally expected and exemplary of the ideological distortion of the file-sharing debate. [...]
“The main problem here is that the copyright and file sharing debate is waged in a highly ideological fashion. In other words, the industry is itself guilty of the allegations it fields at us. A closer reading of what we actually say in the reports shows furthermore that the industry has misread what we actually say.” [...]
Long before trade negotiations began with the United States this summer, European officials were consulting with business leaders from both sides of the Atlantic on how to structure a free-trade pact. [...]
“I would say it shows two things — first, the enormous privileged access DG Trade grants big business lobby groups to set the agenda for the negotiations,” she said, referring to the name of the European Commission trade ministry. The second revelation in the documents, she said, is how the business community wants to use the trade talks “to change the way legislation is being done.”
“And it is quite striking,” Ms. Eberhart added, “to see how much energy the commission puts into dealing with these proposals and how seriously they take them, and how they are taken as a guide.” [...]
The EU plans to reform its data protection law. The new rules propose to include the right to be forgotten, and access to personal data. But crucial principles could be watered down by policymakers, Joe McNamee told DW. [...]
It's quite extraordinary how little impact those revelations1 have actually caused. There is a little bit of movement with regard to issues concerning export of data to third countries, in particular in respect to export to the US.
But there's been pretty much no impact on the wider issues on whether companies should be allowed to collect vast databases, collect data without consent, and profile people without consent. Those issues are continuing exactly as before. As if the fact that private companies will be allowed to create massive private databases will not in any way influence the amount that foreign governments will then want to gain access to these private databases. It's really quite unbelievable how little influence these revelations have had. [...]
It's a matter of complete bafflement to me that parliamentarians, in particular, are acting as if they have complete impunity, that nobody is watching them and that they can happily dismantle our fundamental rights- despite the fact that they will be coming to citizens over the coming months asking for their vote. [...]
- 1. Snowden's revelations.
Jacob Appelbaum has been called the "most dangerous man in cyberspace". But he's not, and it's a tag that pisses him off. Because, in reality, Appelbaum is merely a renowned cyber-security expert who happens to be one of the developers for the Tor Project, a collaborator with WikiLeaks (he's co-authoring a book with Julian Assange), and a trusted confidante of Edward Snowden confidante Laura Poitras, with whom he's working on the NSA leaks for Der Spiegel. [...]
The utopian worlds we used to think about were these future perfect worlds, and I think now one of the utopian ideals that people have is the idea that you can still have democracy, which is a very sad utopian goal in my mind. [...]
They know damn well that they’re violating everyone’s rights; they’re breaking the wiretap act so often you can’t even begin to punish them. If they just wiretapped one person one time it would be a major felony, but if you do it 330 million times a second, what is that? Well, it’s not a conspiracy theory, it’s a business plan. [...]
nvestigation uncovers FSB surveillance system – branded 'Prism on steroids' – to listen to all athletes and visitors. [...]
The Sorm system is being modernised across Russia, but particular attention has been paid to Sochi given the large number of foreign visitors expected next year. Technical specifications set out by the Russian state telecoms agency also show that a controversial technology known as deep packet inspection, which allows intelligence agencies to filter users by particular keywords, is being installed across Russia's networks, and is required to be compatible with the Sorm system. [...]
Ron Deibert, a professor at the University of Toronto and director of Citizen Lab, which co-operated with the Sochi research, describes the Sorm amendments as "Prism on steroids" [...]
In the end, the goal is overarching, but simple, says Soldatov: "Russian authorities want to make sure that every connection and every move made online in Sochi during the Olympics will be absolutely transparent to the secret services of the country."
Le rivelazioni di Edward Snowden sui programmi di raccolta di informazioni da parte della National Security Agency, resi possibili grazie alla collaborazione dei colossi della rete, non avrebbero dovuto stupirci. Di certo non hanno stupito Stefano Rodotà. L’ex Garante della privacy si era trovato, in sede europea, a dover interloquire con la controparte statunitense, per regolamentare il flusso di dati personali tra le due sponde dell’Atlantico. Da quell’osservatorio privilegiato aveva potuto intuire ciò che l’opinione pubblica ha conosciuto grazie al cosiddetto Datagate: una “joint venture” tra agenzie pubbliche di intelligence e multinazionali del web per aver accesso a dati riservati degli utenti di internet. [...]
La consapevolezza etica deve far però i conti con la tecnica. Le tecnologie vanno si inquadrate in un più vasto orizzonte politico e di critica sociale. Ma da qualcosa bisogna pur cominciare. E allora, lo ha ben ricordato Jérémie Zimmerman, fondatore e portavoce del gruppo francese La Quadrature du net tra i principali protagonisti della battaglia che ha portato all’abbandono del discusso accordo Acta, bisogna sporcarsi le mani con questioni tecniche imprescindibili come la natura decentralizzate delle infrastrutture di comunicazione, la neutralità della rete, la crittografia ed il software libero. “Gli utenti dovrebbero appropriarsi di alcuni concetti tecnologici, per capire come ricostruire ex novo determinate tecnologie, o magari per abbandonarle del tutto. O forse più semplicemente, per ritornare a comprendere cosa significa essere offline”. [...]
As the second round of negotiations on the proposed EU-US trade agreementkick off in Brussels next week, a new report published by the Seattle to Brussels Network (S2B) today reveals the true human and environmental costs of an EU-US Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP/TAFTA). […]
The report also explains how the corporations are lobbying EU-US trade negotiators to use the deal to weaken food safety, labour, health and environmental standards as well as undermine digital rights. […]
The UK spy agency GCHQ is facing a legal challenge in the European courts over claims that its mass online surveillance programmes have breached the privacy of tens of millions of people across the UK and Europe. […]
The principal piece of legislation used by the UK government to oversee the collection of data is the Regulation of Investigatory Powers Act (Ripa). It has been in force since 2000 and is used by British intelligence to provide legal authority for the Tempora programme, which gives GCHQ, based in Cheltenham, the ability to tap into vast amounts of data carried by undersea internet cables. Separately, the Prism programme set up to help the US monitor traffic of potential suspects abroad was used by GCHQ to generate 197 intelligence reports […]
Jim Killock, executive director of Open Rights Group, said the extent of the UK and US surveillance created risks for everyone and placed "extreme degrees of power in the hands of secret agencies."
"This is made worse by the lack of democratic accountability and judicial oversight. People living across the UK, Europe, the USA and beyond need the courts to protect their rights and start the process of re-establishing public trust." […]