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[Arstechnica] "Shadowy" anti-net neutrality group flooded FCC with comments

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"A shadowy organization with ties to the Koch Brothers" spearheaded an anti-net neutrality form letter writing campaign that tipped the scales against net neutrality proponents, according to an analysis released today by the Sunlight Foundation. […]

"In marked contrast to the first round, anti-net neutrality commenters mobilized in force for this round, and comprised the majority of overall comments submitted, at 60 percent," the Sunlight Foundation wrote. "We attribute this shift almost entirely to the form-letter initiatives of a single organization, American Commitment, who are single-handedly responsible for 56.5 percent of the comments in this round." […]

We previously wrote about the anti-net neutrality form letter campaign. The Sunlight Foundation describes American Commitment as "a 501(c)(4) social welfare group founded in 2011, [which] has gotten money from and given money to a variety of groups with ties to Charles and David Koch, mega-wealthy siblings who have underwritten many conservative campaigns and candidates." […]

http://arstechnica.com/business/2014/12/shadowy-anti-net-neutrality-grou...

[TheVerge] Project Goliath: Inside Hollywood's secret war against Google

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SOPA was just the beginning. What is "Goliath" and why are Hollywood’s most powerful lawyers working to kill it? […]

At the beginning of this year, the MPAA and six studios — Universal, Sony, Fox, Paramount, Warner Bros., and Disney — joined together to begin a new campaign against piracy on the web. A January 25th email lays out a series of legally and technically ambitious new tools, including new measures that would block infringing sites from reaching customers of many major ISPs. Documents reviewed by The Verge detail the beginning of a new plan to attack piracy after the federal SOPA efforts failed by working with state attorneys general and major ISPs like Comcast to expand court power over the way data is served. If successful, the result would fundamentally alter the open nature of the internet. […]

"We start from the premise that site blocking is a means to an end," says MPAA general counsel Steven Fabrizio. "There may be other equally effective measures ISPs can take, and that they might be more willing to take voluntarily." According to the email, the group has retained its own technical experts and is working with Comcast (which owns Universal) to develop techniques for blocking or identifying illegally shared files in transit. […]

http://www.theverge.com/2014/12/12/7382287/project-goliath

[TheIntercept] Operation AURORAGOLD : How the NSA Hacks Cellphone Networks Worldwide

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[...] According to documents contained in the archive of material provided to The Intercept by whistleblower Edward Snowden, the NSA has spied on hundreds of companies and organizations internationally, including in countries closely allied to the United States, in an effort to find security weaknesses in cellphone technology that it can exploit for surveillance. [...]

[...] Codenamed AURORAGOLD, the covert operation has monitored the content of messages sent and received by more than 1,200 email accounts associated with major cellphone network operators, intercepting confidential company planning papers that help the NSA hack into phone networks. [...]

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/04/nsa-auroragold-hack-cellphones/

[EurActiv] TTIP elephants hiding behind ISDS

The controversy surrounding the inclusion of the Investor-State Dispute Settlement clause in the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) is seen by some as a smokescreen for ideological opposition to the treaty, and is perceived as a way to divert attention from other likely hotspots in the negotiations. [...]

Various clauses within the proposed regulation would effect the larger US companies offering so-called “over-the-top” data services, such as Google and Amazon, and more significantly the burgeoning cloud computing sector. [...]

With Germany and France – and new Digital Affairs Commissioner Günther Oettinger – notably hardening their stance on Google in recent weeks, and calling for a stronger EU response to perceived competition abuse by the US giant, the scope for data issues yet to effect TTIP is immense.
One source close to the US industry who spoke on condition of anonymity told EurActiv last year: “At the moment, it is looking like a trade dispute over the data sector is as likely to emerge between the US and EU before any trade agreement emerges.” [...]

In the end, data flows will have to come onto the table. The TTIP cannot be agreed before that happens,” one senior negotiator close to the TTIP talks told EurActiv last month on condition of anonymity. [...]

http://www.euractiv.com/sections/ttip-and-arbitration-clause/ttip-elepha...

[Firstlook] Operation Socialist: How GCHQ Spies Hacked Belgium's Largest Telco

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When the incoming emails stopped arriving, it seemed innocuous at first. But it would eventually become clear that this was no routine technical problem. Inside a row of gray office buildings in Brussels, a major hacking attack was in progress. And the perpetrators were British government spies. [...]

Last year, documents from National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden confirmed that British surveillance agency Government Communications Headquarters was behind the attack, codenamed Operation Socialist. And in November, The Intercept revealed that the malware found on Belgacom’s systems was one of the most advanced spy tools ever identified by security researchers, who named it “Regin.” [...]

The glitch was left unresolved until June 2013, when there was a sudden flare-up. After a Windows software update was sent to Belgacom’s email exchange server, the problems returned, worse than before. The administrators contacted Microsoft for help, questioning whether the new Windows update could be the reason for the fault. But Microsoft, too, struggled to identify exactly what was going wrong. There was still no solution to be found. (Microsoft declined to comment for this story.) [...]

https://firstlook.org/theintercept/2014/12/13/belgacom-hack-gchq-inside-...

[EuObserver] EU commission bans public scrutiny on US data talks

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BRUSSELS - The European Commission is imposing gag orders on MEPs and preventing journalists access to discussions at the parliament’s civil liberties committee. […]

A minor protest erupted at the Safe Harbour session in the committee last week when far-left MEP German Cornelia Ernst along with Dutch liberal Sophie In't Veld voted to suspend the so-called in-camera session. In-camera sessions are not open to the public. It also means MEPs are under threat of sanctions should they discuss the issue outside the room. […]

Data law in question:

Safe Harbour is enforced by the US Federal Trade Commission and is supposed to ensure US firms follow EU data protection laws when processing the personal data of EU citizens. […]

The Americans are unhappy with the commission’s proposal to require companies to publish the privacy conditions of any contract they conclude with subcontractors.[…]

Companies, under certain US Patriot Act provisions, are banned from notifying the data subject or the data protection authority in Europe should US authorities request access to the personal details of an EU national. […]

http://euobserver.com/justice/126876

[TorrentFreak] Swedish Police Raid The Pirate Bay, Site Offline

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Police in Sweden carried out a raid in Stockholm today, seizing servers, computers, and other equipment. At the same time The Pirate Bay and several other torrent-related sites disappeared offline. Although no official statement has been made, TF sources confirm action against TPB. […]

“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” read a statement from Paul Pintér, police national coordinator for IP enforcement. […]

While it seems certain that The Pirate Bay has been targeted today, it was not the only casualty. Several other torrent related sites including EZTV, Zoink, Torrage and the Istole tracker are also down. […]

http://torrentfreak.com/swedish-police-raid-the-pirate-bay-site-offline-...

[Wired] Peter Sunde: 'I went to jail for my cause. What did you do?'

petersundeA guest post in Wired by Peter Sunde, original co-founder of The Pirate Bay and more recently Flattr.

"The Pirate Bay was shut down. It tilted people's brains into knowing that tomorrow, their favorite TV show must be downloaded somewhere else. They thought about it a bit more and decided this is the beginning of a slippery slope. [...] That this thing, that we're centralising the internet, having just a handful of centralised services, mostly owned by companies in one single country, a country that doesn't care about borders when it comes to their own gauntlets, is not a great idea. A movement is forming. [...]

We stopped ACTA. We stopped SOPA, PIPA. We're working on stopping TTIP. We have people in parliament. Because that's the way we work now. The internet has become mainstream. We can't just run around as wild activists doing whatever we want. We need to do it in an orderly fashion. [...]"

http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2014-12/11/peter-sunde

[Arstechnica] The predictable result of Spain's "Google tax": No more Google News

imageGoogle News will shortly shut down in Spain, the first time the news-search service has abandoned an entire national market. The move is a response to Spain's new intellectual property law, which would require Google to pay publishers in that country for publishing even small excerpts of their content. [...]

The Spanish "Google tax" effort followed shortly after German publishers gave up their effort to get an 11 percent cut of gross revenue from Google News.

http://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2014/12/the-predictable-result-of-spa...

[NYTimes] French Official Campaigns to Make ‘Right to be Forgotten’ Global

Europe is pressing for its ‘‘right to be forgotten’’ ruling to go global.

The privacy decision, which allows individuals to ask that links leading to information about themselves be removed from search engine results, has been gaining traction worldwide ever since European officials released guidelines last week that demanded Google and others apply the ruling across their entire search empires.

And on Wednesday, Isabelle Falque-Pierrotin, who heads the French data protection authority and has campaigned heavily for expanding the ruling, defended European efforts to force search engines to apply the ruling to search results outside of Europe. [...]

http://bits.blogs.nytimes.com/2014/12/03/french-official-campaigns-to-ma...

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