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Turkey passes new laws to enable rapid Internet censorship.

Turkey passed legislation to allow the government to censor access to websites within four hours of receiving an allegation of privacy violations. WSJ Article behind paywall.  CNET Article The law also requires web hosts to store all traffic information for two years. While the putative purpose of the legislation is privacy protection, it is widely [...]

Christian Science Monitor: Privacy concerns? What Google now says it can do with your data (+video)

The Christian Science Monitor considers the issue of privacy and Internet services giant Google: Against a backdrop of growing privacy concerns, with every week bringing revelations of data breaches at government or corporate websites, online search behemoth Google quietly updated its terms of service Monday, spelling out just how much personal data it mines as [...]

TechCrunch: HP Finds Mobile Tax Apps Lacking On Security, Privacy

TechCrunch reports on security and privacy problems with some mobile tax apps: As the clock ticks toward midnight, putting an end to tax day 2014, Hewlett-Packard is warning consumers of mobile tax and finance apps that they may want to audit their own usage. According to the HP Audit, more than 90 percent of the applications the [...]

A novel use for Anonymizer Universal

INFO: Maintaining a connection on the Verizon Novatel MIFI 4510L | Kurt Shintaku’s Blog The linked blog is from last year, but just came to my attention. It discusses a use for Anonymizer Universal that I had not thought about before. The author’s problem was that his MiFi mobile hotspot kept dropping the connection any [...]

Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED: Hollywood-style surveillance technology inches closer to reality

The Center for Investigative Reporting and KQED looked into emerging surveillance technologies that could have a significant impact on the privacy rights of individuals: [Ross McNutt] and his Ohio-based company, Persistent Surveillance Systems, persuaded the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department to use his surveillance technology to monitor Compton’s streets from the air and track suspects [...]

DHS Releases First Annual Privacy and Civil Liberties Assessment Report

The Department of Homeland Security’s Privacy Office has released its first annual “Privacy and Civil Liberties Assessment Report” (DHS pdf; archive pdf). The office said, “Executive Order 13636, Improving Critical Infrastructure Cybersecurity, requires that senior agency officials for privacy and civil liberties assess the privacy and civil liberties impacts of the activities their respective departments and agencies [...]

Fighting PNG corruption and social media gags with … outspoken blogs

Graphic: shutterstock.com THE BLOGGING war is hotting up in Papua New Guinea – just when things are getting riskier with draconian proposals over cybercrime law on the horizon. The state target for Prime Minister Peter O’Neill’s government appears to be social media. Trample on any possible dissent. O’Neill is seen as a proxy for Canberra’s [...]

Center for Public Integrity’s Dark Journalism

Occasionally, I go onto job boards to see what’s out there in the job market.  In one of those searches last fall, I stumbled across this – an opening at the Center for Public Integrity for a “Politics of Broadband” reporter: The CPI is a self-appointed watchdog that takes its main support from progressive advocacy [...]

Border ‘butchers’, absentee poll reps and West Papua’s growing strife

A West Papuan in handcuffs at a recent “Free West Papuans” rally in Auckland. Photo: Del Abcede/PMC THE INDONESIAN parliamentary elections this week were disappointing on a number of fronts, especially for presidential frontrunner Jakarta Governor Joko “Jokowi” Widodo. His Democratic Party of Struggle (PDI-P) which gained just 19 percent of the vote, was far [...]

Do sanctions prevent dissidents from accessing secure communications tools?

US Tech Sanctions In Sudan Are Empowering The Regime, Tamping Down Opposition | Techdirt This article makes an interesting argument that sanctions against repressive regimes, particularly sanctions that block providing communications and security technologies to end users, harm dissidents more than they do the repressive regimes they are designed to target. In particular, companies are [...]