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06 April 2016
US wannabe Republican candidate Senator Ted Cruz and his crazy co-conspirators, all Republicans of course, have sent another letter to ICANN accusing them of stonewalling Congress over a series of unanswered questions that remain from previous congressional oversight letters concerning ICANN's relationship with the Chinese government and the planned transition away from U.S. government oversight of the internet.
Architect of China's 'Great Firewall' Bumps Into It (New York Times)
Anyone who tries to scramble over China's "Great Firewall" knows the feeling of frustration when those attempts fail. So, too, does the man credited with developing the system, which blocks access to unapproved foreign websites.
Mick Moran has a clear, strong message: "People need to realise, these are kids being abused to produce this material. These are children, real children in these images."
Whatsapp adds end-to-end encryption (BBC News)
Instant messaging service Whatsapp has announced it will encrypt all its users' communications from Tuesday.
05 April 2016
It took me a while to getting around to reviewing this Tigra Sport BikeConsole. Some ill health, becoming a proud dog dad and being a bit, well, lazy. But finally it happened. The dog was away for a few days and I got back on my bicycle.
Internet of Things raises privacy, security concerns, White House official tells ABA (American Bar Association)
At an American Bar Association Section of Science & Technology Law program on March 30, Ed Felten, deputy U.S. chief technology officer at the White House Office of Science and Technology Policy, said the world is in the midst of a technology transition. At the center of this transition is the Internet of Things -basically defined as the network of physical devices embedded with electronics that allow the objects to collect and exchange data.
Technology Upgrades Get White House Out of the 20th Century (New York Times)
Can you run the country with spotty Wi-Fi, computers that power on and off randomly and desktop speakerphones from Radio Shack, circa 1985?
04 April 2016
Teenage Sexting Is Not Child Porn (New York Times)
Teenagers who sext are in a precarious legal position. Though in most states teenagers who are close in age can legally have consensual sex, if they create and share sexually explicit images of themselves, they are technically producing, distributing or possessing child pornography. The laws that cover this situation, passed decades ago, were meant to apply to adults who exploited children and require those convicted under them to register as sex offenders.
British mobile phone users are one data breach away from having the routines of their daily lives revealed to criminals, privacy campaigners have said.
03 April 2016
EFF to Copyright Office: Improper Content Takedowns Hurt Online Free Expression (Electronic Frontier Foundation)
Content takedowns based on unfounded copyright claims are hurting online free expression, the Electronic Frontier Foundation told the U.S. Copyright Office Friday, arguing that any reform of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act (DMCA) should focus on protecting Internet speech and creativity.
Jurisdiction on the Internet: From Legal Arms Race to Transnational Cooperation by B. de La Chapelle and Paul Fehlinger (Centre for International Governance Innovation)
The cross-border Internet and its online spaces span a fragmented patchwork of national jurisdictions. As connectivity and Internet penetration increase, so do the conflicts between jurisdictions. Such conflicts challenge the Westphalian international system, and traditional modes of legal cooperation struggle to resolve these jurisdictional tensions. Extreme application of the principle of territoriality and the exertion of digital sovereignty put the global community on a dangerous path if employed on the global scale. If nothing is done, this legal arms race could lead to severe unintended consequences for the future of the global digital economy, human rights, the technical Internet infrastructure and security.
30 March 2016
The Chinese government has issued a draft regulation that potentially could see domain names registered outside China blocked.
Evolution of the internet: How the internet lost its free spirit: Book Review - Splinternet: How Geopolitics and Commerce are Fragmenting the World Wide Web (The Economist)
Rarely has a manifesto been so wrong. "A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace", written 20 years ago by John Perry Barlow, a digital civil-libertarian, begins thus: "Governments of the Industrial World, you weary giants of flesh and steel, I come from Cyberspace, the new home of Mind. On behalf of the future, I ask you of the past to leave us alone. You are not welcome among us. You have no sovereignty where we gather."
By now, the fact that transatlantic democratic capitalism, once the engine of postwar prosperity, has run into trouble can hardly be denied by anyone with the courage to browse a daily newspaper.
The anatomy of a nation-state hack attack (BBC News)
Cyber-security is not all about cyber-thieves. It is about cyber-spies too. Mixed in among the spam, phishing messages and booby-trapped emails that land in your inbox might be the odd message crafted by hackers working for a government rather than a group of criminals.
Why the arms race between the FBI and Apple is only getting started (Washington Post)
The U.S. government's revelation that it had accessed the San Bernardino shooter's iPhone without the help from Apple that it had so desperately sought indicates the FBI was either disguising its technical capabilities or its agents and employees remain outmatched by tech workers in the private sector, according to current and former bureau officials and legal scholars.
29 March 2016
A furious legal battle over digital privacy in the age of the iPhone ended on Monday with no clear winner -- only lingering questions over what will happen the next time the government tries to force Apple to help break into one of its own phones.
Why Apple and Google are struggling to design simple software (Washington Post)
I was recently reminded of this when I tried to quickly snap a picture at a recent Apple event. I tried to double-click the home button on my locked Galaxy S6 to call up the camera. But I took just a moment too long, triggered the fingerprint reader and unlocked my phone instead -- and completely missed the shot.
28 March 2016
American Tech Giants Face Fight in Europe Over Encrypted Data (New York Times)
Silicon Valley's battle over encryption is heading to Europe. In the United States, the F.B.I.'s demands that Apple help "unlock" an iPhone used by a mass killer in California opened a heated debate on privacy. After recent attacks on the Continent, like the bombings in Brussels last week and the wave of violence in Paris last November, governments across the European Union are increasingly pushing for greater access to people's digital lives.
26 March 2016
More than half of teachers are aware of incidents of children sextingat their school, including primary-school pupils as young as seven, according to a study by one teaching union.
25 March 2016
The French data protection authority has fined Google for failing to implement the so-called right to be forgotten as ordered.
Days after US music industry body the RIAA criticised YouTube over its music royalties, British equivalent the BPI has fired its latest shots at parent company Google over piracy.
24 March 2016
In a shock announcement Thursday, the Board of auDA announced it was ending the contract of CEO, Chris Disspain. According to a news release, Mr Disspain's contract was due for renewal later this year, but the Board agreed new leadership was required to take the organisation forward.
23 March 2016
What it looks like when the Internet suddenly disappears, in 4 charts (Washington Post)
Early one afternoon in November, Internet activity in Bangladesh fell off a cliff. The drop -- to 5 percent of typical activity -- lasted only an hour, but traffic would not return to normal levels for weeks. The cause? A reportedly government-ordered shutdown in the wake of a court ruling upholding a death penalty verdict in a high-profile war crimes trial.
No-TV households not catching up online, UK report finds (Daily Telegraph)
For decades, parents have been worrying about their children's square eyes as they tune in to more and more television.