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GCHQ leak lists UK cyber-spies’ hacking tools – BBC

Leo Kelion, BBC News Technology – “A document that appears to list a wide variety of GCHQ’s cyber-spy tools and techniques has been leaked online. It indicates the agency worked on ways to alter the outcome of online polls, find private Facebook photos, and send spoof emails that appeared to be from Blackberry users, among other things. TheContinue Reading

New platform compiles, curates, and presents data on Internet access and controls

“Internet Monitor is a research project to evaluate, describe, and summarize the means, mechanisms, and extent of Internet content controls and Internet activity around the world. The project compiles and curates data from multiple sources, including primary data collected by the Berkman Center and our partners, as well as relevant secondary data. The Internet MonitorContinue Reading

Where the U.S. wiretap hotspots are – Pew

“Four states account for half of the nation’s wiretapping activity, according to a new report from the Administrative Office of U.S. Courts. Nevada leads the nation in the number of wiretaps when population is factored in, according to the annual list of where federal and state judges have authorized law enforcement to monitor phone communicationsContinue Reading

New Data on Unaccompanied Children in Immigration Court

“Records just obtained under the Freedom of Information Act offer new insights about government policies governing the handling of the recent surge of unaccompanied children seeking entry into the U.S. As of the end of June 2014, the more than 100,000 case records obtained and analyzed by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC) show thatContinue Reading

No silver bullet: De-identification still doesn’t work

Arvind Narayanan and Edward W. Felten. July 9, 2014 “Paul Ohm’s 2009 article Broken Promises of Privacy spurred a debate in legal and policy circles on the appropriate response to computer science research on re-identification techniques. In this debate, the empirical research has often been misunderstood or misrepresented. A new report by Ann Cavoukian and Daniel Castro is full of such inaccuracies,Continue Reading

Protection of Children Against Forced Recruitment During Armed Conflicts

Vedantam, Seshaiah Shasthri, Protection of Children Against Forced Recruitment During Armed Conflicts (July 1, 2014). The IUP Law Review, Vol. III, No. 4, October 2013, pp. 7-19. Available for download at SSRN: http://ssrn.com/abstract=2461078 “Armed conflicts innately represent the struggle of organized armed forces over assertive armed rebel groups in relation to the control of human andContinue Reading

World Trends in Freedom of Expression and Media Development

“Freedom of expression in general, and media development in particular, are core to  UNESCO’s constitutional mandate to advance ‘the mutual knowledge and understanding  of peoples, through all means of mass communication’ and promoting ‘the free flow of ideas by word and image.’ For UNESCO, press freedom is a corollary of the general right to freedomContinue Reading

Dignified Jobs and Decent Wages The Next 50 Years of Civil Rights and Economic Justice

Center for American Progress, Maryam Adamu | July 10, 2014: “This year marks the 50th anniversary of the Civil Rights Act of 1964. Years of organizing and civil disobedience culminated in a seminal piece of legislation prohibiting discrimination based on race, color, religion, national origin, and sex. A few years after the Civil Rights Act was passed, MartinContinue Reading

NGOs Launch Digital First Aid Kit

Via EFF – “When faced with a digital emergency—whether someone has hijacked your social media account or your website is being DDoSed—can be difficult for non-technical people to discern what the problem is and what the appropriate next steps may be for seeking help. To help fill this niche in the universe of privacy andContinue Reading

EPIC Defends FOIA Victory in Federal Appeals Court

“EPIC has filed a brief in response to an appeal by the Department of Justice in EPIC v. DHS, concerning the government policy to disrupt cellular networks. EPIC won a major FOIA victory when a federal district court ruled that the DHS could not withhold “SOP 303,” a government procedure to shut down cellular phone service. EPIC sought theContinue Reading

Juvenile Cases Help Push Immigration Court Backlog to New High

“As of the end of June 2014, the number of cases awaiting resolution before the Immigration Courts has climbed to an all time high of 375,503 — an increase of more than 50,000 since the start of FY 2013 — according to very timely government enforcement data obtained by the Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse (TRAC)Continue Reading

Forward Secrecy Brings Better Long-Term Privacy to Wikipedia

EFF – “Wikipedia readers and editors can now enjoy a higher level of long-term privacy, thanks to the Wikimedia Foundation’s rollout last week of forward secrecy on its encrypted connections. Forward secrecy is an important Web privacy protection; we’ve been tracking its implementation across many popular sites with our Encrypt the Web Report. And though it may soundContinue Reading