Security and privacy

US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM
US-based surveillance and data collection: New UN report provides guidance on PRISM 13 June 2013

As leaked classified documents reveal widespread surveillance by the US National Security Agency, the latest report by the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, Frank La Rue, examines implications of States’ surveillance of communications on fundamental rights.

New research suggests that governments may fake SSL certificates
New research suggests that governments may fake SSL certificates 10 June 2013

This is a fragment of a blog post by Seth Schoen published on the EEF website Today two computer security researchers, Christopher Soghoian and Sid Stamm, released a draft of a forthcoming research paper in

US government surveillance: Civil society calls on Human Rights Council
US government surveillance: Civil society calls on Human Rights Council 10 June 2013

After recent revelations of surveillance of internet and telephone communications of US and non-US nationals by the government of the United States civil society calls on the Human Rights Council to act swiftly to prevent the creation of a global Internet based surveillance system.

APCNews interviews Alex Comninos on developing a cybersecurity agenda for civil society
APCNews interviews Alex Comninos on developing a cybersecurity agenda for civil society 16 May 2013

APC has released a new issue paper, “A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake?” For the release of this issue paper, author Alex Comninos spoke with APC’s Shawna Finnegan about cybersecurity, ICTs for human security and conflict prevention, and the challenges faced by civil society.

Freenet? film project launched in Brazil examines internet rights
Freenet? film project launched in Brazil examines internet rights 03 May 2013

“Who controls the web? On whose behalf? How free are we really to access content?” These are questions that are being asked and answered by a global, crowd-sourced film project. Instituto Nupef, APC member in Brazil, has launched a collaborative documentary film project.

A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake?
A cyber security agenda for civil society: what is at stake? 03 May 2013

The security of digital networks and of networked digital information is increasingly important to stakeholders in governments, the private sector and civil society. This paper introduces some important conceptual is- sues in cyber security; investigates some important cyber security threats, and provides suggestions on what a civil society approach to cyber security should look like.

The Guardian hosts live debate Thursday 11 April on ICTs and social justice
The Guardian hosts live debate Thursday 11 April on ICTs and social justice 10 April 2013

This Thursday at 12:00 UTC, Jennifer Radloff, Connect Your Rights! project coordinator will be joining an expert panel to discuss how social justice organisations use ICTs in their work and the digital security risks involved. The event is open to anyone registered at www.guardian.co.uk and can also be followed on Twitter at #globaldevlive.

Now in Spanish: Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders
Now in Spanish: Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders 11 March 2013

APC’s Connect Your Rights! campaign just released a long-awaited Spanish version of its “Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders.” Now a completely bilingual resource for human rights defenders, the interactive website publication is available in Spanish at http://derechos.apc.org/infoseguridad.

APC launches Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders
APC launches Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders 29 January 2013

The Association for Progressive Communications today released a new resource “Digital security first-aid kit for human rights defenders.” It is an interactive website publication available online at http://rights.apc.org/infosec

Pakistan: Bloggers and journalists to duck digital threats
Pakistan: Bloggers and journalists to duck digital threats 12 September 2012

“Pakistan is among the world’s most dangerous places for journalists,” reads a report recently produced and published by Bytes For All, Pakistan. Based on a research survey commissioned by Internews, the report takes a hard look at the awareness Pakistani journalists and bloggers have of their own digital security.