Security and privacy

Wordpress becomes target of massive DDoS attack
Wordpress becomes target of massive DDoS attack 07 March 2011

Late last week, the popular hosting service Wordpress had been hit by massive and sustained distributed denial of service (DDoS) attacks .

I Can Stalk U - Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing
I Can Stalk U - Raising awareness about inadvertent information sharing 07 March 2011

The aptly named icanstalku.com attempts to expose the dangers inherent in posting information — in this case pictures — online in a rather unconventional way: the site regularly updates its news feed with individuals’ user names and locations, all gleaned from photos posted to Twitter. For ex

Irresponsible Pakistani media and authorities violates rape victim's privacy
Irresponsible Pakistani media and authorities violates rape victim's privacy 21 December 2010

One women was raped and another beaten in Pakistan. Both electronic media and law enforcing agencies, rather than respecting the survivors’ privacy, publicly identified them by their names and gave irrelevant information about them (that they were returning from a ‘dance party’ at 2:00 am), reinforcing the ‘she asked for it’ mindset. The rape survivor withdrew her case. Read the ...

Cyberspace-A new front of war
Cyberspace-A new front of war 16 December 2010

The incidents of war happened in the real world is mirrored in cyber space, given the recent incidents of hacking of government websites by state or non state group of hackers for political, military, espionage purposes.

Digital Age: Parents and Children Warned about Risks Related to Internet
Digital Age: Parents and Children Warned about Risks Related to Internet 15 December 2010

The OneWorld Platform for Southeast Europe (owpsee) promotes the values of internet as an extremely useful tool and resource for acquisition of new knowledge, but at the same time warns about the possible dangers of abuse of children on internet.

Internet rights are human rights
Internet rights are human rights 22 November 2010

Restricting free expression, association and the free flow of information on the internet has become a global trend and its intensity and impact is greatest in countries lacking a culture of democracy or strong human rights regimes. People who speak out against repression risk their own freedom and safety and the sites that carry their online denouncements are often censored or banned. A new AP...

Technology, privacy and violence against Argentinian women
Technology, privacy and violence against Argentinian women 22 August 2010

Women in Argentina discuss ICTs and violence against women at a workshopA recent consultation held by APC in Buenos Aires found that cell phones are becoming increasingly regarded as a way for men to harrass and monitor their wives and girlfriends. While a number of laws protecting women’s rights have just been passed, they are yet to be tested in court. This GenderIT.org article looks at th...

South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off
South Africa: Privacy and domestic violence online and off 22 August 2010

While women’s rights activists have been at the forefront of making the private crimes that occur at home – domestic violence, marital rape – public, new technologies are making the private public in ways that disenfranchise, alienate and violate women. Esther Nasikye and Sally-Jean Shackleton explore how ICTs, privacy and domestic violence in South Africa are exposing problem...

Three “Cyber Evils” in South Korea
Three “Cyber Evils” in South Korea 09 August 2010

Since South Korea’s conservative president was sworn in in 2008, administrative control on internet content has been getting progressively tighter in South Korea, a country with the second most connected population on Earth. Progressive groups criticise the government’s “three cyber evils”: the cyber insult law, the internet “real name” system and deep packet inspection to m...

Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities
Progressive techies declare their rights - and responsibilities 02 August 2010

At the United States Social Forum on June 24 fifty politically progressive technologists came together for the first US Progressive Techie Congress. The Congress emerged with a statement applauded by other socially-responsible networks like the APC as “a great set of principles”.