Security & privacy

Secure My Video Guide - a work in progress

EngageMedia has released the Secure My Video Guide, which contributes “to best practice tactics ensuring the publication and access to social justice video is secure under volatile conditions.” The guide is an open document, a work in progress and encourages contributions.

Women human rights defenders and the internet

PRAGUE 23 September 2011 (GenderIT.org for GenderIT.org)

GenderIT examines the risks many activists face online. “Security emerged not only as one of the main topics in our interviews but also forced us to change our ways of working so that we didn’t jeopardise the safety of our interviewees,” say the editors. A must read.

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Should the private sector protect our online privacy?

OTTAWA 21 September 2011 (GJ for APCNews)

Increasingly governments are delegating responsibility for content restriction, surveillance, and even internet blackouts to private companies. APCNews spoke with Milka Pietikainen, Head of Corporate Social Responsibility at Nokia Siemens about the role of the private sector in protecting our rights.

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Big Brother comes of age

Ottawa

Not to be outdone by their neighbours to the south, Canada is now a late entry to the Big Brother Awards.

London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet

JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON 15 August 2011 (APC/GreenNet for APCNews)

Following last week’s riots, British PM David Cameron said that his government is considering a crackdown on online communications. However he forgets that the same websites and phone networks were also used to locate friends and plan safe exits from trouble-spots. APC and GreenNet issue a statement.

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London Riots: Social media does not cause social problems say APC and GreenNet

15 August 2011
JOHANNESBURG AND LONDON 15 August 2011 (APC/GreenNet) -

In the media and in public policy debates fingers were quick to point at the use of social media and mobile phones in spurring on the riots that overwhelmed several English cities last week and in helping looters evade the police.

Anonymous declares war on Facebook. Irony lost on most.

Members of Anonymous — the people who endeared themselves to me by pissing off the Church of Scientology — have recently vowed to destroy our old pal Facebook, claiming that the site spies on its users and gives their information to government agencies.

France to disconnect citizens for file-sharing

France has started to disconnect its first users under its new three strikes system.

That is, if you are caught file-sharing, you are sent an angry letter telling you to stop. If you persist, you get an angrier letter. Three strikes, and you lose your internet connection for six months.

Dear Librarian in Denver: Why are you filtering the internet?

ROSARIO 1 August 2011 (Flavia Fascendini for GenderIT.org)

Controlling what users can and can’t see on computers using filtering software is standard in US libraries. APC questions the Denver Public Library on their filtering policy and practices in a fictional exchange that tackles very real questions of freedom of information.

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