Security and privacy

Search warrant at Montreal ISP's offices
Search warrant at Montreal ISP's offices 26 March 2008 Koumbit Networks

On Tuesday March 18 2008, the Internet Service Provider Koumbit Network of Montreal, Canada was visited by two inspectors of the arson investigation department accompanied by two police officers and a search warrant. This follows the publication of articles on Indymedia Quebec, a news website hosted on Koumbit’s servers. Réseau Koumbit The search warrant authorised the police to seize all computers present in Koumbit’s office, even though the servers in question are not physical...

Bytes for All, Bangladesh
Bytes for All, Bangladesh 06 March 2008

Bytes for All is a networked space for citizens in South Asia. It experiments, highlights and organizes debate on the relevance of ICT to development activities. Bytes for All has more than 2000 subscribers and ten admin members who run the network. Bytes for All does not have any formal structure, yet the organisation undertakes different projects on its members' personal capacity, surviving themselves and contributing their own time and resources to sustain the netw...

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet
Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet 05 March 2008

Korean Progressive Network Jinbonet is a non-governmental organization founded in 1998 in South Korea. ‘Jinbo’ means ‘progressive’ in Korean. Jinbonet aims to support the growth of civil activity and communication by providing network services such as web hosting, community, e-mail, blog, blogs, mailing lists to civil society organizations, trade unions, individuals and progressive...

Metamorphosis Foundation
Metamorphosis Foundation 19 December 2007

Metamorphosis Foundation is an independent, non-partisan and non-profit foundation based in Skopje, Macedonia. Its main goals are development of democracy and prosperity by promoting knowledge-based economy and information society. Main activities of the organization include: lobbying and advocacy in order to make the social and legal environment more conducive to ICT development; educati...

Internet governance and global privacy at the IGF
Internet governance and global privacy at the IGF 13 November 2007 APC

Here is an interesting post from Jose Murilo Junior on the Global Voices website, written prior to the start of this year’s IGF, that previews the issues of internet governance and global privacy: "The global debate on Internet governance will once again gather people from all over the world at UN’s IGF, this time in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil. The process was started last year in Athen...

Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet
Rio forum to shine torch on the dark side of the Internet 11 November 2007 APC

In one of the first articles published about the Internet Governance Forum starting on November 12 2007, the AFP news agency says that "The darker corners of the Internet are to be exposed under the bright light of Brazil’s sun next week when a UN conference on how the web is run gets underway. Rio de Janeiro will from Monday host the UN Internet Governance Forum, in which 2,000 participa...

Pakistan’s Draconian Electronic Crime Bill
Pakistan’s Draconian Electronic Crime Bill 24 September 2007 Jehan Ara, Advisor P@SHA / Shahzad Ahmad, Bytesforall

The Ministry of IT & Telecom, Government of Pakistan, has drafted a draconian Electronic Crime Bill, which has already been approved by the Cabinet as submitted by the Ministry of Law. It is now being tabled in the Parliament for a vote. Authorities plan to get hold of final approval on this bill by November 2007. Business people, civil society representatives, bloggers and trade associat...

EDRI General Assembly Reaffirms Current Course
EDRI General Assembly Reaffirms Current Course 13 September 2007 APC

Delegates representing NGOs-members of the EDRI (European Digital Rights) network took part in the General Assembly (GA) in Berlin September 1-2, 2007, discussing current issues of interest and the overall functioning of the association. Delegates representing NGOs-members of the EDRI (European Digital Rights) network took part in the General Assembly (GA) in Berlin September 1-2, 2007, discus...

South Korea: Opposition to draft legislation on "Communication Data Retention"
South Korea: Opposition to draft legislation on "Communication Data Retention" 19 April 2007 PatchA

The South Korean Parliament is discussing a dangerous revision of the "Protection of Communications Secrets Act" on April 26. The revision would legally enforce telecommunications companies and internet service providers (ISPs) to retain ‘communications data’ for at least three months to one year and would require mobile phone service providers to redesign their networks to permit ...

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