Security and privacy

New WikiLeaks doco begs the question: should the public know state secrets
New WikiLeaks doco begs the question: should the public know state secrets 30 July 2013 Phil Mincher

I would expect most people leaving the cinema after watching the recently-released documentary, We Steal Secrets: The Story of WikiLeaks, would plunge into debate over a raft of flow-on topics, such as is Julian Assange a crusader for civilian empowerment and government/corporate accountability or a cheeky, power-hungry hacker hell bent on anarchy and achieving hero-status.

Jordan, “Silicon Wadi,” censors 304 websites under new media law
Jordan, “Silicon Wadi,” censors 304 websites under new media law 24 July 2013 Nadine Moawad

Jordanians speak up and take action against the government’s attempts to regulate and licence online “news websites”. Internet freedom activists have stressed the law’s restriction on freedom of expression and have called the licencing scheme that the law proposes obsolete and undemocratic.

We need public debate, not a secret tribunal, on covert British surveillance
We need public debate, not a secret tribunal, on covert British surveillance 08 July 2013 Carly Nyst

Privacy International’s Carly Nyst talks about PI’s legal action against the British government for co-operating with the US’ NSA/Prism programme and the Orwellian Investigatory Powers Tribunal, an opaque layer of the British legal system.

Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action
Time to reveal NSA's spying: Jinbonet calls South Korean government to take action 08 July 2013

On 30 June Edward Snowden’s leaks revealed that the NSA has tapped 38 embassies and missions in Washington, D.C. including the South Korean Embassy. The government of South Korean needs to take action on behalf of its citizens, who are among the victims of this global scandal. Jinbonet has translated into English its call to action on behalf of civil society in South Korea.

Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders
Submission to UN Secretary-General on reprisals and intimidation against human rights defenders 17 June 2013 Shawna Finnegan and Jennifer Radloff

The internet is having a significant impact on the risks faced by human rights defenders, including reprisals. Human rights defenders’ private or anonymous online communication is increasingly subject to state surveillance, while threats and intimidation often manifest in online spaces. This submission to the annual report of the UN Secretary-General considers the role of the internet in...

Civil society letter to US Congress on internet and telecommunications surveillance
Civil society letter to US Congress on internet and telecommunications surveillance 14 June 2013 AL

After revelations of systematic surveillance by the US government, APC and other civil society organizations call the US Congress to take immediate action to dismantle existing, and prevent the creation of future, global internet and telecommunications based surveillance systems. The call can be endorsed online.

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 Shawna Finnegan and Carly Nyst

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 AL

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 AL

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 Shawna Finnegan

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.