Security and privacy

APC member JCA-NET speaks out against Japanese digital surveillance bill
APC member JCA-NET speaks out against Japanese digital surveillance bill 30 May 2011

The proposed bill criminalises a number of online activities, granting Japanese authorities extremely broad powers to monitor and investigate their citizens. It also requires network providers to record and hold communications data on all users so it can be used by law enforcement agencies.

US Senate debates reforms to Electronic Communications Privacy Act
US Senate debates reforms to Electronic Communications Privacy Act 27 May 2011

Senator Patrick Leahy, author of the original 1986 Electronic Communications Privacy Act, has proposed several amendments to the ECPA in order to “keep pace with new technologies and new threats to our security”.

eG8 Forum sparks showdown between internet leaders and government regulators
eG8 Forum sparks showdown between internet leaders and government regulators 26 May 2011

The eG8 Forum came to a close yesterday as prominent web leaders met in Paris to discuss the future of the internet.

APC event at the UN Human Rights Council: Watch the video
APC event at the UN Human Rights Council: Watch the video 19 May 2011

As part of APC’s Connect your rights! Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign, APC is co-hosted a side-event at the Human Rights Council’s seventeenth session in Geneva on 3 June.

Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council
Korean Progressive Network issues statement to the Human Rights Council 16 May 2011

The Korean Progressive Network JINBONET, which has received special consultative status for the seventeenth session of the UN Human Rights Council, has issued a call for the council to examine the issue of human rights and ICTs in South Korea.

United States goes for the high score
United States goes for the high score 12 May 2011

According to the Justice Department, the Foreign Intelligence Surveillance Court — the oversight body established to approve or deny surveillance requests in the United States — “approved 100% of such requests”:http://arstechnica.com/

Human rights belong to people, not to networked computers
Human rights belong to people, not to networked computers 09 May 2011

Former New Zealand human rights commissioner Joy Liddicoat has just joined APC to lead a new Internet Rights are Human Rights campaign. Although she is busy getting ready for Internet Governance Forum consultations on May 18-19, she took a few moments to talk to APCNews.

Wikileaks has competition
Wikileaks has competition 06 May 2011

Want the Wikileaks without the Julian Assange? Well the Wall Street Journal has the answer. It recently introduced SafeHouse, an online drop box for whistleblowers to release documents anonymously. And they are not alone.

Social empowerment, media literacies and the relevance of Social Media
Social empowerment, media literacies and the relevance of Social Media 05 May 2011

How spontaneous and public conversation among people who use the internet can be organized as citizen news agencies? Maybe you have a profile on a social media service. If not, for sure you have many friends who are already there talking about themselves, news, music, entertainment and cool things they think you might want to know about.

Sony Network Suffers Massive Intrusion
Sony Network Suffers Massive Intrusion 28 April 2011

Sony announced yesterday that the PlayStation Network was currently down. As if we hadn’t noticed.