Tag Archives: Civil Society

New book chapter by Citizen Lab Fellow Stefania Milan

Citizen Lab Fellow Stefania Milan has authored a chapter titled “WikiLeaks, Anonymous, and the Exercise of Individuality: Protesting in the Cloud” in the newly-released book, Beyond WikiLeaks: Implications for the Future of Communications, Journalism and Society.

Civil society concerns over Internet regulation and ITU

Source: EDRI-gram

The letter of 17 May 2012, addressed to WCIT organiser, the International Telecommunication Union, the Council Working Group to Prepare for the WCIT-12 and to ITU member states, is asking for more transparency and expresses the wish of the signatories to participate in the preparation process for WCIT.

Open letter to the International Telecommunications Union

In December 2012, the International Telecommunication Union will convene a meeting of the world’s governments to renegotiate the ITU’s underlying treaty, the International Telecommunications Regulations.

Getting users into identity governance

Citizen Lab Post-Doctoral Fellow Brenden Kuerbis analyzes the latest development in the debate over Internet identity governance with a focus on the issue of public involvement.

Police tracking of cellphones raises privacy fears in U.S.

Source: Eric Lichtblau, New York Times

Law enforcement tracking of cellphones, once the province mainly of federal agents, has become a powerful and widely used surveillance tool for local police officials, with hundreds of departments, large and small, often using it aggressively with little or no court oversight, documents show.

Access calls on Human Rights Council to protect digital rights

Source: Access

Throughout 2011, citizens across the world organized online to demand the enjoyment of their human rights, in particular the rights to opinion, expression and association.

Egypt raids offices of nonprofits, 3 backed by U.S.

Source: The New York Times

Security forces shut down three American-financed democracy-building groups and as many as six other nonprofit organizations on Thursday, in a crackdown that signaled a new low in relations between Washington and Egypt’s military rulers.

Belarus protests fuelled by internet freedom, bad economy

Source: The Sofia Echo

Internet freedom and an economic free fall are combining for unprecedented protests in Belarus, a nation historically locked up by a Soviet-style leader.

Falling living standards are swelling protests against Alexander Lukashenko, the strongman who has long ruled Belarus through a combination of charisma and intimidation.

An opposition leader, Vladimir Neklyaev, emerged from a jail cell last month to find he had to catch up with the fast-moving Internet resistance movement.

Hackers launch fresh attacks on Bahrain websites

Hackers have launched a fresh series of attacks on government websites after the country was granted the right to stage the Gulf Air Bahrain Grand Prix.

Officials say cyber criminals in Iran and Saudi Arabia, with the support of local groups, have stepped up a campaign to spread anti-government propaganda.

The Northern Governorate website became the latest to be hacked yesterday less than 24 hours after the official government tourism website was targeted.

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Ongoing Attacks on Human Rights Web sites and the Problem of Attribution

“A number of cyber attacks took place against human rights groups this week; including Armorize’s discovery of a variant of a “drive-by-download” attack on Amnesty International’s Web site. As this Armorize blogpost explains, “A drive-by download attack refers to the process of a user visiting an infected page and subsequently gets installed with malware, without his/her knowledge and without having him/her to click on or to agree to anything.” In the case of this week’s attack on Amnesty International, a “drive-by-cache attack” (term dubbed by Amorize) was launched.”

From Information Warfare Monitor