Yearly Archives: 2012

In ex-Soviet states, Russian spy tech still watches you

A joint investigation by Agentura.Ru, CitizenLab and Privacy International was published in Wired Magazine on 21 December, 2012.

Characterizing Large-scale Routing Anomalies: A Case Study of the China Telecom Incident

In April 2010, China Telecom’s network announced incorrect paths to 50,000 IP prefixes, referred to as a “hijack”. The politically sensitive nature of some of the IP prefixes that were hijacked brought this incident to the attention of the US government. It raises many important questions about how we characterize and reason about large-scale routing incidents when they occur.

2012 CyberWatch Year in Review: Social Media

This year-end report summarizes several trends and noteworthy happenings of the past 12 months, including an increase in government user data requests, a community governance decision-making debacle, and controversies around various privacy-oriented technical implementations.

2012 CyberWatch Year in Review: Middle East and North Africa, Southeast Asia, Latin America and the Caribbean

Our assessment of events that took place in 2012 has found that freedom of expression continues to be under threat in these parts of the world, although some progress has been made in certain countries. This review discusses trends in cyber attacks, changing legal norms, social media use, technological development, censorship and filtering, and arrests of rights activists.

Technical Advisor Morgan Marquis-Boire at State Surveillance and Human Rights Camp

Citizen Lab Technical Advisor Morgan Marquis-Boire gave a plenary talk at the State Surveillance And Human Rights Camp in Rio de Janeiro, Brazil on December 13.

Research Fellow Jon Penney to speak on Internet censorship

On Tuesday, January 15 at 12:30pm ET, Citizen Lab Research Fellow Jon Penney will speak at the Berkman Center for Internet & Society.

Controversy erupts at WCIT over resolution on Internet

Source: Stephen Lawson, CIO

The WCIT apparently has placed a resolution on the Internet in the regulations being developed at the meeting, drawing accusations that it acted improperly.

U.S. rejects telecommunications treaty

Source: Eric Pfanner, The New York Times

Talks on a proposed treaty governing international telecommunications collapsed in acrimony when the United States rejected the agreement on the eve of its scheduled signing, citing an inability to resolve an impasse over the Internet.

U.N. summit implodes as U.S., others spurn Internet treaty

Source: Declan McCullagh, CNet

In a stunning repudiation of a United Nations summit, an alliance of Western democracies including the United States, the United Kingdom, and Canada today rejected a proposed treaty over concerns it hands repressive governments too much authority over the Internet.

Global Internet diplomacy

Source: The New York Times

Representatives of 193 countries are meeting in Dubai to update a treaty known as the International Telecommunication Regulations that was last negotiated in 1988 and governs the exchange of telephone traffic between countries.