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First POST: Data Acts

BY Micah L. Sifry | Tuesday, April 29 2014

Debating the value of municipal broadband in the net neutrality fight; celebrating the passage of the DATA act; pondering the role of data analytics in US elections in 2014 and the UK elections in 2015; and much, much more. Read More

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A Bit of Hypocrisy From Ecuador On Internet Surveillance

BY Jessica McKenzie | Wednesday, November 20 2013

President Rafael Correa (Wikipedia)

Proposed changes to Ecuador's Criminal Code threaten Internet users privacy, security, and possibly even access, reports the digital freedom activist group Access. Among the changes is the provision that Internet service providers (ISPs) must retain records of Internet activity for up to six months. This change would be at odds with the Ecuadorean Constitution, which prohibits arbitrary retention of communications online and off. Another provision would require cybercafes to videotape their patrons. Aside from violating user privacy, this requirement would be prohibitive to small ma and pop establishments, which might close if the owners are unable to afford cameras and data storage equipment.

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Nigeria's Push to Legalize Wiretapping and Internet Surveillance Will Likely Succeed

BY Jessica McKenzie | Monday, November 18 2013

Normalizing surveillance under guise of safety (Flickr/abrinsky)

It seems as though Nigeria is using scare tactics to push through an Orwellian bill legalizing an extensive surveillance system. The proposed wiretap program would allow law enforcement and security agencies to monitor and track both phone and Internet communications.

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How the Tech-Savvy Estonian President Led His Country to the Cutting Edge of Internet Politics

BY Jessica McKenzie | Tuesday, September 24 2013

On Monday, September 23, the President of Estonia, Toomas Hendrik Ilves, gave the key note address at the United Nations panel discussion entitled “A Secure and Free Internet.” That day he was also hailed in a thorough profile on Buzzfeed as “The President of Twitter.”

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The Europe Roundup: Cybercrime in the UK, Ushahidi in Serbia, Big Data in Norway

BY Antonella Napolitano | Friday, February 10 2012

Photo: Ian Muttoo / Flickr

New anti-cybercrime units in the UK, Ushahidi deployed to track incidents related to severe weather in Greece and Serbia, and a fascinating animation from Norway based on migration data, all in today's roundup of news about technology in politics from around Europe. Read More

After Hacking Attack, Fox News Twitter Account Falsely Claims Obama 'Assassinated'

BY Nick Judd | Tuesday, July 5 2011

The Fox News Twitter account @foxnewspolitics was hacked over the weekend, and Fox News has said the hackers were behind a series of tweets sent on Monday that falsely said President Barack Obama had been assassinated. ... Read More

Pentagon Report: Digital Attacks Can Mean War

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, May 31 2011

A new Pentagon cyber strategy document will establish that digital sabotage can rise to the level of an "act of war," report the Wall Street Journal's Siobhan Gorman and Julian E. Barnes. From the Defense ... Read More

U.S. Army Intel Analyst Arrested in Wikileaks Investigation

BY Nancy Scola | Monday, June 7 2010

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New year, new U.S. cyber security chief

BY Nancy Scola | Tuesday, December 22 2009

The Atlantic's Marc Ambinder, our go-to source for all things related to the White House cybersecurity coordinator position, fleshes out the details of this morning's news on the appointment of Howard A. Schmidt (see to ... Read More

Weekend-Long Cyber Attack Targets Top U.S. Government, Press, and Business Sites

BY Nancy Scola | Wednesday, July 8 2009

The United States was under attack over the July 4th holiday weekend. Didn't notice? That's because it was a cyber attack. According to reports, distributed denial-of-service attacks were launched against dozens of major ... Read More