Weekly Readings: "Come-ons"
BY Rebecca Chao | Wednesday, June 11 2014
- Uber protests are heating up across Europe. One taxi driver complains to the New York Times, “Uber cabs are stealing our clients [...] We are regulated to death while they circumvent the law.”
- Russia's poor digital rights record is becoming shadier with every new headline. Today, in a meeting with Putin, Internet industry leaders talked around the issue of Internet surveillance and censorship, not even raising an eyebrow when Putin claimed Internet needed to regulated in a "normal society" like Russia.
- China's military uses fake yoga brochures to hack security systems of American, European and Japanese government entities. The New York Times called it one of many "clever come-ons" used by Chinese government hackers.
- Microsoft is fighting a government request to hand over customer e-mails stored in a database in Ireland. Verizon and the Electronic Frontier Foundation have shown support for Microsoft's move.
- A new social networking app for those in Mynamar to get them connected to those who face the same problems. It's mobile and operates with the same goal as "see click fix" but it aims to work where Internet is slow. Check out the video to see how it works.
- Another censorship device dressed up as porn filter, this time in Jordan via a new provision to its Draft Telecommunications Bill.
- The latest installment of the monthly Digital Citizen, a great resource for those following human rights and tech in the Middle East. And here's a very helpful guideline on how Egypt has tightened digital surveillance and another one explaining the government's leaked surveillance plans.
- A summary of how Ukrainians are still using social media to broadcast information on their military campaigns.
- A review of the recent Stockholm Internet Forum, such as the questions that were raised about Sweden's refusal to grant Edward Snowden asylum.
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