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Weekly Readings: Decoy Data

BY Antonella Napolitano and Rebecca Chao | Monday, June 16 2014

  • A mobile app that emits "decoy data" could potentially protect the privacy of activists in authoritarian countries.
  • Access Info says that the Austrian government's new amendment to its outdated secrecy act is "way below the standards of international human rights."
  • Burkino Faso may be one of the world's poorest countries but it just launched its new open data initiative at the beginning of this month.
  • A new ruling in Canadian court says that telecommunication companies can not hand over personal user data to officials without warrant.
  • Youtube chose to keep up blurred videos of a woman being violently assaulted in Tahrir Square after Egyptian president Abdel Fattah demanded Youtube remove them, arguing the victim had requested privacy. Youtube did take down footage where the woman could be recognized.
  • In Indonesia, All Voices Count is trying to bring the peoples' concerns to the government and allowing them a say not just at election time.
  • Over the weekend, Iraq blocked a number of social media sites including Youtube, Facebook and Twitter; they fear the ISIS insurgents would use it to organize.

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