Irene Poetranto


New Reports on Circumvention Tool Usage, International Bloggers, and Internet Control

The Berkman Center for Internet and Society at Harvard University has released three new publications as part of their circumvention project. Over the past two years, the Center has carried out a number of research activities designed to improve our understanding of the knowledge, usage, and effectiveness of circumvention tools as a means to promote access to information online in repressive online environments.

The battle for Tripoli’s Internet

Source: James Cowie, Renesys

As dawn broke in Libya on the morning of Sunday 21 August, it appeared that the battle for control of Tripoli was underway. Throughout the night, a steady stream of tweets and retweets emerged from Libyan sources, painting a confusing, often contradictory picture of the evolving situation.

Kazakhstan blocks “extremist” foreign Internet sites

Source: Reuters

A court in Kazakhstan ruled on Friday to block access to 13 foreign Internet sites, including the popular blogging service LiveJournal, saying they were propagating terrorism and inciting religious hatred. “These Internet resources … including LiveJournal … spread materials with propaganda of terrorism and religious extremism and open calls to committing acts of terror and making explosive devices,” Ailana Iskendirova, spokeswoman for the district court in the capital Astana, told Reuters by telephone.

Leaked “RSA dump” appears authentic

Source: Patrick Gray, Risky Business

A massive Pastebin dump of domain names and IP addresses supposedly linked to a cyber espionage ring appears to be the real deal. The Pastebin dump, dated August 15, lists around 850 entries containing domain names and IP addresses, supposedly leaked by “RSA Employee #15666”. The dump asserts the IP addresses and domain names listed are used in command and control operations by a cyber-espionage ring.

WEF report highlights personal data as new economic asset class

Source: World Economic Forum

Personal data is becoming a new economic “asset class”, a valuable resource for the 21st century that will touch all aspects of society, according to a report released today by the World Economic Forum. The report, Personal Data: The Emergence of a New Asset Class, finds that, to unlock the full potential of personal data, a balanced ecosystem with increased trust between individuals, government and the private sector is necessary.

CBC Radio Calgary Interviews Dr. Rafal Rohozinski

On Tuesday, August 16, CBC Radio Calgary’s David Gray interviews Rafal Rohozinski on the future of cybersecurity. Dr. Rohozinski is in Calgary to speak at the Globalfest Human Rights Forum August 17th at 7:30am.

Listen to the full interview here.

BART pulls a “Mubarak” in San Francisco

Source: Eva Galperin, Electronic Frontier Foundation

Operators of the Bay Area Rapid Transit system (BART) shut down cell phone service to four stations in downtown San Francisco yesterday in response to a planned protest. Last month, protesters disrupted BART service in response to the fatal shooting of Charles Blair Hill by BART police on July 3rd. Thursday’s protest failed to materialize, possibly because the disruption of cell phone service made organization and coordination difficult.