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.
Source: Matthew Robertson & Helena Zhu, The Epoch Times
A standard, even boring, piece of Chinese military propaganda screened in mid-July included what must have been an unintended but nevertheless damaging revelation: shots from a computer screen showing a Chinese military university is engaged in cyberwarfare against entities in the United States.
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.
Source: Eric Engleman, The Washington Post
The nonprofit group that manages the Internet’s naming system under a U.S. contract decided in June to add hundreds of new Web suffixes, expanding beyond dot-com and dot-org in a move to spur online innovation.
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.
Source: Tom Lasseter, McClatchy Newspapers
As Vice President Joe Biden meets with Chinese leadership this week, he’ll do so in a country that for the most part has silenced the few remaining dissident voices in a particularly harsh clampdown this year.
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.
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.
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.
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.