Ethiopia: Fiber Optics Internet Lines Cut off in the East

“An unknown group has cut off the fiber optics Internet lines that connect the Addis Ababa regime with the military and its spy agencies in eastern Ethiopia up to Jijiga.

There are very few government agents supervised Internet Cafe services in Ethiopia. The Internet Cafes rent a very poor connection lines like EVDO 3G (mobile broadband), but the military, the regime’s spy agencies and businesses that are affiliated with the ruling elites enjoy fiber optics based broadband.”

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Mesh 2011: Citizen Lab’s Ron Deibert on ‘Repression 2.0′

Ron Deibert can see a perfect storm developing on the horizon of cyberspace.

Around the world, the lines between cybercrime, cyber espionage and cyber warfare are beginning to blur as authoritarian regimes increasingly turn to the Internet to crack down on activist movements and states look to turn the Internet into the next great international battleground.

During a conversation at the Mesh technology conference in Toronto on Wednesday, Ron Deibert, the director of the Citizen Lab research centre at the Munk School for Global Affairs at the University of Toronto, said a massive and growing “cyber security industrial complex” is emerging online.

“States are adopting repression 2.0 just as quickly as activists are moving in the other direction,” Mr. Deibert said.

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Activists Warn G-8 Against Web Restrictions

PARIS (AP) — Internet activists and digital entrepreneurs warned Wednesday that if global leaders attempt to limit access to the Web, their restrictions will be bypassed and they will become irrelevant.
The stark message adds to growing resistance – from big name companies like Google and Twitter to anonymous Internet vigilantes who have attacked government censorship networks – against creeping laws that might one day restrict services many users now take for granted.

Leaders of the Group of Eight most powerful countries begin meeting in France on Thursday to discuss issues of global concern in the wake of the Arab uprising that have been described as the first Internet-enabled revolutions.

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Action against Turkey’s Internet ban demanded in Europe

Marietje Schaake, a member of the European Parliament from the Liberal group, submitted questions Tuesday to the European Commission regarding the proposed legal imposition of an online filtering system and structural domain-name blocking in Turkey.

In her question paper, Schaake asked the commission what “concrete actions” it would take regarding the Turkish government “to address its concerns about the proposed censorship of the Internet … and the overall increasing deterioration in freedom of the press in Turkey.”

Saying that “an uncensored, free Internet is essential for a free and open society,” Schaake said she posed her questions to the commission because she “believe[s] the latest censorship [in Turkey] may well be in conflict with the Copenhagen criteria” for EU accession.

“The proposed online filtering system violates the people’s right to information, restricts freedom of expression and is a threat for democracy,” Schaake said.

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Freedom fears of India’s web users

“Tough new internet rules in India have been met with a mixed reaction from web users and online businesses. Google has warned they could threaten online freedom. The government claims they will save lives.

“The internet is my lifeline. It’s how I breathe,” says Netra Parikh as she taps away furiously on her laptop.

Ms Parikh is a self confessed internet junkie, who claims to spend more than 18 hours a day online. Such is her passion for the micro-blogging site Twitter, that she has been named by some of her fellow social networkers as India’s “Queen of Twitter”.

But recently issued guidelines, designed to regulate what can and can’t be posted online in India are a huge cause of concern for Netra.”

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International Strategy and Increased Capabilities for Cyberspace

On May 16, the United States revealed its foreign policy strategy for cyberspace in a thirty page document entitled International Strategy for Cyberspace: Prosperity, Security, and Openness in a Networked World. The document outlines the foreign policy goals of United States for the cyber domain. One commentator, Chris Bronk, pointed out that the strategy is not a cybersecurity plan, but rather, a broad set of prescriptions relating to the Internet and information more generally. Bronk states, “To borrow from Ronald Deibert and Rafal Rohozinski, the U.S. government has decided to pursue the protection of a global cyber commons.”

Suit Claims Cisco Helped China Pursue Falun Gong

“Cisco, the maker of Internet routing gear, customized its technology to help China track members of the Falun Gong spiritual movement, according to a federal lawsuit filed last week by members of the movement.

The suit was filed Thursday in Federal District Court for the Northern District of California in San Jose by the Human Rights Law Foundation on behalf of members of Falun Gong. It contends that Cisco helped design the controversial “Golden Shield” firewall that is used to censor the Internet and track opponents of the Chinese government. The lawsuit names several Cisco executives, including the chairman and chief executive, John T. Chambers.”

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Autocratic regimes fight Web-savvy opponents with their own tools

For weeks, Syrian democracy activists have used Facebook and Twitter to promote a wave of bold demonstrations. Now, the Syrian government and its supporters are striking back — not just with bullets, but with their own social-media offensive.

Mysterious intruders have scrawled pro-government messages on dissidents’ Facebook pages. Facebook pages have popped up offering cyber tools to attack the opposition. The Twitter #Syria hashtag — which had carried accounts of the protests — has been deluged with automated messages bearing scenes of nature and old sports scores.

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