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Freedom of Expression awards go to Ciudad Juárez and Novaya Gazeta blogs

“Ciudad Juárez, en la sombra del narcotráfico, a courageous blog about drug cartel activities, government repression and police corruption in northern Mexico, is the jury choice in the “Reporters Without Borders Press Freedom” category of this year’s BOBs (Best of Blogs competition), organized by the German radio station Deutsche Welle.

Voting on the BOBs website from 22 March to 11 April, the public also chose its own winner in each of the competition’s categories. The public’s choice in the “Reporters Without Borders” category is the blog kept by the editorial staff of the Moscow-based independent newspaper Novaya Gazeta. Providing outspoken coverage of such stories as the Caucasus and police abuses, Novaya Gazeta has become an institution in Russia and abroad.”

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Director Ron Deibert named to the Privacy International Advisory Board

Ron Deibert, Director of the Citizen Lab and Canada Centre for Global Security Studies has been appointed on the Privacy International Advisory Board. Privacy International campaigns on matters of privacy on an international level and is the oldest surviving privacy advocacy group in the world. Professor Deibert joins a team of 90 members from over 40 countries. Members include government officials, academics, civil society, and corporate and legal consultants. Congratulations to all new Board members!

From Privacy International

Global Publics Embrace Social Networking

“Although still a relatively young technology, social networking is already a global phenomenon. In regions around the world – and in countries with varying levels of economic development – people who use the internet are using it for social networking. And this is particularly true of young people.

Meanwhile, other forms of technology are also increasingly popular across the globe. Cell phone ownership and computer usage have grown significantly over the last three years, and they have risen dramatically since 2002.”

From Pew Research Center

Canadian Internet Pioneer, The Citizen Lab, Wins Canadian Journalists for Free Expression Vox Libera award

The Citizen Lab is proud and humbled by the announcement that we are the recipient of the Canadian Journalists for Free Expression (CJFE) 2010 Vox Libera Award. The announcement stated “The Citizen Lab was selected for its dedication to free expression and access to information online. World leaders in the field of “hacktivism,” the Citizen Lab’s members focus their research on documenting cases of internet espionage and censorship around the world, reinforcing the idea that the Internet should remain a safe, public domain”.

From Digital Journal

IFEX members celebrate World Press Freedom Day and honour slain journalists

Honouring the UNESCO recommendation made in 1991, the UN General Assembly proclaimed 3 May World Press Freedom Day in 1993. May 3, 2010 is the seventeenth anniversary of World Press Freedom Day. International Freedom of Expression eXchange(IFEX), a global advocacy network for freedom of expression, demands respect for the right to information along with other committed networks such as the Committee to Protect Journalists (CPJ) and Reporters Without Borders (RSF).

From International Freedom of
Expression eXchange

Potential threats to online free expression seen in draft trade treaty

Reporters Without Borders welcomes the release by the European Commission of the draft Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA), which until now has been the subject of confidential negotiations among some 40 countries. Released on 21 April, the draft nonetheless contains a number of provisions that could pose a threat to online free expression.

“Although it is pity that the different positions of the various governments involved do not appear in this document, a real public debate will finally be able to be held about this proposed agreement, one that could have a considerable impact on freedom of expression despite being a trade agreement,” Reporters Without Borders said.

From Reporters Without Borders

The “Kneber” Botnet, Spear Phishing Attacks and Crimeware

Targeted attacks, known as “spear phishing,” are increasingly exploiting government and military themes in order to compromise defense contractors in the Unites States. [1] In 2009, the Washington Post reported that unknown attackers were able to break into a defense contractor and steal documents pertaining to the Joint Strike Fighter being developed by Lockheed Martin Corp. [2] Google was compromised in January 2010 along with other hi-tech companies and defense contractors. [3] The problem is becoming increasingly severe. [4] In fact, the Department of Defense recently released a memo with plans to protect unclassified information passing through the networks of various contractors. [5] The memo recognizes the severity of the ongoing threat and seeks to:

Establish a comprehensive approach for protecting unclassified DoD information transiting or residing on unclassified DIB information systems and networks by incorporating the use of intelligence, operations, policies, standards, information sharing, expert advice and assistance, incident response, reporting procedures, and cyber intrusion damage assessment solutions to address a cyber advanced persistent threat. [5]

From Nart Villeneuve

Kneber botnet catches 2,500 companies worldwide

About 75,000 personal computers in almost 2,500 companies and government agencies across the globe have been caught in a botnet uncovered by a researcher at the US-based NetWitness network forensics firm. Hackers were able to collect logins and passwords for Facebook, Yahoo, Hotmail and other accounts, including online banking sites. They were also able to access some corporate servers used to store confidential data, including one used for processing credit-card payments.

From The Guardian

Threat to online free expression from imminent international accord

Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the threat to online free expression from measures to combat digital piracy and copyright violations in an Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) that is currently being negotiated. The next three-day round of talks about the proposed agreement are due to begin tomorrow in Mexico. From Reporters Without Borders Published… Read more »

Cuba detains U.S. government contractor

The Cuban government has arrested an American citizen working on contract for the U.S. Agency for International Development who was distributing cellphones and laptop computers to Cuban activists, State Department officials and congressional sources said Saturday. From The Washington Post By William Booth and Mary Beth Sheridan Washington Post Staff Writers Sunday, December 13, 2009… Read more »