“Reporters Without Borders notes the European Commission’s decision to investigate the impact on net neutrality of the practices of Internet Service Providers, especially those offering mobile phone access, but thinks that the decision has been taken too late and that the basis on which the investigation is being initiated is wrong.
The press freedom organization calls on the Body of European Regulators for Electronic Communications (BEREC), which is in charge of the investigation, to conduct it in an impartial manner and to be fully transparent in the way the results are published.”
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“In wartime, combatants often attempt to disrupt their enemies’ supply systems, generally by blowing them up. Modern life is made possible by a set of tightly interconnected systems supplying us with electricity, water, natural gas, automobile fuels, sewage treatment, food, finance, telecommunications, and emergency response. All of these systems are increasingly directed and monitored through the Internet. Would it be possible for our enemies to disrupt these vital systems by “blowing up” the Net?
“You have to be cautious when hearing from people engaging in fear-mongering about huge blackouts and collapses of critical infrastructures via the Internet,” University of Toronto cyberwarfare expert Ronald Deibert writes in the January/February 2011 Bulletin of the Atomic Scientists. “There is a lot of redundancy in the networks; it’s not a simple thing to turn off the power grid.””
“On Monday, April 11, 2011, we launched a petition to the largest Internet companies asking them to stand with their users and be transparent in their practices. Here’s a chart showing how we think each of the companies is doing right now — a gold star indicates that the company is doing a stellar job, a half-star indicates they are taking steps in the right direction. This page will be updated as companies change their practices in response to public demand.”
“Spain’s Data Protection Agency has ordered Google to remove links about people who want certain damaging references obliterated from the Internet. Google has appealed the order, but the European Commission is contemplating an even more ambitious law that formally enshrines the “right to be forgotten”. France has already tried to enact such a law.
Is this “right to be forgotten” a first shot at giving people greater control over their own digital trails, or is it censorship camouflaged as privacy concerns, as Google would argue?”
From The Indian Express
“In June 2009, Lani (a nickname) got a Facebook message from a stranger alerting her to nude photos of herself that had been posted on a Web site called Private Voyeur — along with her name, her workplace and the city she lives in. The post, titled “Jap Slut,” was published anonymously.
You might think that the legal system offers an easy solution to problems like these — but it doesn’t. According to free-speech advocates, there’s a good reason for that: Stopping trolls, which is the term used for those who abuse the privilege of the Web’s anonymous open mike, would mean choking off other critics, which obviously has undemocratic implications. After all, anonymity is a trusted tool of dissidents and whistle-blowers.”
From The New York Times
“MOSCOW, April 20 (UPI) — Vladimir Putin downplayed the threat of Internet censorship in Russia Wednesday despite security forces’ demands for e-mail access.
Two weeks ago, the FSB, successor to the KGB, moved to get access to online communication services like Gmail and Skype. The agency said the “uncontrolled use of these services could lead to a large-scale threat to Russian security,” RIA Novosti reported.”
“In the security industry, researchers have often been able to infiltrate botnets. Yet, the next step has always been a big question mark.
Now, defenders may have a new slate of options. The takedown of the Coreflood botnet marks the start of more aggressive stance against botnets, say security experts. Last week, the U.S. Department of Justice obtained a temporary restraining order forcing registrars to reroute requests from infected computers, not to Coreflood’s command-and-control servers, but to a substitute server managed by a non-profit group. Under the judge’s order, the sinkhole server can issue commands to prevent the bot agents from carrying out normal operations.”
From Network World
“Activists say Thailand’s prime minister has assured them that proposed legislation tightening restrictions on the Internet will not be rushed into law.
Prime Minister Abhisit Vejjajiva met Tuesday with concerned Internet users who are demanding that proposed revisions to the already restrictive Computer Crime Act not be finalized without a full public review.”
From The Globe and Mail
“BlackBerry users in the United Arab Emirates will soon be unable to send emails and messages without fear of government snooping, under tighter restrictions on internet communication in the Gulf state.
The UAE is to ban individuals and small businesses from using the most secure BlackBerry settings – for email, web browsing and BlackBerry Messenger – as part of security fears sweeping the Middle East. Only companies with more than 20 BlackBerry accounts will be able to access the encrypted BlackBerry service, which is favoured by corporate users and government agencies.”
From The Guardian
“BERLIN — The European Commission is planning to investigate whether European mobile operators are managing wireless Internet traffic to discriminate against competitors or consumers who use data-intensive services.
Neelie Kroes, the European Union’s telecommunications commissioner, on Tuesday will ask an advisory panel of national regulators to examine whether mobile operators are upholding the principle of network neutrality, which calls for all data traffic to be treated equally.”
From The New York Times