Hosted by the British government, and specifically the Foreign Secretary William Hague, this gathering of around 700 officials, business leaders and civil society types aimed to thrash out some “rules of the road” for how states behave online and regulate the internet.
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Source: The Guardian
Britain’s largest police force is operating covert surveillance technology that can masquerade as a mobile phone network, transmitting a signal that allows authorities to shut off phones remotely, intercept communications and gather data about thousands of users in a targeted area.
Source: Fox News
Britain is prepared to strike first to defend itself against a cyber attack from an enemy state, Foreign Secretary William Hague said Tuesday. His warning was the first clear signal that the UK has developed new weapons for the online battlefield.
Hague told The Sun that the globe was in the grip of a new and financially-crippling “arms race in cyberspace.”
Source: Josh Halliday, The Guardian
David Cameron has told parliament that in the wake of this week’s riots the government is looking at banning people from using social networking sites such as Twitter and Facebook if they are thought to be plotting criminal activity.
The prime minister said the government will review whether it is possible to stop suspected rioters spreading online messages, in his opening statement during a Commons debate on Thursday on the widespread civil disorder for which MPs were recalled from their summer recess.
On August 8, 2011, Canada Centre Visiting Research Fellow in International Broadcasting, Karl Kathuria, and a team from the Citizen Lab presented a paper titled Bypassing Internet Censorship for News Broadcasters at the first USENIX Workshop on Free and Open Communications on the Internet (FOCI ’11) in San Francisco, California. The paper is concerned with Internet censorship as a major problem faced by news organizations.
Source: Timothy Lee, Ars Technica
A judge has ordered British Telecom to begin blocking its subscribers from accessing Newzbin2, a members-only usenet search engine that is heavily used for copyright infringement. The mandated blocking is modeled on the Cleanfeed filtering system currently used to block alleged child pornography.
The ruling represents a first step toward broader use of Internet filtering as a tool for blocking copyright infringement in the UK. “The Studios have made it clear that this is a test case,” the judge wrote. “If they are successful in obtaining an order against BT, then they intend to seek similar orders against all the other significant ISPs in the UK.”
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