Posts tagged “Wikileaks”

On The Internet, No One Watches The Wiretappers

“When Twitter revealed in January that it had received a Department of Justice order to hand over information on three users associated with WikiLeaks, the real surprise wasn’t that an Internet company had been asked to secretly spill user data for a criminal investigation. It was that, for once, the firm hadn’t kept quiet about it.

Chris Soghoian, a privacy researcher at Indiana University and the Center for Applied Cybersecurity Research, has been following that Twitter case closely as a potentially precedent-shaping test for how and when the government can nab users’ online information. And now he’s released a paper that puts the case in context, outlining just how little Americans are told about the extent of government surveillance on the Internet.”

From Forbes

China accuses US of human rights double standards

“The Chinese government has attacked the US for targeting WikiLeaks while campaigning for internet freedom overseas.

Last week the secretary of state, Hillary Clinton, criticised China’s “worsening” record – citing the detention of artist Ai Weiwei and others – as she released the annual state department survey of the human rights situation around the world. An introduction to the Chinese document, by the state news agency Xinhua, said the report was “full of distortions” and the US “turned a blind eye to its own terrible human rights situation”.”

From The Guardian

Twitter forced to hand over personal data on subscribers to government

“On 11 March, a US court ordered Twitter to cooperate with the government in an enquiry into Internet users suspected of working for whistle-blowing website WikiLeaks. Twitter will be obliged under the ruling to hand over the personal data of the Internet users concerned.

Judge Theresa Buchanan declared that the ruling did not violate the First Amendment of the US Constitution, which guarantees freedom of expression. “The Twitter Order does not seek to control or direct the content of petitioners’ speech or association,” she said.”

From Reporters Without Borders

Revealed: The India Cables from Wikileaks

“Starting today, March 15, The Hindu offers its readers a series of unprecedented insights into India’s foreign policy and domestic affairs, diplomatic, political, economic, social, cultural, and intellectual – encountered, observed, tracked, interpreted, commented upon, appreciated, and pilloried by U.S. diplomats cabling the State Department in Washington D.C.”

Julian Assange tells students that the web is the greatest spying machine ever

“The internet is the “greatest spying machine the world has ever seen” and is not a technology that necessarily favours the freedom of speech, the WikiLeaks co-founder, Julian Assange, has claimed in a rare public appearance.

Assange acknowledged that the web could allow greater government transparency and better co-operation between activists, but said it gave authorities their best ever opportunity to monitor and catch dissidents.

While Assange was skeptical about the role played by Facebook and Twitter in fomenting unrest in the Middle East, he argued that cables released by WikiLeaks played a key role by forcing the US government not to back former Egyptian president Hosni Mubarak.”

From The Guardian

Meet the hacktivist who tried to take down the government

“Many believe “hacktivism”, or online activism, is a legitimate form of protest but this young man quickly discovered the authorities believe otherwise.

Matthew George loved the internet. The 22-year-old confessed loner from Newcastle used to spend almost all of his waking hours online in chat rooms and social networking sites.

But in October 2009 this online existence was suddenly threatened. The Rudd government had announced its plan to censor the internet. George was outraged. George would now add political activism to his previously mundane internet activities, as he began communicating with members of the internet activist group Anonymous.”

From The Sydney Morning Herald

The new media: Between revolution and repression – Net solidarity takes on censorship

“The year 2010 firmly established the role of social networks and the Internet as mobilization and news transmission tools. In 2010 alone, 250 million Internet users joined Facebook and by the end of the year, the social network had 600 million members. In September that year, 175 million people were Twitter users – 100 million more than in the previous year.

The Internet remains above all a tool used for the better or the worse. In the most closed countries, it creates a space of freedom which would not otherwise exist. Its potential to disseminate news irritates dictators and eludes traditional censorship methods. Some regimes use it – mainly on Facebook and Twitter – to monitor dissidents and infiltrate their networks.”

From Reporters Without Borders

US cable throws more mud at Huawei

“A US diplomatic cable leaked by WikiLeaks has further hampered the efforts of network equipment vendor Huawei as it aims to win more global business.

Huawei and fellow Chinese-held networking vendor ZTE have already been banned from contracts in India over national security fears.

In a cable released on WikiLeaks, Huawei and rival Chinese telco supplier ZTE are credited with providing ‘good and cheap’ equipment that often wins government procurement tenders.”

From itnews

The truth about Twitter, Facebook and the uprisings in the Arab world

“As commentators have tried to imagine the nature of the uprisings, they have attempted to cast them as many things: as an Arab version of the eastern European revolutions of 1989 or something akin to the Iranian revolution that toppled the Shah in 1979. Most often, though, they have tried to conceive them through the media that informed them – as the result of WikiLeaks, as “Twitter revolutions” or inspired by Facebook.

Precisely how we communicate in these moments of historic crisis and transformation is important. The medium that carries the message shapes and defines as well as the message itself. The instantaneous nature of how social media communicate self-broadcast ideas, unlimited by publication deadlines and broadcast news slots, explains in part the speed at which these revolutions have unravelled, their almost viral spread across a region. It explains, too, the often loose and non-hierarchical organisation of the protest movements unconsciously modelled on the networks of the web.”

From The Guardian