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[liberationtech] Politwoops is back! India Net Neutrality battle, and 8 other stories

Yangbo Du yangbodu at alum.mit.edu
Fri Jan 8 10:11:48 PST 2016


If you had been using Politwoops before Twitter revoked API access (now
reinstated as announced below), feel free to share your experiences and
insights.

Hope everyone had a strong start to 2016!

Cheers
Yangbo Du

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Politwoops is back! inside twitter's transparency reboot
<https://www.accessnow.org/politwoops-coming-back-twitter-transparency-reboot/>

You spoke out
<http://act.accessnow.org/ea-action/action?ea.client.id=1921&ea.campaign.id=42617>,
and Twitter listened. In a victory for transparency worldwide, the company
announced
<https://blog.twitter.com/2015/holding-public-officials-accountable-with-twitter-and-politwoops>
that it’s restoring access to Politwoops, the tool that publishes
politicians’ deleted tweets. It’s now up and running in 25 countries
<http://openstate.pr.co/118922-politwoops-up-and-running-in-25-countries-more-to-come>
and counting. The decision comes in the context of a deeper, promising
transparency reboot at the company.
Net neutrality
Global groups decry Facebook's actions on Net Neutrality in India
<https://www.accessnow.org/global-rights-groups-decry-facebooks-actions-on-net-neutrality-in-india/>

This week, 31 digital rights groups from around the globe released an open
letter
<https://www.facebook.com/notes/access-now/open-letter-to-mark-zuckerberg-on-net-neutrality-advocacy-in-india/1048696751840666>
to Facebook chief Mark Zuckerberg calling out Facebook for its recent
actions concerning the Free Basics program in India. India is holding a
consultation on Net Neutrality rules in which regulators are considering
whether “zero rated” programs like Free Basics are compatible with its
principles. The letter cites Facebook’s troublesome language in petitions
and newspaper ads in India, which evidently led regulators in the country
to extend the period for consultation in an effort to get more meaningful
feedback
<http://gadgets.ndtv.com/internet/news/net-neutrality-debate-trai-to-write-back-to-free-basics-supporters-784397>.
“Facebook’s misguided language on Net Neutrality skirts the fact that
millions have supported constructive, sustainable rules that would protect
the open internet and chart a strong future for innovation in India,” said
Raman Jit Singh Chima, Policy Director at Access Now.
Via Access Now

<https://www.facebook.com/notes/access-now/open-letter-to-mark-zuckerberg-on-net-neutrality-advocacy-in-india/1048696751840666>
free expression
Shutdown: Etisalat shuts off internet services in Morocco and Egypt
<https://www.accessnow.org/etisalat-shuts-off-services-in-egypt-and-morocco/>

Major internet services have been shut down in Egypt and Morocco, violating
Net Neutrality principles and damaging free expression throughout the
region. These worrying actions come in the lead-up to the fifth anniversary
of the uprising in Egypt, which thrived on the open internet.
Via Access Now
Privacy
Dutch govt says no to backdoors, slides $540k into OpenSSL without breaking
eye contact
<http://www.theregister.co.uk/2016/01/04/dutch_government_says_no_to_backdoors/>

The Dutch government has formally opposed the introduction of backdoors in
encryption products. In a position paper
<http://www.tweedekamer.nl/kamerstukken/brieven_regering/detail?id=2016Z00009&did=2016D00015>
published Monday by the Ministry of Security and Justice, the government
notes that “introducing a technical input into an encryption product that
would give the authorities access would also make encrypted files
vulnerable to criminals, terrorists and foreign intelligence services.”
Via the register
U.K.’s draft Investigatory Powers bill under fire by human rights and tech
groups
<http://www.parliament.uk/business/committees/committees-a-z/joint-select/draft-investigatory-powers-bill/publications/?type=Written#pnlPublicationFilter>

More than a 100 submissions giving evidence to the U.K. parliament on the
highly controversial bill have now been published online -- adding fuel to
the fire of damning comments
<http://www.wired.co.uk/news/archive/2016-01/06/mass-surveillance-william-binney-nsa-uk-ip-bill>
by U.S. National Security Agency whistleblower William Binney, who says the
law would “cost lives.” Our submission
<http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/draft-investigatory-powers-bill-committee/draft-investigatory-powers-bill/written/26363.pdf>
(PDF) points out that not only does the bill threaten the human rights of
people in the U.K., its provisions apply to companies and individuals
around the world, and therefore constitutes a threat to human rights
globally. We also filed a joint submission
<http://data.parliament.uk/writtenevidence/committeeevidence.svc/evidencedocument/draft-investigatory-powers-bill-committee/draft-investigatory-powers-bill/written/26360.pdf>
(PDF) with Electronic Frontier Foundation, New America’s Open Technology
Institute, and other digital rights groups that provides further evidence
of the flaws in the legislation.
Via uk parliament
Why privacy is important, and having “nothing to hide” is irrelevant
<http://robindoherty.com/2016/01/06/nothing-to-hide.html>

The governments of Australia, Germany, the U.K. and the U.S. are attacking
your privacy. Here’s a lucid, powerful explanation of why you should be
concerned, even if you have “nothing to hide.”
Via robindoherty.com
Spying on Congress and Israel: NSA cheerleaders discover value of privacy
only when their own is violated
<https://theintercept.com/2015/12/30/spying-on-congress-and-israel-nsa-cheerleaders-discover-value-of-privacy-only-when-their-own-is-violated/>

Surveillance hawks in the U.S. Congress protested loudly when they
discovered that the National Security Agency may have spied on their own
private communications.
Via the intercept
the big picture
The heroes who saved the internet in 2015
<http://www.dailydot.com/politics/internet-freedom-heroes-2015/>

The internet changed in 2015. The Daily Dot profiles the women and men who
helped bring about major victories for digital rights, including Access
Now’s Estelle Masse, who spoke before the European parliament
<https://www.accessnow.org/access-now-testifies-on-mass-surveillance-in-the-eu-at-european-parliament/>
in the wake of the Paris attacks to argue that “changing our way of life in
response to these attacks would make us live in fear, not freedom.”
Via DailyDot
The biggest security threats we’ll face in 2016
<http://www.wired.com/2016/01/the-biggest-security-threats-well-face-in-2016/>

Among the threats identified: more backdoors like the one revealed by
Juniper Networks
<http://www.wired.com/2015/12/juniper-networks-hidden-backdoors-show-the-risk-of-government-backdoors/>,
which may have been intended for use by the U.S. National Security Agency.
Via Wired
We're hiring
Seeking a European Policy Manager in Brussels
<https://www.accessnow.org/european-policy-manager-brussels-belgium/>

Please help us find the right person! Take a look at the details and pass
the word along <https://twitter.com/accessnow/status/685041961288478720>.
Via Access Now

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