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Stories and links so that you never have a chance to forget the lack of free democracy in the world. This is fuel for a better future :)


Pirate Vik Fri 22 Jan 2016 9:12AM

How many new laws proposing crypto backdoors? Let's see if we can make a list..

California Bill Seeks Phone Crypto Backdoor

New York Wants to Force Vendors to Decrypt Users’ Phones

UK Government Goes Full Orwell: Snooper's Charter, Encryption Backdoors, Free Speech Suppression


[deactivated account] Sat 23 Jan 2016 12:59AM


One of its WORST kind! --
China rates its own citizens - including online behaviour

In China, Your Credit Score Is Now Affected By Your Political Opinions – And Your Friends’ Political Opinions

Inside China’s plan to give every citizen a character score

Experts, policy makers urge world governments not to undermine encryption

20 Jan 2016 -- On Wednesday, the American Civil Liberties Union unveiled a new campaign to introduce a slew of pro-privacy bills in 16 states across America and the District of Columbia.

EU fights back : EU seeks more clout for national privacy regulators in new US data pact

#TakeCTRL: Americans take to Twitter to campaign for more privacy

India's Central Monitoring System (CMS): Something to Worry About? — The Centre for Internet and Society

Central Monitoring System by Year-end(2015) in India
(Can someone confirm if its active now?)

India violating privacy of Internet users: report

The Law of Online Privacy in India - Supreme Court Cases

INDIA:The cyber law series: How data privacy and surveillance have crept into the workplace

The Short-lived Adventure of India’s Encryption Policy

Intelligence agencies are using terrorism as a lever to weaken online privacy

MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar pushes for a Privacy Law, says IT Ministry’s response in Parliament was “misleading”

India Only ‘Partly Free’ When it Comes to Internet Freedom


[deactivated account] Sat 23 Jan 2016 1:02AM

@vik Does this thread cover privacy issues as well? data reach , intrusion of privacy legally/ illegally , free speech stc.. stuff like that?.. if yes , ive got some..


Pirate Vik Sat 23 Jan 2016 11:30AM

@arjun I was thinking about encryption but, yes let's include privacy issues generally


[deactivated account] Tue 26 Jan 2016 9:06PM

Something positive :
The SNOWDEN treaty : a proposed treaty that would curtail mass surveillance and protect the rights of whistleblowers:


[deactivated account] Tue 26 Jan 2016 9:15PM

How the NSA used an encryption flaw to spy on trillions of connections | BGR

This one really worries me (Dont forget to read Top-Down Control of the Internet and ISP Liability)
The Final Leaked TPP Text Is All That We Feared

WikiLeaks - TPP Treaty: Intellectual Property Rights Chapter - 5 October 2015


[deactivated account] Fri 29 Jan 2016 10:24PM

U.S.A : Congressional Hearings on Surveillance Programs to Kick Off — in Secret


[deactivated account] Fri 29 Jan 2016 11:06PM

::::::::::::::::::::::A very useful approach to account for::::::::::::::
::::::::::::::: of online content:::::::::::

In short:
Presently there is no way of determining whether a site has been ordered to be blocked by the Government or if it is down due to technical reasons.

You either get Error 403 ‘Forbidden’ (to indicate that the server can be reached and understood the request, but refuses to take any further action) or 404 ‘Not Found’ (to indicate that the requested resource could not be found but may be available again in the future).

Basically , ISP’s can choose to display an ERROR 451 as a standardised way to notify users know when a website is unavailable following a legal order.

The code creates a distinction between websites blocked following a court or an executive order, and when information is inaccessible due to technical errors.

The use of the code will improve confidence in blocking practices, allowing users to understand the grounds on which their right to information is being restricted.

How does this help?
**Makes the Government accountable on matters of

online censorship.
*Implementing a standardised machine-readable flag for
censorship will go a long way in bolstering the
accountability of ISPs that have in the past targeted an
entire domain instead of the specified URL.


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