Battles for democracy. Week 25

Battles for democracy. Week 25

Social media mass surveillance is permitted by law, says top UK official. The NSA is more active in Germany and Denmark than anywhere else in Europe. Facebook said they will never use your browsing and app history to show you ads – they lied.

Citizens abused or killed, liberties and rights cut

Social media mass surveillance is permitted by law, says top UK official. It is the first time that the government has admitted that UK citizens, talking via supposedly private channels in social media such as Twitter direct messages, are deemed by the British government to be legitimate legal targets that do not require a warrant before intercepting.

An analysis of secret documents leaked by Edward Snowden demonstrates that the NSA is more active in Germany and Denmark than anywhere else in Europe — and that data collected here, in the case of the with German authorities, may have helped kill suspected terrorists.

Facebook said they will never use your browsing and app history to show you ads – they lied. Last week, Facebook announced it will start using our personal data outside of Facebook to show us ads. Stop Facebook from taking over the world, demand that they stop tracking us!

Canadian high court orders Google to censor entire websites. Not only did the Court order Google to delete the site from its search results on the Canadian “Google.ca” domain, it went even further by demanding it censor the domain worldwide by deleting every instance of the site from its global index.

WikiLeaks released the secret draft text for the Trade in Services Agreement (TISA) Financial Services Annex. The draft has been classified to keep it secret not just during the negotiations but for five years after the TISA enters into force. The draft sets rules which would assist the expansion of financial multi-nationals – mainly headquartered in New York, London, Paris and Frankfurt – into other nations by preventing regulatory barriers.

Group of death: The worst World Cup countries for free expression: Cameroon, Iran, Nigeria and Russia.

Citizens unite, react and take action, institutions support them

US House of Representatives voted overwhelmingly to roll back NSA spying but only on American’s. A majority of Democrats and Republicans voted this week to prevent the NSA from searching the content of American’s communications without a warrant. For non-American citizens however, spying can continue as before. Mass surveillance of foreigners seems to be still perfectly constitutional.

Tell your ISP to stop retaining your data. The judges said that the European law forcing Internet Service Providers to collect sensitive data from us violated our basic right to privacy. But ISPs in the UK like BT, Sky, TalkTalk and Virgin Media are still storing our data! On Government advice they’re carrying on regardless.

Let the European Commission know that you reject privileged rights for private investors. The Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) between the European Union and the United States of America, the largest bilateral trade and investment agreement ever, is being negotiated secretly behind closed doors and trading your rights for benefits for private investors.

Tools For Democracy

Tools to either increase awareness of the threats to democracy, protect yourself against them or to leverage democracy to new levels.

[Spanish] The most impresive and complete collection of tools for collaborative thinking and decision taking: Titanpad, Co-ment, Amara, Appgree, Liquidfeedback, Agora voting, Democracia en red, Your priorities, Propongo, All our ideas, Doodle, Loomio, Incoma, Truth mapping, Meneame, Reddit, Stackexchange, Wikisprints, crowdcrafting, cablegate, and many others.

Cryptome is a digital library host created in 1996 by American independent scholars and architects John Young and Deborah Natsios. The digital library functions as a repository for information about freedom of speech, cryptography, spying, and surveillance.

WikiLeaks is an international, online, non-profit, journalistic organisation which publishes secret information, news leaks, and classified media from anonymous sources.

The NSA in Germany: Snowden’s Documents Available for Download

The Intercept is an online publication launched in February 2014 by First Look Media, the news organization created and funded by eBay founder Pierre Omidyar. Glenn Greenwald, Laura Poitras, and Jeremy Scahill are the editors. The magazine will serve as a platform to report on the documents released by Edward Snowden.

Pedro Gutierrez

About Pedro Gutierrez

The certainty that a World War on Democracy was going on and we, the people, were unaware of it was keeping me up at night. The fact, crystal clear now after Snowden's revelations, that the new battlefield is your mobile, your laptop, your data and so, that every citizen (i.e. you) is being considered a target was inconceivable for me. And it became worse when I realized that most people just didn't care about it: "I don't mind a bit of spying? I'm a good citizen I've nothing to hide". So when Pirate Times let me write about it in this blog I was happy to finally take action. But dear reader be warned because it may happen to you what already happened to me. Reporting week after week about the battles for democracy has changed my perception of the magnitude of this conflict. I already thought when I started that the situation was terrible and the conflict was not winding down but, no matter what, at the end of every week when I submit my post I realize again that I had underestimated it all.

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