Privacy Shield: More Holes than Swiss Cheese

Privacy Shield: More Holes than Swiss Cheese

What if your most intimate and private information was for sale to anyone in the world? What if anyone could find out your political beliefs, religious affiliation, sexual orientation, or even your medical history? In the US, it is legal for the private sector to collect and sell these types of personal information, and the government is powerless to stop it. Due to the US’ […]

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Interview with the Director of the International Modern Media Initiative

Interview with the Director of the International Modern Media Initiative

The Pirate Times connected with Guðjón Idir in Iceland to ask some questions about the International Modern Media Institute that is running a crowd funding campaign. Its aim is to form Iceland and other nations into a “Switzerland of Bits.” Guðjón Idir became IMMI’s Executive Director in January 2014. His background is in philosophy, psychology and activism. He has a passion for information freedom, human rights […]

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Birgitta Sponsors a Motion in Inter-Parliamentary Union

Birgitta Sponsors a Motion in Inter-Parliamentary Union

The Inter-Parlimentary Union is an organisation that lets MPs from parliaments around the world communicate  and cooperate with each other. An opportunity to consider and voice opinions on matters of international interest and promote human rights. A video describing the union can be seen below: In 2011 the Union took on the case of Member Birgitta Jónsdóttir. Her human rights had been violated by the United […]

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Surveillance Hangs Heavy Over Vienna

Surveillance Hangs Heavy Over Vienna

This article is a guest post from Rodney Yancey, who translated an article originally from Telepolis. Privacy groups in Austria are gearing up. Austria is a small country in the EU, but privacy concerns are as pressing here as everywhere else. It has been a while since citizens failed to prevent the Austrian government from enacting data retention, albeit not for lack of trying. The ensuing media circus yielded the country’s most popular […]

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Exclusive: Illinois Law Allows Schools to Spy on Students & What the News Media Got Wrong

Exclusive: Illinois Law Allows Schools to Spy on Students & What the News Media Got Wrong

Controversy erupted this week after an Illinois elementary school sent a letter home to parents. The letter claimed that the school had the legal authority to demand students’ passwords for social networking sites, such as Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, last.fm, and other popular websites. If the student was suspected of violating school procedures or disciplinary rules, the school could demand a student’s passwords. A local news […]

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Exclusive: A Sneak Peek At CISPA 2015

Exclusive: A Sneak Peek At CISPA 2015

The Cyber Intelligence Sharing and Protection Act (CISPA) is the bill in the US Congress that just refuses to die. Like a zombie, it keeps rising from the dead to harass cyber activists and civil liberties advocates. In a slight reprieve, Representative Mike Rogers, CISPA’s previous co-sponsor, has announced that he will not run for re-election. Never one to waste an opportunity for a crisis, […]

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#SIF14 Conference, How Important is Internet Freedom?

#SIF14 Conference, How Important is Internet Freedom?

Stockholm Internet Forum 2014 (SIF14) “aims to deepen the discussions on how freedom and openness on the Internet promote economic and social development worldwide”. This was the third time that the Stockholm Internet Forum was organized by The Swedish Ministry for Foreign Affairs, .SE (The Internet Infrastructure Foundation) and The Swedish International Development Cooperation Agency (Sida). The conference promotes ‘Internet Freedom’ and this year they […]

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