Battles for Democracy. Week 15

Battles for Democracy. Week 15

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy: The heartbleed bug;  US spied human rights organisations;  Nations buying as hackers sell flaws in computer code; Alaveteli: Open Source Freedom of Information Platform; Angela Merkel denied access to her NSA file… and much more. Following week we won’t publish ‘Battles for Democracy’ all the content will be published in week 16’s so be prepared for a […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 14

Battles for Democracy. Week 14

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy we couldn’t write about. Citizens Losing Citizens abused or killed, liberties and rights cut. As we approach the European elections in late May, many Members of the European Parliament (MEPs) will be considering their future careers, either because they have made the decision to step down or because they fear losing their seat. If experiences from the […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 13

Battles for Democracy. Week 13

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy we couldn’t write about. Citizens Losing Citizens abused or killed, liberties and rights cut. More than 500 people sentenced to death in a single hearing in Egypt. According to state media reports, in a single hearing, the Minya Criminal Court sentenced 529 supporters of former President Mohamed Morsi to be executed for their alleged role in violence […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 12

Battles for Democracy. Week 12

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy we couldn’t write about. Citizens Losing Citizens abused or killed, liberties and rights cut. New Law Means Photographers In Hungary Must Ask Permission First. The new civil code outlaws taking pictures without the permission of everyone in the photograph. The real danger is that private security companies or the police will try to keep reporters and photojournalists […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 11

Battles for Democracy. Week 11

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy we did not write about this past week. Citizens Losing Citizens abused or killed, liberties and rights cut. How the NSA Infects ‘Millions’ of Computers with Malware. The classified files – provided previously by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden – contain new details about groundbreaking surveillance technology that NSA has developed to infect potentially millions of computers worldwide […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 10

Battles for Democracy. Week 10

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy we couldn’t write about. Citizens Abused How Filesharing in Germany cost me $3000.  On social media this week, you have likely witnessed dozens of copyright infringements – photos, gifs, videos, quotations. Clampdowns on piracy, as the German system demonstrates, attack the core idea of the net, scapegoating users for new technology’s inescapable impact. Rights protection has its […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 9

Battles for Democracy. Week 9

Citizens Abused Lauri Love refuses to turn over Encryption Keys in UK demand under RIPA. On 7 February 2014 the deadline for Lauri Love to turn his encryption keys over to the UK government expired. Who is Lauri Love, who despite being charged with no crime,  is finding himself facing the very real threat of imprisonment over draconian laws? The Internet is Fucked. Massive companies […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 8

Battles for Democracy. Week 8

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy we couldn’t write about. Towards a True Democracy Nothing this week. Citizens Abused… and Murdered EU political parties ignoring young people. In the most recent European elections in 2009, youth absenteeism was very high, almost 65%. European political parties do not target young people in their campaigns most likely because they do not vote. Surprisingly, it seems […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 7

Battles for Democracy. Week 7

A weekly summary of the battles for democracy we couldn’t write about. Towards a True Democracy The Court of Justice of the European Union (CJEU) steers hyperlinks clear from copyright protection (pdf): “The owner of a website may, without the authorisation of the copyright holders, redirect internet users, via hyperlinks, to protected works available on a freely accessible basis on another site. This is true […]

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Battles for Democracy. Week 6 (Previously: News Digest)

Battles for Democracy. Week 6 (Previously: News Digest)

This post summarizes some of the battles we did not write about the past week. Towards a True Democracy – Citizens Abused Despite Pushback, Internet Freedom Deteriorates. The Freedom on the Net 2013 report summarizes the findings after the assessment of the most commonly used types of internet control in 60 countries: (1) Blocking and filtering, (2) cyberattacks against regime critics, (3) new laws and […]

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