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Jordan Starts Blocking ‘Unlicensed Websites’

[First published on Jadaliyya.]

[…] the [Telecommunications Regulatory] Commission directs you to do what is required to block the websites listed in the attached document and prevent your subscribers from accessing them before the end of today, June 2, 2013. Note that the websites that don’t have a URL in the list, you will be provided with later.

What followed was a list of 304 websites.

This is the request sent by the Jordanian Telecommunications Regulatory Commission to Internet Service Providers (ISPs) on 2 June 2013, and published by Jordanian citizen media platform 7iber. The request is in line with legislation enforced back in September 2012––the Press and Publications Law. The Press and Publications Department, a state entity once formally known as thee Censorship Department, is now in charge of applying this law.

Jordan counts nearly 500 online news outlets. According to the current version of the Press and Publications Law, any such website has to register with the Press and Publications Department in order to obtain a license. Registering is reported to cost 1,000 Jordanian dinars (1,400USD). The websites listed in the blocking request are deemed « unlicensed, » meaning having neither obtained a license nor applied to obtain one. Reportedly, 102 websites remain accessible for either having obtained a license or for having applied for such within the official deadlines.

The move caused a deluge of discussions on a wide range of media channels, when Press and Publications Department director denied a fee is required to get registered and after a cement factory website was identified as listed among the websites to be blocked for allegedly manufacturing paper. As no official has offered commentary on these discrepancies, the process through which websites are selected for blocking remains obscure.

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Publié par le 6 juin 2013 dans Digital freedom

 

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#UAE94: Thought Trial in the United Arab Emirates

I am finally done curating this awful thing… Five months, twelve hearings, nearly 100 defendants and countless ‘collateral’ victims detained over delirious charges. Albeit some of the defendants belonging to Al-Islah (UAE’s Ikhwan division), this is just a very badly disguised thought trial. The Storify, gathering nearly all that exists in English on the topic, covers the timespan between Jan 29, 2012 and May 20, 2013. It’ll be regularly updated:
View the story « #UAE94: Thought Trial in the UAE »

 
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Publié par le 21 mai 2013 dans Digital freedom, Politique

 

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The Democratic Bahraini Regime Kills Irony Once More

Today March 12 is the World Day Against Cyber-Censorship. Initiated by Reporters Without Borders (Reporters Sans Frontières, RSF) back in 2011, the Day aims « to rally everyone in support of a single Internet without restrictions and accessible to all. » RSF released a special report highlighting the « Enemies of the Internet. » The report, which presents the 2012 list of countries, has identified five State Enemies of the Internet: these are all ‘spy’ states as they conduct systematic online surveillance which results in human rights violations. They are Syria, China, Iran, Bahrain and Vietnam.

The report also emphasize the importance of advanced technology which enables authoritarian regimes to
spy on their citizens. RSF has thus compiled a list of five « Corporate Enemies of the Internet, » that is 5 privately held companies which it names ‘digital era mercenaries’ because they sell software used by authoritarian governments to commit violations of human rights and freedom of information. With no surprises, these are Gamma Group, Trovicor, Hacking Team, Amesys/Bull and Blue Coat.

I guess the Bahraini repressive regime is greedy for becoming even more famous: in celebration of its excellent rank in the top 5 of the ‘Enemies of the Internet,’ it has arrested 6 tweeps. The Bahrain Youth Society for Human Rights lists the names and a few details on each case. The Bahraini Ministry of Interior cheekily explained:

The General Director of Anti-Corruption and Economic and Electronic Security announced on Tuesday that a group of individuals were monitored for using social media for defamation of the King. Investigation identified six of them, in which they were referred to the public prosecution.

He said that freedom of expression in protected within the constitution and law, while urging for the best use of social media to avoid breaking the law.

I guess no comment is needed at this point…

 
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Publié par le 12 mars 2013 dans Digital freedom, Politique

 

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Closed-source software recommended to Syrian activists as 100% secure…

It is about Wickr, an app only available for iOS thus far. I remember this app made me smile when it was announced back in June 2012: it sends messages and photos that will be erased. The funny thing is that the user chooses for how long the messages/photos will last.

Nico Sell, co-founder of Wickr and one of the organisers of the DefCon, says Wickr will bring « NSA top-secret level encryption to the masses. » It seems absolutely awesome.

As operating on entirely proprietary and locked OS was not enough, Wickr also uses proprietary cryptography algorithms and its source code is closed. I’m confused about the « geek utopia » Sell depicts as follows:

Wickr has a patent pending on technology which Sell said could give people ways to safeguard anything they send or put online, even digital bytes in Internet telephone calls or posts to leading social network Facebook.

Loads of discussions (Mashable, for the non-crypto specialists and Liberationtech for the geekier) have been taking place around how much one could trust this tool. As quite a few security concerns have been addressed (see the Liberationtech messages above), I was particularly alarmed by the following in the Mashable article:

So could Wickr be used by an activist in Syria who is worried about enemy spies and Assad’s regime? Sell has no doubts — she answers that question with an unflickering « yes. »

You mean, people at risk of dying for communicating through technology could use a tool that only a small crowd knows the secrets of?
The blackbox software is good for you

 
 

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Spoiling Our Cultural Heritage

Just a quick notice: I’ve written a piece for TechDirt. on the outrageous agreement between the French National Library (Bibliothèque nationale de France) and ProQuest: Dirty Deeds: French National Library Privatizes Public Domain, Part 2. If ever you are wondering: Part 1 is here, by great Glyn Moody 🙂

 
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Publié par le 20 février 2013 dans Digital freedom

 

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Cairo Administrative Court Bans YouTube… | Une cour égyptienne veut bloquer YouTube…

(Français ci-dessous)

This morning, February 9, the Cairo Administrative Court announced its decision to ban YouTube and « all other websites that showed the anti-Islam film » ‘The Innocence of Muslims’. The ban is for 30 days. The lawsuit was initially filed on 18 Sept 2012 by a lawyer, Mr. Mohamed Hamed Salem, in the middle of a MENA-wide turmoil the trailer provoked. The lawyer insisted on having the website removing all anti-Muslim videos as they « distort the image of the Prophet ».

Courtesy @asteris

Courtesy @asteris

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Publié par le 9 février 2013 dans Digital freedom

 

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[Brevia] #NetNeutrality through Neelie Kroes’s eyes

In an Op-Ed in Libération (in French), Neelie Kroes, the European Commissioner for Internet-related policies, can be found giving in to telecom operator pressure and giving up on Net Neutrality. Ms. Kroes supports the creation of a fragmented Internet, banning innovation and opening the door to unacceptable censorship.

Read more from La Quadrature du Net: English, French

The Internet according to Neelie Kroes, by @mmu_man

The Internet according to Neelie Kroes, by @mmu_man

 
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Publié par le 18 janvier 2013 dans Digital freedom

 

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Freedom fighter Aaron Swartz commits suicide

I guess anyone out there has come up to know Aaron one way or the other. For me, it was when he created the RSS 1.0 specification, but more importantly after he freed an impressive amount of the JSTOR scientific publications repository. This bold action of knowledge sharing called for another copyright-prompted obscenity: he was charged with « data theft » and indicted on a wide range of charges. The prosecution continues, and Aaron was facing up to 35 years imprisonment. The thief who stole knowledge later founded DemandProgress.org, the movement that kicked off the campaign against internet censorship bills SOPA and PIPA.

MIT’s The Tech announced this morning that Aaron has committed suicide on January 11. May he rest in peace.

 
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Publié par le 12 janvier 2013 dans Digital freedom

 

[Brevia] Slovenia Backs Net Neutrality

The government adopted an Economic Communications Bill in September 2012, more importantly enforcing net neutrality. The government has also engaged into transposing the EU ‘cookie’ directive after it consistently failed enacting it (along with four other EU countries) and was referred to the European Court of Justice.

On 19 December 2012, the Electronic Communications Bill was passed by the Slovenian Parliament, and the rules are now officially published in the Official Journal on 31 December [PDF]. This makes Slovenia the second EU country — after the Netherlands — to have officially enforced net neutrality in its national legislation.

When will the EU Commissioner for the Digital Agenda wake up and resume working on enforcing this fundamental principle?

Note: for more on the Cookie Law Enforcement within the EU, check Cookiepedia out.

 
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Publié par le 3 janvier 2013 dans Digital freedom, Politique

 

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Cyberpunk mayonnaise: Thoughts about the cyberspace in a day without internet

The awkward moment when you wake up and realize your internet connection is screwed up is the moment where you start thinking in a different way. Yes, in 2012, in a rich Western country, a storm can still cut the internet. In such a case, “storming the internet” takes a very clear, ground-level meaning… Well, ok, let’s get to something tasty yet nearly forgotten: being home alone and reading a book.

I get bored very easily and have a particular propensity of making myself accomplish miracles. In other words, I start a huge amount of complex tasks that I often have little knowledge about: what is more exciting than exploring immense territories of human minds and imagination? This is a rhetorical question. Coherent with myself, I’m in the situation where my third year of PhD in science coincides with the year when I have to complete my Bachelor’s in Law of the industrial property. Yeah, I know. But I spoke miracles, right.

Anyway, lyrical auto-centered swerve ends here. After 5 minutes of deep exhausting thinking, I decided that my Bachelor’s thesis should encompass not only the privatization of biological matter and genetic information – where I could thoroughly explain why biopatents are a very ugly and unnatural idea – but that I should broaden the spectrum of ugly and unnatural ideas to the basic, the fundamental one: intellectual property itself. I thus decided to include the so called “new technologies” (that is, the Internets) and software patents.

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Brevia: En Californie, les élèves porteront des vêtements avec des cartes RFID

RFID - 1984L’Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) signale que des responsables d’écoles en Californie (États-Unis) vont suivre des élèves avec des puces RFID. Cela a été rendu possible grâce à une subvention du gouvernement fédéral.

 
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Publié par le 1 septembre 2010 dans Digital freedom, Politique, Privacy

 

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Ce qu’ils savent de vous (fin)

PrivateDans les deux billets précédents Ce qu’ils savent de vous (1) et (2), je vous dressais un pitit paysage réjouissant de la confidentialité sur internet. La question qui se pose immanquablement est : comment se protéger de la collecte de données personnelles ? Voici quelques idées et outils.

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Bookmark: « We come in peace » – the Chaos Communication Congress announced

We come in peace, said the conquerers of the New World.
We come in peace, says the government, when it comes to colonise, regulate, and militarise the new digital world.
We come in peace, say the nation-state sized companies that have set out to monetise the net and chain the users to their shiny new devices.
We come in peace, we say as hackers, geeks and nerds, when we set out towards the real world and try to change it, because it has intruded into our natural habitat, the cyberspace. Let us explore each other’s truly peaceful intentions at this year’s Chaos Communication Congress 27C3 to be held from Monday December 27 to Thursday December 30, 2010 in Berlin, Germany.

27C3 calls for participation! The following areas are of particular interest this year:

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Ce qu’ils savent de vous (2)

eyeCe billet fait suite au n°1 où il était brièvement question des cookies et de ce que nous pouvons laisser comme traces sur le web. Dans celui-ci, il sera question des données personnelles accessibles via certains sites web et du développement de la pub comportementale permise par cet excès de données personnelles.

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Publié par le 26 août 2010 dans Digital freedom, Privacy

 

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Bookmark: Chat HADOPI

Choisir toujoursMonsieur Eric Walter, secrétaire général de la HADOPI, sera disponible pour un chat ce vendredi 27 août, entre 12h30 et 13h30. Pour poser des questions en avance, c’est par ici.

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Bookmark: Souriez, vous êtes scannés !

Après la vidéosurveillance jusque dans les toilettes des écoles, voici la toute dernière hallucination sécuritaire : l’empreinte squelettique. En effet, le Wright State Research Institute serait en train de développer un procédé de scan de personnes dans les aéroports, parcs publics ou autres endroits susceptibles d’être « cibles d’attaques terroristes, abus d’enfants ou autres crimes » dans le but de définir leurs empreintes squelettiques. Selon les personnes en charge de ce nouveau mode de surveillance, chaque personne, de par la composition, la forme et autres caractéristiques de son squelette, est unique, ce qui justifie la future efficacité du scan pour dénicher les terroristes. Bon voyage !

Pour plus d’informations, consulter l’article Wright State researchers developing skeletal scans to recognize terrorists.

 

Bookmark: Les femmes = l’avenir du numérique ?

« Une étude de Comscore, analysée par Peter Preston, sur le Guardian, montre que les médias qui sont lus par plus de femmes ont de meilleurs résultats. » L’analyse en français est sur owni.fr.

 

Mettre la main sur ma correspondance privée… ou juste le doigt

À l’ère numérique, où la confidentialité est en train de devenir un concept vintage…
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Publié par le 24 août 2010 dans Digital freedom, Politique, Privacy

 

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Bookmark: Une base de données collaborative du filtrage dans le monde

Vous voulez participer à la censure du net mondiale ? Paul, le créateur d’IPFuck, a besoin d’aide pour créer une base de données collaborative du filtrage dans le monde. C’est par ici !

 

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Brevia : Les articles de la semaine à lire sans faute

Je pars en week-end prolongé dans 1h, alors je n’ai pas le temps d’écrire quelques billets… Néanmoins, voici une liste des articles intéressants de la semaine. Au menu : neutralité du net compromise par Google, numérisation des lobbyistes par le collectif Regards citoyens, historique et enjeux de la régulation des tests génétiques, condamnation d’une entreprise pour violation de la GPL,…

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