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Internet Slow Down - Sept. 10th.

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International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance

July 10 marked one year since EFF and a coalition of hundreds of experts and human rights activists put the finishing touches on the Necessary and Proportionate Principles. These 13 Principles articulate how international human rights law should be applied to government surveillance.

 

 

International day against DRM

May 6th was International Day of Action against Digital Restriction Management.

What is DRM?

>a bit of technology that hardware and software manufacturers, publishers, and copyright holders use to control the way we use the devices and media that we own. The idea is to limit users’ ability to copy the content without permission, but DRM does much more: it shapes how people tinker with and share devices, software, music, movies, etc. they legally paid for. Have you ever unsuccessfully tried to copy music you “bought” from your computer to your iPhone? Attempted to download an ebook from Amazon only to discover it isn't “compatible” with your device? That’s DRM at work.

Read more here about the events that took place that day.

Also there is a Guide to DRM-free living at https://www.defectivebydesign.org/guide

 

A Revolution Continues

Article published in Civicus:

by Marlyn Tardros, PhD Executive Director of Virtual Activism

The world watched the January 25th revolution which ousted long-time president Hosni Mubarak. Now the world is watching again, this time with less optimism. But this is the story of a people who refuse anything less than freedom. Egyptians of all walks of life are not sleeping in tonight. Everyone throughout Egypt is on the streets determined to continue their revolution which had been interrupted.

When Egyptians elected the Islamist President Morsi, they were between a rock and a hard place: the first was a Mubarak-era nominee who many believed would be the end of the revolution, while the second was the Islamist Morsi who made promises of bringing the freedom they so longed for to life. The expression 'squeezed a lemon on themselves' referred to those who elected him in spite of knowing he would not be a good choice.

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Civil Society Statement to the Human Rights Council on the impact of State Surveillance on Human Rights addressing the PRISM/NSA case

prism/nsaThe following statement has now been endorsed on behalf of "CSISAC - The Civil Society Information Society Advisory Council To The OECD" regarding PRISM/NSA case:

We express strong concern over recent revelations of surveillance of internet and telephone communications of US and non-US nationals by the government of the United States of America and the fact that US authorities makes the results of that surveillance available to other governments such as the United Kingdom. Of equal concern is the indication of apparent complicity of some US-based Internet companies with global reach.1 These revelations suggest a blatant and systematic disregard for human rights as articulated in Articles 17 and 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights (ICCPR), as well as Articles 12 and 19 of the Universal Declaration of Human Rights.

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