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The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal. The .io country code top-level domain is pretty popular right now, particularly among tech startups that want to take advantage of the snappy input/output reference and the relative availability of names —, and are just a few examples.

The dark side of .io: How the U.K. is making web domain profits from a shady Cold War land deal

But who benefits from the sale of .io domains? Sadly, not the people who ultimately should. While .tv brings in millions of dollars each year for the tiny South Pacific island nation of Tuvalu, and .me benefits Montenegro, the people of the British Indian Ocean Territory, or the Chagos Islands, have no such luck. NSA+Law.docx - unnecessary_and_disproportionate.pdf. International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance. Help Support the Little-Known Privacy Tool That Has Been Critical to Journalists Reporting on the NSA.

How is Social Media Transforming Human Rights Monitoring? Syrian youths, inside a vehicle, film a protest against the regime of Syrian President Bashar al-Assad with their phones in the northern city of Aleppo on October 12, 2012.

How is Social Media Transforming Human Rights Monitoring?

(Photo: TAUSEEF MUSTAFA/AFP/Getty Images) Social media is increasingly helpful to not only monitor emerging human rights emergencies, but also to uncover incorrect information. A recent example is when Twitter helped me to spot incorrect contextual information on a newly uploaded execution video from Syria. Busting Egypt's web blackout. An Egyptian protester flashes Egypt's flag as anti-riot policemen use water canon against protesters in Cairo on Jan. 28, 2011.

Busting Egypt's web blackout

Such resilience on the part of protesters has enabled them to find creative ways to circumvent the internet blackout the government imposed Friday. ((Lefteris Pitarakis/Associated Press)) The Egyptian government ordered a digital crackdown Friday in an effort to quell protesters, shutting down internet access and cellphone services, but some Egyptians are still finding ways to connect with others.

"This is certainly not unprecedented in type, but it is unique in scope and size," said Ron Deibert, director of the Canada Centre for Global Security Studies and the Citizen Lab at the University of Toronto. Many countries monitor and filter their citizens' communications and online activities. State internet crackdowns on the rise. Chilling Effects Clearinghouse -

Syria – Traffic Graph – Google Transparency Report. People have been unable to access certain Google products and services at some point in more than 30 countries.

Syria – Traffic Graph – Google Transparency Report

Causes for these disruptions vary, and include network outages and government-mandated blocks. Review current disruptions below or browse all documented disruptions. This list is not comprehensive. Learn more. YouTube June 13, 2014–Present Duration: 90 days Google Sites inaccessible. YouTube March 23, 2009–Present Duration: 1998 days Google Sites partially accessible YouTube June 13, 2009–Present Duration: 1916 days YouTube September 17, 2012–Present Duration: 724 days ACCESS to the Website named be BANNED pursuant to Article 8 of the Law no 5651. The problem with nerd politics. In the aftermath of the Sopa fight, as top Eurocrats are declaring the imminent demise of Acta, as the Trans-Pacific Partnership begins to founder, as the German Pirate party takes seats in a third German regional election, it's worth taking stock of "nerd politics" and see where we've been and where we're headed.

The problem with nerd politics

The Citizen Lab - University of TorontoThe Citizen Lab. Security Experts and Human Rights Advocates Worldwide Ask Yahoo to Improve Security. Details Published on Tuesday, 13 November 2012 09:17 Several well-known organizations and individuals, including our own Eleanor Saitta, have written a letter to CEO of Yahoo Marisa Mayer, asking her to improve the security of Yahoo infrastructure.

Security Experts and Human Rights Advocates Worldwide Ask Yahoo to Improve Security

The letter expressed concern about Yahoo's inability to support encrypted connections to its communication services. For years, security experts have urged Yahoo o adapt HTTPS but the company has not taken any visible steps to do so. Five years ago, in response to serious concerns regarding Yahoo's human rights record, Yahoo founder Jerry Yang promised the US Congress that the company would "do the right thing" and protect human rights globally, as well as focus on openness, privacy and free expression. View letter. Disruption at the Intersection of Technology and Human Rights. When It Comes to Human Rights, There Are No Online Security Shortcuts. Photo courtesy Benetech As one of people who built Martus, an encrypted database used by thousands of human rights activists around the world, I routinely confront the needs of users who are not in wealthy countries, as well as the difficult problem that creating real, easy-to-use security poses.

When It Comes to Human Rights, There Are No Online Security Shortcuts

My thoughts here are focused on the democracy activists, citizen journalists, and human rights workers in the world’s toughest political environments. These are our Martus users, and my colleagues and friends. These are people who need security more than just about anyone: it can be literally a question of life and death. Patrick Ball has spent over 20 years applying scientific measurement to human rights.

One thing that makes that already difficult situation worse, though, is when otherwise well-informed people give bad advice about what is and is not secure.