From Bahrain With Love: FinFisher's Spy Kit Exposed Download PDF version Introduction Click here to read the Bloomberg News article. The FinFisher Suite is described by its distributors, Gamma International UK Ltd., as “Governmental IT Intrusion and Remote Monitoring Solutions.” 1 The toolset first gained notoriety after it was revealed that the Egyptian Government’s state security apparatus had been involved in negotiations with Gamma International UK Ltd. over the purchase of the software. Promotional materials have been leaked that describe the tools as providing a wide range of intrusion and monitoring capabilities.2 Despite this, however, the toolset itself has not been publicly analyzed. This post contains analysis of several pieces of malware obtained by Vernon Silver of Bloomberg News that were sent to Bahraini pro-democracy activists in April and May of this year.
Commotion = The Commotion Wireless Project proposes building a 'device-as-infrastrucure' distribution communications platform URL = "Democratic activists around the globe will gain access to a secure and reliable platform to ensure their communications cannot be controlled or cut off by authoritarian regimes."  Venessa Miemis: "Commotion aims to build a new type of tool for democratic organizing: an open source “device-as-infrastructure” distributed communications platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, WiFi-enabled computers, and other WiFi-capable personal devices to create a metro-scale peer-to-peer (mesh) communications network
E-G8 Forum Sarkozy addresses the E-G8 Origin The idea for the event came up on a blog post by Tariq Krim in which the founder of Netvibes complained that France doesn't have its own CTO. The blog post was reposted by Arnaud Dassier and Loïc Le Meur, and read by the Elysée's technical counsellor Nicolas Princen, who then convinced Nicolas Sarkozy to take a step towards the French digital natives after the failure of Hadopi. Attendees Content and reactions Bill of Rights in Cyberspace, amended « BuzzMachine I’m still refining my thoughts on a Bill of Rights in Cyberspace — the latest version in preparation for tomorrow’s PDF symposium on WIkileaks and transparency. The idea is to have principles we can point to when dealing with such events as Wikileaks, Google/Verizon, Google/China, and so on. Try this on for size:
R&D Budget and Policy Program - Home Skip to main content Home R&D Budget and Policy Program Providing timely, comprehensive, and independent analyses of federal research & development funding trends since 1976. For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying by: Morgan Marquis-Boire, Bill Marczak, Claudio Guarnieri & John Scott-Railton Citizen Lab is pleased to announce the release of “For Their Eyes Only: The Commercialization of Digital Spying.” Read the Report [PDF]*(updated on 16 September 2013) The report features new findings, as well as consolidating a year of our research on the commercial market for offensive computer network intrusion capabilities developed by Western companies. Our new findings include: We have identified FinFisher Command & Control servers in 11 new Countries.
CommOTIon Wireless Project - Camp 2011 Public Wiki From Camp 2011 Public Wiki The New America Foundation’s Open Technology Initiative (OTI) proposes to build a new type of tool for democratic organizing: an open source “device-as-infrastructure” distributed communications platform that integrates users’ existing cell phones, WiFi-enabled computers, and other WiFi-capable personal devices to create a metro-scale peer-to-peer (mesh) communications network. Leveraging a distributed, mesh wireless infrastructure provides two key enhancements to existing circumvention technologies and supports human rights advocates and civil society organizations working around the globe.
Governance Ecology - Global Element - - CoActivate last modified January 5 by tomlowenhaupt Faced with managing a global resource, global society has experimented with a number of governance organizations and processes since the Internet's founding. Here we focus on the ICANN and touch on the IETF, the U.N.'s Internet Governance Forum, the Internet Society, International Telecommunications Union, civil society, and other organizations and developments as they impact the operation of .nyc and more broadly, city-TLDs.
Cerf: Governments shouldn?t have a monopoly on Internet governance The beauty of the Internet is that it’s not controlled by any one group. Its governance is bottoms-up—with academics, non-profits, companies and governments all working to improve this technological wonder of the modern world. This model has not only made the Internet very open—a testbed for innovation by anyone, anywhere—it's also prevented vested interests from taking control. But last week the UN Committee on Science and Technology announced that only governments would be able to sit on a working group set up to examine improvements to the IGF—one of the Internet’s most important discussion forums.
Learning - DevForum E-Discussions and Communities Tapping into the creative potential of the DevForum tool: A story from the LAC GDLN groupThe Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) region GDLN team is leading the way in tapping the potential of the DevForum tool in very creative ways. “Two examples of current activities that I have initiated on DevForum include a brainstorming and consensus-building exercise among a small virtual group of GDLN managers where the outcome would be a concrete proposal for a GDLN LAC Strategic Business Plan,” says Daniel de la Morena, consultant to the LAC’s Knowledge Management department. “And I am also assisting in the set-up of a community of practice for people involved in e-business in LAC. This community will be similar to the European e-Business Support Network (eBSN): www.e-bsn.org”, he said. “I am using DevForum a lot with operations as a part of knowledge sharing strategies for projects and studies,” says Bari L.