United Kingdom: Phone and email records to be stored in new spy plan

United Kingdom:  Details of every phone call and text message, email traffic and websites visited online are to be stored in a series of vast databases under new Government anti-terror plans. Landline and mobile phone companies and broadband providers will be ordered to store the data for a year and make it available to the […]

World War 3 ? Who should control the Internet (if the idea of control is right)?

These are subjectively highlighted excerpts from the well researched Vanity Fair May 2012 article “In the Battles of SOPA and PIPA, who should Control the Internet” By Michael Joseph Gross, reposted here with a comment, some pictures and a mischievous cartoon. This year, in the month of December, Diplomats from 193 countries will converge at the […]

A document from 39 years ago: Western Concern for Privacy in the age of Computers

Common Concerns [ This was in 1973, 39 years ago, when “when computers ran on steam and the internet was still largely mechanical”. I was led to this document from a message posted by Karl Auerbach in the At Large mailing list today ] Most of the advanced industrial nations of Western Europe and North […]

India to set up agency to scan tweets, emails and updates

The government is setting up an internet scanning agency which will seek to monitor all web traffic passing through internet service providers in the country. The scanning agency to be called National Cyber Coordination Centre (NCCC), will issue ‘actionable alerts’ to government departments in cases of perceived security threats. … According to the minutes of ameeting […]

Russia And China want the Internet regulated Top-Down

  For all the talk of SOPA/PIPA/ACTA/TPP, there’s another much bigger threat to “the Internet as we know it.” It’s a bunch of countries who are seeking to use the UN’s International Telecommunication Union (ITU) to create a top-down regulatory scheme for the Internet. # ITU has made persistent attempts to take over many of […]