F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

F.T.C. Approves Facebook Fine of About $5 Billion

The Federal Trade Commission voted this week to fine Facebook about $5 billion for mishandling users’ personal information, according to two people briefed on the vote, in what would be a landmark settlement that signals a newly aggressive stance by regulators toward the country’s most powerful technology companies.

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Opinion | ‘Love Island’ Is a Lesson in Surveillance

Millions of viewers tune in six days a week for an unrelenting barrage of relationship drama recorded from every possible angle, using as many as 73 cameras and countless hidden microphones to capture it all.

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Elizabeth Warren Wants to Replace Every Single Voting Machine to Make Elections 'As Secure As Fort Knox'

Warren’s Medium post indicates the plan would allocate about $20 billion over 10 years to election administration and security. “We have a solemn obligation to secure our elections from those who would try to undermine them,” Warren writes in the blog post.

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

We just got a chance to finally force Congress to do something about the NSA surveillance programs that Edward Snowden exposed -- and maybe even facial recognition too -- but we have to act fast

Tlaib-Pressley Amendment #91: States none of the funds in this Act available to the Department of Housing and Urban Development may be used to purchase, lease, or otherwise utilize facial or other biometric recognition software, hardware or system.

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Join the Epic Livestream to Save Net Neutrality

Fight For the Future has provided some great resources for embedding the video, a widget and pre-written social media posts to make it easier than ever to show your support. Tell Congress how you feel, spread the word on social media and enjoy this epic livestream:.

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

I left the ad industry because our use of data tracking terrified me

And the rest of the ad industry, which depends on their data to compete, has no choice but to go along with whatever whims and changes come their way. For more than a decade, tech companies and advertisers have said there’s no need for opt outs, because people like targeted ads.

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

An Open Letter to Amazon Shareholders

A unified chorus of civil rights organizations, AI experts, customers, Amazon employees, academics, impacted communities, and members of Congress has warned about the dangers of government face surveillance and the company’s product, Rekognition.

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

Soon You May Not Even Have to Click on a Website Contract to Be Bound by Its Terms

The authors of the Restatement — three professors from Harvard Law School, NYU School of Law and the University of Chicago Law School — contend that courts have reasoned there’s no need for businesses to do more, because nobody reads these contract terms anyway.

EU2019: Which MEPs voted in favour of digital rights?

EU2019: Which MEPs voted in favour of digital rights?

It's more interesting to observe that 10 member states have no MEPs consistently voting for digital rights. Despite the clear public message, many MEPs consistently voted against digital rights. Despite the clear public message, many MEPs voted against digital rights.

EU countries back copyright overhaul that threatens to hit YouTube and Facebook

EU countries back copyright overhaul that threatens to hit YouTube and Facebook

European Union countries approved sweeping reforms to the bloc's copyright laws on Monday, marking a symbolic end to a political battle that has pitted tech giants against high-profile media figures.

House votes to restore net neutrality as White House threatens Trump veto

House votes to restore net neutrality as White House threatens Trump veto

Rep. Anna Eshoo (D-Calif.) said that anyone who thinks net neutrality rules aren't needed should talk to Santa Clara County firefighters, whose "unlimited data" plan was throttled by Verizon while they were fighting a wildfire last year.

Tomorrow, Congress Votes on Net Neutrality on the House Floor! Hear Directly from Members of Congress at 8pm ET TODAY on Reddit, and Learn What You Can Do to Save Net Neutrality!

Tomorrow, Congress Votes on Net Neutrality on the House Floor! Hear Directly from Members of Congress at 8pm ET TODAY on Reddit, and Learn What You Can Do to Save Net Neutrality!

Many people still aren’t aware of the fight for Net Neutrality, and don’t realize that it will impact them in very real ways– especially those Americans living in rural areas who have the least choice when it comes to internet service providers.

Swiss Post puts e-voting on hold after researchers uncover critical security errors

Swiss Post puts e-voting on hold after researchers uncover critical security errors

The researchers did not participate in the public intrusion test, but it was clear that their findings could not be ignored.“Although the electronic ballot box could not be hacked, feedback on the published source code reveals critical errors,” Swiss Post said in a statement last week.

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

MEPs accidentally vote wrong way on copyright law

Several MEPs have said they accidentally voted the wrong way on a key amendment of a new European copyright directive, meaning the most controversial aspects of the law might have been removed had they not erred.

Article 13: EU passes copyright directive which will lead to a more censored internet

Article 13: EU passes copyright directive which will lead to a more censored internet

Part of making sure that anti internet legislation like Article 13 doesn’t continue to be proposed and passed is holding the politicians that voted for it accountable.

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The European Parliament has voted in favour of Article 13

The EU argues that up until now, online platforms such as YouTube and Google News have been making huge sums of money by hosting or directing people to creative content – but haven’t been funnelling much of that cash back to the people who the content in the first place.

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

DARPA Is Building a $10 Million, Open Source, Secure Voting System

“Galois and DARPA have just stepped up and filled a vacuum of leadership at the federal level to address the well-documented vulnerabilities in US voting machines that constitute a national security crisis.” But even so, the secure designs are expected to change how new CPUs are architected going forward.

EU Article 11 and 13 Internet Copyright Laws Finalized

EU Article 11 and 13 Internet Copyright Laws Finalized

Article 13 also states that websites would become liable for the content user’s upload- with copyrighted content – much like the SESTA/FOSTA law in the US that amends section 230 of the Communications Decency Act. Due to the transformative nature of memes and the vast majority of internet content as a whole, websites like Youtube, Twitter, Imgur, Twitch, and more would struggle to operate as they do now in the EU should the laws pass.

Exposing Harms, Fighting Back

Exposing Harms, Fighting Back

But, as the Privacy International Network continues to uncover, campaign and advocate on these issues, it becomes clear that that it is possible to begin to achieve change.

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

Stop Sending Regular Text Messages

“With this action, the FCC [is] stifling free speech by giving telephone carriers the freedom to block any text message they wish, potentially harming competition and our democracy values.” There’s just no way to survive modern life without texting, but you don’t need to use regular texting to do that.

EPIC Makes Final Arguments to Supreme Court in Voter Data Privacy Case

EPIC Makes Final Arguments to Supreme Court in Voter Data Privacy Case

Commission, urging the Supreme Court to review a decision that wrongly denied EPIC access to a required privacy impact assessment for state voter data. EPIC filed suit against the Presidential Election Commission last year to halt the collection of state voter data pending the completion of the assessment.

FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages

FCC affirms that wireless carriers can block unwanted text messages

The Federal Communications Commission voted on Wednesday to clarify that wireless carriers have the authority to block unwanted or spam text messages, but Democrats warned the decision would allow carriers to block or censor texts that customers send.

I'm Voting for Net Neutrality!

I'm Voting for Net Neutrality!

Tell the world you’re voting for net neutrality Big Cable’s lobbyists are telling Congress that no one cares about net neutrality. Take a photo with our #VoteForNetNeutrality badge to tell your representatives you expect them to vote for the free and open Internet.

A new app called Vote With Me lets you see the voting record and political party of every contact in your phone

A new app called Vote With Me lets you see the voting record and political party of every contact in your phone

But the app also pulls your voter registration and voting record, and that same information from anyone in your phone's contacts, allowing you to see which political party your friends are registered with.

Is Decentralisation the new Utopia from centralized governments?

Is Decentralisation the new Utopia from centralized governments?

Decentralized technologies eliminate the need to position a human intermediary in systems by providing a global platform for respective parties to interact on a peer to peer network. The country’s government operates on Blockchain and all the citizens are provided with digital tokens which function as Voter Id card.

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

I Bought Used Voting Machines on eBay for $100 Apiece. What I Found Was Alarming

The information I found on the drives, including candidates, precincts, and the number of votes cast on the machine, were not encrypted. By using a $15 palm-sized device, my team was able to exploit a smart chip card, allowing us to vote multiple times.

YouTube speaks out against EU’s Article 13 copyright changes

YouTube speaks out against EU’s Article 13 copyright changes

“Article 13 as written threatens to shut down the ability of millions of people – from creators like you to everyday users – to upload content to platforms like YouTube.

Italy Steps Up To Defend EU Internet Users Against Copyright Filters – Who Will Be Next?

Italy Steps Up To Defend EU Internet Users Against Copyright Filters – Who Will Be Next?

Back in May 25, when member countries met to settle on their original “negotiating text”, the national governments barely agreed between themselves on whether the directive should go forward.

35 Million U.S. Voter Records for Sale on the Dark Web

35 Million U.S. Voter Records for Sale on the Dark Web

Apparently, the data that is being offered for sale comes from updated statewide voter lists, and includes millions of full addresses, phone numbers, and names.

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

Petition · European Parliament: Stop the censorship-machinery! Save the Internet! · Change.org

For the next vote we need as many as possible supporters. This is intended to send a clear, Europe-wide message from both critics and activists against the copyright law reform and in favour of freedom of information.

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