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  • Joly MacFie 2:45 am on 04/02/2014 Permalink | Reply
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    #InternetSociety Calls for Restoration of Full Internet Access in #Turkey #censorship #netfreedom 

    Internet Society President and CEO Kathy Brown issued the following statement on March 31 2014.:

    We are deeply concerned with recent reports that the Turkish government is mandating curtailed access to key social media sites for millions of users across Turkey. Recent actions to implement the Turkish government’s requirement include the redirection of network routes so that Turkish citizens are not getting the correct information from the Domain Name System (DNS). They are instead being redirected to other web sites controlled by Turkish service providers. In addition to undermining core technical functions of the Internet’s architecture, such actions also threaten users’ fundamental human right to seek, receive, and impart information and ideas across frontiers.

    Interfering with a country’s routing of Internet traffic not only harms citizens’ ability to communicate and innovate as part of the global Internet platform; it can also lead to a fragmentation of the network at the regional and global levels. Ultimately, the Turkish people and nation are the ones that will suffer, as their voices will be lost across the net.

    The Internet Society believes that the Internet is a global medium that fuels economic and social development, empowers users with limitless access to knowledge, and supports aspirations for freedom. Bob Hinden, Chair of the Internet Society Board of Trustees, added, “We strongly urge the Turkish Government to stop requiring the blocking of access to social media sites and to allow full Internet access to all Turkish citizens immediately. We believe that the opportunity to participate in the global information society should never be taken away from individuals.”The Internet Society hopes that nations around the world will come to understand that blocking citizens’ access to the tools of online communication only serves to fuel discord and is not the way to address the underlying concerns of their citizens. Such measures can only undermine citizens’ trust in their government’s ability to provide an enabling Internet environment for economic and social progress.

  • Joly MacFie 5:15 am on 11/30/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: censorship, , , , syria   

    @InternetSociety Statement on Syrian Internet Shutdown #SyriaBlackout #netfreedom 

    Internet SocietyOn behalf of Lynn St. Amour, President and CEO, and the Internet Society Board of Trustees:

    Emerging reports from various organizations and individuals indicate that international Internet connectivity was shut off in Syria today. The Internet is an open, global medium for communication, idea exchange, empowerment, and innovation. Access to the global Internet is a crucial enabler of human rights.

    As with previous actions to block Internet traffic in Egypt and Libya, the effect of cutting off Internet traffic – ceasing the flow of information in and out of the country – is a serious action. It harms not only the citizens of Syria, but also Syria’s economy and society at large. The Internet Society stands with other organizations around the world in calling for Internet access to be restored with all due speed and cooperation so that vital services can continue to function and citizens won’t be further impacted.

    First and foremost, the Internet Society joins with the rest of the world in its utmost concern about the safety and security of the Syrian people. Previous cases where such actions were deliberately taken have proven not only to be harmful, but to be ineffective. The Internet Society hopes that the volatile situation in Syria will come to a peaceful solution and that the citizens of Syria will soon be able to join the rest of the world in having their voices heard online.


  • Joly MacFie 4:37 pm on 10/31/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: censorship, DTN, , , musubi, , p2psip, PPSP, twimight   

    Moving Toward a Censorship-free Internet #netfreedon @ietf @internetsociety 

    An article Moving Toward a Censorship-free Internet by Dr. Johan Pouwelse in the October 2012 IETF Journal follows up on a meeting at IETF84 in Vancouver that discussed various technical solutions to government Internet censorship of the kind seen in the Arab Spring.

    Technologies include:

    • Bluetooth Transfer – offline peer-to-peer.
    • Musubi – distributed crypto-enabled smartphone IM app
    • Delay-Tolerant Networking (DTN) – even via repeated bluetooth transfers..
    • Twimight – Decentralized microblogging app for Android
    • P2PSIP – peer-to-peer VOIP – an IETF standard, but with dubious security
    • PPSP – peer-to-peer streaming protocol – serverless video streaming
  • Joly MacFie 5:10 pm on 07/19/2012 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: censorship, circumvention, commotion wireless, , hackfest, , , privacy. censorship   

    VIDEO: Circumvention Tools Hackfest interviews #netfreedom 

    ISOC-NY President David Solomonoff interviewd several of the participants at last week’s Circumvention Tools Hackfest at Columbia Law School. The entire playlist is here. Individual videos are below:
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  • Joly MacFie 4:00 am on 07/11/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    VIDEO: CENSORSHIP 2020: The Future of Free Speech Online #censorship #netfreedom @isocdc 

    ISOC-DCJun 25 2012: The Internet Society’s DC Chapter event CENSORSHIP 2020: The Future of Free Speech Online – was webcast live on the Internet Society Chapters webcasting channel. The event, hosted by the Communication, Culture and Technology Program of Georgetown University, will take the form of an informal discussion with six people fighting for free speech on the Internet in their country–and around the world – who have been declared the Internet Freedom Fellows 2012. This event is a direct follow- up to “Global Networks, Individual Freedoms” held at the United Nations in Geneva on Jun 20 2012.

    What: CENSORSHIP 2020: The Future of Free Speech Online
    When: Monday June 25 2012 5.30pm-7pm EDT | 1330-1500 UTC
    Where: Georgetown University, Washington DC
    Twitter: @ISOCDC | #censorship | #netfreedom
    *Dlshad Othman (Syria), an activist and IT engineer providing Syrians with digital security tools
    *Pranesh Prakash (India), a blogger and cyberlaw expert who is promoting a free Internet and online freedom of speech.
    *Koundjoro Gabriel Kambou (Burkina Faso), a journalist at Lefaso.net, is promoting human rights, democracy particularly among young people.
    *Sopheap Chak (Cambodia), the Deputy Director of the Cambodian Center for Human Rights (CCHR) and one of Cambodia ’s leading bloggers.
    *Andres Azpurua (Venezuela) has trained 300 youth on using Web 2.0 tools to publicize human rights violations.
    *Emin Milli (Azerbaijan), a writer who is using YouTube, Facebook and Twitter to spread information about human rights violations
    *Ambassador (ret.) Richard Kauzlarich, Deputy Director, Terrorism, Transnational Crime and Corruption Center (TraCCC), George Mason University
    More info: http://bit.ly/censorship2020

  • Joly MacFie 3:53 pm on 02/09/2012 Permalink | Reply
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    Global Censorship Conference – March 2012 @yaleisp #netfreedom #censorship 

    Global Censorship Conference

    The Information Society Project is hosting a conference on Global Censorship at Yale Law School on March 30, 31, and April 1, 2012. We welcome your attendance at this exciting event.

    Censorship has long been a means to silence “harmful speech.” What governments consider to be “harmful” has varied across time and regime. Whether it’s the passage of the Alien and Sedition Acts or the more overt uses of force such as in Tiananmen Square, governments have shown time and time again that they are capable of deploying whatever means necessary to eliminate so called “harmful speech.”

    The ubiquity of the Internet has added an additional layer of complexity to issues of government censorship. It is both an unrivaled tool for speech and an incredible tool for monitoring and surveillance. This conference will consider how censorship has changed in a networked world, exploring how networks have altered the practices of both governments and their citizens. Panels will include discussions of how governments can and do censor and how speakers can command technical and legal tools to preserve their ability to speak. The conference will conclude with a discussion of new controversies in censorship, including laws designed to prevent online bullying and intellectual property infringement.

    Panelists include Rebecca MacKinnon, Jack Balkin, Yochai Benkler, and many other wonderful people: http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/panelists.htm

    CLE and MCLE credit is offered. Registration and conference info are available here: http://www.law.yale.edu/intellectuallife/14889.htm

  • Joly MacFie 6:09 pm on 12/14/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @NCUC @ICANN to House – supporting #NetFreedom = rejecting #SOPA ! 

    NCUCTomorrow, December 15, 2011,  the U.S. House of Representatives Committee on the Judiciary will meet to markup and potentially vote in committee on H.R. 3261, the “Stop Online Piracy Act” or SOPA. Today the Non-Commercial Users Constituency (NCUC) of the Generic Names Supporting Organization (GNSO) of the Internet Corporation for Assigned Names and Numbers (ICANN) – of which ISOC-NY is a member – has written a letter to the House Committee expressing its profound concern with the proposed legislation, and the equivalent PROTECT-IP (PIPA) bill in the U.S. Senate, both of which would mandate the blocking and filtering of the Domain Name System (DNS).

    In particular, the NCUC is very concerned with the provisions in both Bills relating to Domain Name System (DNS) filtering. As identified by numerous technical, legal and policy experts:

    • DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering will be ineffective for that purpose and will interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe.
    • Filtering DNS or blocking domain names does not remove the illegal content – it simply makes the content harder to find. Those who are determined to download filtered content can easily use a number of widely available, legitimately-proposed tools to circumvent DNS filtering regimes. As a result, DNS filtering encourages the creation of alternative, non-standard DNS systems.
    • DNS filtering and blocking raises human right and freedom of expression concerns, and often curtails international principles regarding the rule of law, due process and justice. Some countries have employed DNS filtering and blocking as a way to restrict access to the global Internet and to curb free speech.
    • The United States has historically advocated for freedom of expression and has been a strong proponent of online Internet freedoms. The United States Government has a significant responsibility to balance its domestic obligations and their potential global impact, especially with respect to Internet policy. Given its commitment to global Internet freedom, it would be detrimental to the global Internet if the United States were to insist on such an approach.

    NCUC explains that the implications of legislation like PIPA and SOPA will be to have a negative impact upon the Internet’s design and can potentially create serious international political and legal problems. It will compromise Internet freedom held dearly by various organizations and institutions, like the OECD, the European Parliament, the Internet Society, and the Council of Europe – all of whom have committed to preserve this freedom and requested the United States to commit as well to preserving this freedom.

    The letter ends with an appeal to the Committee to consider the viewpoints also expressed by a multitude of actors and organizations and not support legislation that undermines the global Internet.

  • Joly MacFie 4:29 am on 12/13/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    @InternetSociety Joins Opposition to Stop Online Piracy Act #SOPA #PIPA #netfreedom 

    Policies mandating DNS filtering undermine the open architecture of the Internet and raise human rights and freedom of expression concerns

    [Washington, D.C. and Geneva, Switzerland – 12 December 2011] – The Internet Society Board of Trustees has expressed concern with a number of U.S. legislative proposals that would mandate DNS blocking and filtering by ISPs to protect the interests of copyright holders. While the Internet Society agrees that combating illicit online activity is an important public policy objective, these critical issues must be addressed in ways that do not undermine the viability of the Internet as a platform for innovation across all industries by compromising its global architecture. The Internet Society Board of Trustees does not believe that the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) are consistent with these basic principles.

    Specifically, the Internet Society is concerned with provisions in both bills regarding Domain Name System (DNS) filtering. DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering will be ineffective for that purpose and will interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe.
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  • Joly MacFie 3:00 pm on 12/05/2011 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: censorship, , , , , , protectIP,   

    Internet Society statement on DNS Filtering in the US # PIPA #SOPA 

    The Internet Society has noted with concern a number of U.S. legislative proposals that would mandate DNS blocking and filtering by ISPs in order to protect the interests of copyright holders. We agree with proponents of the Protect-IP Act (PIPA) and Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) that combating illegal online activities is a very important public policy objective. However, policies that are enacted to achieve this goal must not undermine the viability of the Internet as a globally reachable platform. After close examination and consultation with the Internet community, we do not believe that the current U.S. legislative proposals are consistent with these basic principles.

    In particular, we are concerned with provisions in both laws regarding DNS filtering. DNS filtering is often proposed as a way to block illegal content consumption by end users. Yet policies to mandate DNS filtering have not proven to be effective – these approaches interfere with cross-border data flows and services undermining innovation and social development across the globe. In addition, DNS blocking raises significant concerns with respect to human rights and freedom of expression and may curtail fundamental international principles of rule of law and due process.

    The United States has an important leadership role when it comes to online Internet freedoms and should show the way when it comes to balancing local responsibilities and global impact, especially with respect to Internet policy.

    In short, the negative impact of DNS filtering far outweighs any short-term, narrow, legal, and commercial benefits. The Internet Society believes that sustained, global collaboration amongst all parties is needed to find ways that protect the global architecture of the Internet while combating illegal online activities. We must all work to support the principles of innovation and freedom of expression upon which the Internet was founded.

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  • Joly MacFie 5:44 pm on 11/16/2011 Permalink | Reply
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    House Judiciary Committee holds hearing on HR.3261, opposition mounts #SOPA 

    Today, Wed. November 16 2011 the U.S House of Representatives Judiciary Committee held a hearing on H.R. 3261, the Stop Online Piracy Act, which was introduced October 26, 2011. This hearing, of which no recording is currently available, was controversial – not only because of the provisions of the Act, but also because, with the exception of Google, every invited witness is a vocal proponent.

    Opponents have deemed today American Censorship Day and statements have been issued opposing the bill including letters from corporationsadvocacy groupsmembers of Congress and law professors.

    A petition on the White House site has already surpassed its target of 25k signatures.


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