Sir Tim Berners-Lee: Recognise the Internet as a human right
Sat 13 Dec 2014, 20:40

Sir Tim Berners-Lee called for the Internet to be recognised as a basic human right. Sir Tim noted that in our increasingly unequal world, the Web has the potential to be a great equalizer, but only “if we hardwire the rights to privacy, freedom of expression, affordable access and net neutrality into the rules of the game.”

The 2014-15 edition of the Web Foundation’s annual Web Index examines key Web issues — including privacy, censorship, gender-based violence, equality and, for the first time ever, net neutrality — across 86 countries. The findings from this year’s Index point to a Web that is becoming less free and more unequal.

Microchip implants in humans grow in popularity
Sat 13 Dec 2014, 20:20

Martijn Wismeijer, a Dutch citizen, uses one chip as a savings account for bitcoins – which he says is the safest way to keep them. The chip on his other hand stores the passwords for 900 websites. People who have been chipped can unlock or lock their phones or make payments simply by scanning their hand.

Worldwide some 2,000 people have been ‘chipped’ and their number is growing.

Martijn Wismeijer

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Romania's Ministry of Finance wants a database with all bank accounts
Sat 13 Dec 2014, 15:00

A draft legislative project wants to automatically collect all financial data from all opened bank accounts as a way to combat fraud. The Association for Technology and Internet (ApTI) together with 6 other Romanian NGOs argued against such measures of mass surveillance and commented that they are disproportionate and violate the right to privacy.

The ministry's draft law and ApTI's opinion are available only in Romanian.


Households who use CCTV cameras violate data protection law
Fri 12 Dec 2014, 10:40

EU judges have said private households who use CCTV cameras to film people in public spaces outside their house violate data protection law. The case stems from a Czech man who filmed vandals attacking his house and gave the recordings to Czech police.

UK specialist for catching dark net pedophiles
Thu 11 Dec 2014, 19:20

IT Worlds brings to attention the fact that the U.K. will set up a specialist unit that will use high-tech capabilities to hunt down pedophiles on the Tor anonymity network and other dark corners of the Web. The unit will combine the investigatory expertise of the U.K.’s National Crime Agency (NCA) with those of the Government Communications Headquarters (GCHQ), the U.K’s intelligence service, to tackle the worst cases of child sexual exploitation online.

Civil society groups call for Trans-Pacific Partnership secret text to be revealed
Thu 11 Dec 2014, 18:40

The Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF) has joined dozens of civil society groups from around the world in calling for the release of the secret text of the Trans-Pacific Partnership (TPP)—a massive proposed trade agreement that could quash digital rights for Internet users everywhere in the name of intellectual property protection. "The TPP has been under negotiation for five years, but the only real information we have about it has been through leaks," said EFF Global Policy Analyst Maira Sutton. "Those leaks show extremely troubling provisions, including expanding laws that hurt fair use and free speech along with a number of privacy-threatening enforcement proposals.