Teenage hackers motivated by morality not money, study finds | Technology | The Guardian

Young people attack computer networks to impress friends and challenge political system, crime research shows

Fuente: Teenage hackers motivated by morality not money, study finds | Technology | The Guardian

‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’ | US news | The Guardian

Bernie Sanders, Daniel Ellsberg, former members of the NSA and more weigh in on whether Obama should grant clemency to the divisive whistleblower

Fuente: ‘Edward Snowden did this country a great service. Let him come home’ | US news | The Guardian

Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon | US news | The Guardian

Edward Snowden has set out the case for Barack Obama granting him a pardon before the US president leaves office in January, arguing that the disclosure of the scale of surveillance by US and British intelligence agencies was not only morally right but had left citizens better off.

Fuente: Edward Snowden makes ‘moral’ case for presidential pardon | US news | The Guardian

Hardware ético: una discusión pendiente | Comunicación Abierta

Usar software libre nos da la posibilidad de construir los programas con los que nos construimos a nosotros mismos. Ahora es momento de seguir pensando en la ética del hardware sobre el que hacemos…

Fuente: Hardware ético: una discusión pendiente | Comunicación Abierta

Edward Snowden wins Guardian readers' Nobel peace prize poll, ahead of Malala Yousafzai | World news | The Guardian

Edward Snowden wins Guardian readers’ Nobel peace prize poll, ahead of Malala Yousafzai | World news | The Guardian.

Edward Snowden won the majority of Guardian readers’ votes in our online poll, with Malala Yousafzai, joint official winner, in second place

Edward Snowden speaks during a presentation ceremony for the Sam Adams Award in Moscow, Russia.
Edward Snowden. Photograph: Uncredited/AP

Edward Snowden should have won the 2014 Nobel peace prize, according to Guardian readers who put the NSA whistleblower ahead of official winners Malala Yousafzai and Kailash Satyarthi.

Snowden, who leaked documents revealing global surveillance by the US and UK to the Guardian and others last year, received 47% of reader votes, with educational campaigner Malala gaining 36% and Snowden’s fellow American whistleblower Chelsea Manning at 15%.

He lost the right to live in the country he loves (his words), to be close to his family, his girlfriend, he lost his anonymity and a nice salary in one of the rare companies that could challenge him technically (given his talent there’s not a lot of places where he can grow) and that’s because he’s been lucky not to be in the situation of Chelsea Manning (a fate he had accepted for himself) where he would have lost a lot more.
And he did it just to raise awareness about automatized criminal activities by our own governments and give a chance to the public to decide for itself what to do about it.
He controlled every steps from the moment he started collecting data to the moment the first articles appeared, unlike Chelsea who just sent everything to wikileaks and hoped for the best (that’s why he has my vote more than Chelsea, that and the fact that the data he unveiled are a lot more explosives and forced the whole world to react to it)

Guardian reader Norbert Schuff explained the reasoning behind his vote:

Snowden is the only one on this list who deserves the peace price. His revelations of the broad government surveillance of digital communications not only had the most global impact but will also shape actions for freedom of expression and right of privacy for years to come.

Readers’ hopes were dashed when the Norwegian Nobel Committee awarded the prestigious and often controversial prize to Malala and Satyarthi for “their struggle against the suppression of children and young people and for the right of all children to education”.

The committee prides itself on its independence, but, headed by Norway’s former prime minister Thorbjørn Jagland and chosen by Norway’s parliament, its members are keenly aware of the political ramifications of their decisions.

“Giving it to Snowden would run against all political instincts. He is, after all, considered a traitor to one of Norway’s closest allies,” Kristian Harpviken, director at the Peace Research Institute in Oslo, told the Christian Science Monitor.

Anonymous, LulzSec o Lizard Squad: las comunidades de hackers que atacan según reglas – BioBioChile

Anonymous, LulzSec o Lizard Squad: las comunidades de hackers que atacan según reglas – BioBioChile.


Símbolo común de Anonymous / geek.comSímbolo común de Anonymous / geek.com


Publicado por Eduardo Woo | La Información es de Agencia AFP



Escudados en apodos exóticos, más o menos bien intencionados y exaltando sus talentos informáticos, los piratas cibernéticos forman una comunidad que busca crear el caos… pero en estricto acato a sus normas.

“La gente piensa que los piratas son asociales que viven en un granero. Eso es totalmente falso”, dijo a la AFP Nico Sell, organizadora de DEF CON, la convención más importante de los llamados hackers, cuya edición número 23 se celebrará el próximo año en Las Vegas (oeste de EEUU)

“Para ser bueno (en piratería), hay que comprender cómo funciona la gente y la sociedad. Estos cracks no son cracks normales”, añadió la cofundadora del servicio de mensajería encriptada Wickr.

Las tribus de piratas, entre ellas Anonymous, LulzSec o Lizard Squad, se dividen en dos grupos: los “sombreros blancos”, que utilizan sus habilidades con buenas intenciones, y los “sombreros negros”, que se dedican a espiar o robar.

Estos sabios clandestinos comparten sus hazañas en foros como DEF CON o en chats de internet como 4Chan, indicó por su parte Gabriella Coleman, especialista de esta comunidad de la Universidad McGill de Montreal, en Canadá.

The State of Privacy 2014 | Privacy International

The State of Privacy 2014 | Privacy International.

In Geneva this week, an expert seminar will be held at the Human Rights Council on the right to privacy. To inform these discussions and debates, Privacy International is releasing our report, The State of Privacy 2014, which identifies recent accomplishments from around the world, and highlights significant challenges ahead for this right.

To read the full report, go here.

Promoting and defending the right to privacy in national and international policy discourses is always an interesting challenge. The right to privacy is fundamental to who we are as human beings, insulating our most intimate and personal thoughts and deeds, and acts as a critical safeguard against abuse and overreach by pow- erful institutions. It is perhaps for these reasons that the right has for so long been under attack by governments.

At the same time, privacy has received too little attention within the human rights community. Unlike many other human rights, privacy requires an understanding of law, ethics, technology, sociology, and policy. In many ways it is also subjected to prevailing forces and trends within these domains. Meanwhile significant changes in technology, coupled with trends in security policy, have given rise to previously unimaginable forms of surveil- lance. There has been a deluge of policy and technology changes across the world.

We have seen a gradual and yet significant change in this respect over the past five years, as new technologies have become ubiquitous in both the developed and developing world, and privacy issues have begun to surface in the public consciousness. Privacy International began working with organisations and academics in developing countries in 2008 to promote research and policy engagement around privacy. In this time we have seen privacy make a remarkable ascent up the political agenda in countries across Africa, Asia and Latin America. Privacy and data protection have gained currency in conversations about biometric technologies, identification systems, public health initiatives, development and humanitarian initiatives, and, of course, national security and law enforcement debates.

In June 2013 the entire discourse changed dramatically. The catalyst for the right’s recent rise to the top of international political and human rights agendas was last year’s series of revelations by Edward Snowden, the former NSA contractor. The importance of the Snowden revelations cannot be overstated, as they finally gave us the evidence of what we had most feared: that governments acting with scant attention to legal protections, are using invasive techniques to collect as much as they can, while compromising the systems that we all rely upon. Equally, these revelations accelerated, in leaps and bounds, the process of building public knowledge about global surveillance arrangements and capabilities. Awareness of, and interest in, the right to privacy is now unprecedented.

And so it was that 2013 became the year that privacy advocates finally gained traction in the halls of national parliaments and the United Nations General Assembly; that strong civil society coalitions were formed across borders and regions; that the world’s 101st data protection law was adopted (by South Africa). Privacy became, in the words of Human Rights Watch,‘the right whose time has come’.

An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web | Technology | The Guardian

An online Magna Carta: Berners-Lee calls for bill of rights for web | Technology | The Guardian.

Exclusive: web’s inventor warns neutrality under sustained attack from governments and corporations



Link to video: World wide web inventor Tim Berners-Lee: ‘Establish web’s principles of openness and privacy’

The inventor of the world wide web believes an online “Magna Carta” is needed to protect and enshrine the independence of the medium he created and the rights of its users worldwide.

Sir Tim Berners-Lee told the Guardian the web had come under increasing attack from governments and corporate influence and that new rules were needed to protect the “open, neutral” system.

Speaking exactly 25 years after he wrote the first draft of the first proposal for what would become the world wide web, the computer scientist said: “We need a global constitution – a bill of rights.”

Berners-Lee’s Magna Carta plan is to be taken up as part of an initiative called “the web we want”, which calls on people to generate a digital bill of rights in each country – a statement of principles he hopes will be supported by public institutions, government officials and corporations.

“Unless we have an open, neutral internet we can rely on without worrying about what’s happening at the back door, we can’t have open government, good democracy, good healthcare, connected communities and diversity of culture. It’s not naive to think we can have that, but it is naive to think we can just sit back and get it.”

Berners-Lee has been an outspoken critic of the American and British spy agencies’ surveillance of citizens following the revelations by National Security Agency whistleblower Edward Snowden. In the light of what has emerged, he said, people were looking for an overhaul of how the security services were managed.