The U.S. Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against ISIS in Raqqa, and Syrian Civilians Are Paying the Price

Thanks to camera phones and social media, the deadly consequences of U.S. military operations are indeed being recorded, shared, and watched around the world on an unprecedented scale. But while civilian deaths are regularly reported in local media outlets in the Middle East, they are seldom reported in detail by international media.

Fuente: The U.S. Has Ramped Up Airstrikes Against ISIS in Raqqa, and Syrian Civilians Are Paying the Price


Egypt blocks access to news websites including Al-Jazeera and Mada Masr | World news | The Guardian

Egypt has blocked access to at least 21 news sites critical of the government, notably the Qatari channel Al-Jazeera, Huffington Post’s Arabic-language site HuffPost Arabi and the independent website Mada Masr.

Fuente: Egypt blocks access to news websites including Al-Jazeera and Mada Masr | World news | The Guardian


Chelsea Manning released from military prison | US news | The Guardian

Chelsea Manning, the army private who released a vast trove of US state secrets and was punished by the US military for months in penal conditions denounced by the UN as torture, has been released from a military prison in Kansas after serving seven years of a 35-year sentence.

Fuente: Chelsea Manning released from military prison | US news | The Guardian


Campaign group to challenge UK over surrender of passwords at border control | Politics | The Guardian

The move comes after its international director, Muhammad Rabbani, a UK citizen, was arrested at Heathrow airport in November for refusing to hand over passwords. Rabbani, 35, has been detained at least 20 times over the past decade when entering the UK, under schedule 7 of terrorism legislation that provides broad search powers, but this was the first time he had been arrested.

Fuente: Campaign group to challenge UK over surrender of passwords at border control | Politics | The Guardian


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


The Strangers Who Got Snowden’s Secrets in the Mail

The story of Edward Snowden’s disclosure of NSA secrets to the press has been told and retold in books, films, and countless articles. Left unreported has been the quiet role of two journalists who literally had Snowden material mailed to them in a cardboard box.

Fuente: The Strangers Who Got Snowden’s Secrets in the Mail


“La palabra ‘pirata’ pareciera haberse convertido en una especie de fetiche” – El Mostrador

La reproducción y distribución ilegal de copias de obras protegidas por el derecho de autor generan -sólo en Chile- pérdidas superiores a los US$4 mil millones. Cómo frenar la circulación de material apócrifo y desincentivar el consumo de productos culturales falsos, es el desafío que se han impuesto la PDI y Editorial Santillana.

Fuente: “La palabra ‘pirata’ pareciera haberse convertido en una especie de fetiche” – El Mostrador


Malware Attacks Used by the U.S. Government Retain Potency for Many Years, New Evidence Indicates

A new report from Rand Corp. may help shed light on the government’s arsenal of malicious software, including the size of its stockpile of so-called “zero days” — hacks that hit undisclosed vulnerabilities in computers, smartphones, and other digital devices.The report also provides evidence that such vulnerabilities are long lasting. The findings are of particular interest because not much is known about the U.S. government’s controversial use of zero days.

Fuente: Malware Attacks Used by the U.S. Government Retain Potency for Many Years, New Evidence Indicates


Prominent Human Rights Activists in Egypt Targeted by Sophisticated Hacking Attacks

The campaign, which the reports call Nile Phish, coincides with an unprecedented crackdown on civil society in Egypt over the past few years, with non-governmental organizations and their staff being subjected to interrogations, arrests, travel bans, asset freezes, forced closures and a long-running trial over accusations of receiving foreign funding to destabilize the country.

Fuente: Prominent Human Rights Activists in Egypt Targeted by Sophisticated Hacking Attacks


María Olivia Mönckeberg y el peligro de las noticias falsas: “Esto puede afectar incluso la seguridad de las personas” – El Mostrador

lo que me preocupa, lo que preocupa mucho en general, es esto de las noticias falsas. Yo lo centraría más en la cuestión de las famosas redes sociales.

Fuente: María Olivia Mönckeberg y el peligro de las noticias falsas: “Esto puede afectar incluso la seguridad de las personas” – El Mostrador


Edward Snowden backers beam calls for pardon on Washington news museum | US news | The Guardian

Now the most audacious display of support for Snowden is under way. Messages calling for his pardon are being beamed on to the outside wall of the Newseum, the Washington institution devoted to freedom of speech and the press that stands less than two miles from the White House.

Fuente: Edward Snowden backers beam calls for pardon on Washington news museum | US news | The Guardian


With authoritarianism and state surveillance on the rise, how can civil society be protected from digital threats?

Policymakers have given a great deal of attention to the cyber security of governments, critical infrastructure, military targets and commercial enterprises. But civil society groups are also under threat, including human rights defenders, environmental activists, political watchdogs, and other groups promoting the rule of law and democracy.What can be done about these digital threats to civil society around the world?

Fuente: With authoritarianism and state surveillance on the rise, how can civil society be protected from digital threats?


Ley Uber: el extraño “olvido” del Gobierno – El Mostrador

Como pocas veces, el Gobierno logró un amplio consenso respecto de un proyecto de ley, en este caso, el que pretende regular los servicios de Uber y Cabify. El rechazo ha sido unánime.Si bien cada actor tiene sus razones, hay coincidencia de que la propuesta del Ejecutivo no resolverá el tema de fondo –y que realmente debe ser la finalidad de toda normativa–, cual es mejorar la calidad de servicio que se brinda a los usuarios, disponer de una oferta vehicular amplia y contar con tarifas justas y transparentes.

Fuente: Ley Uber: el extraño “olvido” del Gobierno – El Mostrador


Chile Mejor sin TPP: “Bachelet sigue sin comprender que es el pueblo chileno el que se opone al Acuerdo” – El Mostrador

La plataforma criticó al Gobierno chileno por “continuar actuando con secretismo. Ahora se ocupó la cumbre de la APEC para tratar de cocinar un salvataje al TPP”.

Fuente: Chile Mejor sin TPP: “Bachelet sigue sin comprender que es el pueblo chileno el que se opone al Acuerdo” – El Mostrador


Organizaciones Latinas preocupadas por reforma electoral argentina

Las abajo firmantes, organizaciones dedicadas a la defensa de los derechos humanos y civiles en entornos tecnológicos, expresamos nuestra profunda preocupación por el proyecto de ley argentino para la incorporación de tecnologías informáticas en la emisión del voto.Seguidamente, detallaremos tres puntos clave del proyecto aprobado en la Cámara de Diputados Argentina que tendrían un impacto negativo en los derechos fundamentales de los ciudadanos.

Fuente: Organizaciones Latinas preocupadas por reforma electoral argentina


California single mother faces jail time for selling homemade food on Facebook | US news | The Guardian

The Facebook group, which she doesn’t use any more, was designed to build community, Ruelas added.“It helped a lot of people in a lot of ways. The purpose wasn’t to get rich.”

Fuente: California single mother faces jail time for selling homemade food on Facebook | US news | The Guardian


Open Data Projects Are Fueling the Fight Against Police Misconduct

situation is beginning to change — as a growing number of police accountability groups are starting to bypass the departments by aggregating and distributing misconduct history databases on their own.

Fuente: Open Data Projects Are Fueling the Fight Against Police Misconduct


ACLU Wants 23 Secret Surveillance Laws Made Public

“The people of this country can’t hold the government accountable for its surveillance activities unless they know what our laws allow,” said Patrick Toomey, a staff attorney with the ACLU’s National Security Project. “These secret court opinions define the limits of the government’s spying powers. Their disclosure is essential for meaningful public oversight in our democracy.”

Fuente: ACLU Wants 23 Secret Surveillance Laws Made Public


Idec pede que Justiça proíba uso de dados do WhatsApp pelo Facebook

o que se busca é evitar que o Facebook passe a compartilhar dados pessoais do WhatsApp — o que se tornou possível visto que Mark Zuckerberg é agora dono das duas empresas.

Fuente: Idec pede que Justiça proíba uso de dados do WhatsApp pelo Facebook


Europe’s Top Human Rights Court Will Consider Legality of Surveillance Exposed by Edward Snowden

Ten organizations – including Privacy International, the American Civil Liberties Union, and Amnesty International – are taking up the landmark case against the U.K. government in the European Court of Human Rights (pictured above). In a 115-page complaint released on Thursday, the groups allege that “blanket and indiscriminate” surveillance operations carried out by British spy agencies in collaboration with their U.S. counterparts violate privacy and freedom of expression rights.

Fuente: Europe’s Top Human Rights Court Will Consider Legality of Surveillance Exposed by Edward Snowden


Haylucas.cl: crean web que informa y transparenta uso del Fondo de Apoyo a la Educación Pública – El Mostrador

Una plataforma con información relevante sobre el Fondo de Apoyo a la Educación Pública (FAEP). Eso es www.haylucas.cl, un sitio de transparencia para la ciudadanía. La idea es que las comunidades educativas conozcan las cifras en la página y así se involucren, de manera informada, en el uso que los municipios hacen de dichos recursos.

Fuente: Haylucas.cl: crean web que informa y transparenta uso del Fondo de Apoyo a la Educación Pública – El Mostrador


Switzerland votes in favour of greater surveillance | World news | The Guardian

Rights group Amnesty International said it regretted Sunday’s result, arguing that the new law would allow “disproportionate” levels of surveillance and that it posed “a threat to freedom of expression”.

Fuente: Switzerland votes in favour of greater surveillance | World news | The Guardian


Las detenciones irregulares en São Paulo que empezaron con un militar infiltrado en Tinder | Internacional | EL PAÍS

EL PAÍS reconstruye la detención de 21 personas antes de una marcha contra el presidente Temer el pasado día 4Los manifestantes sospechan que un militar se infiltró en varias redes sociales, entre ellos una de ligue, para identificarlos

Fuente: Las detenciones irregulares en São Paulo que empezaron con un militar infiltrado en Tinder | Internacional | EL PAÍS


“Un Estado democrático debería garantizar el voto secreto” » Noticias Urbanas

A un año de las elecciones legislativas, y a tres meses de que pueda legalizarse el voto electrónico en todo el país, Noticias Urbanas consultó a expertos informáticos para conocer más sobre la BUE.

Fuente: “Un Estado democrático debería garantizar el voto secreto” » Noticias Urbanas


New Film Tells the Story of Edward Snowden; Here Are the Surveillance Programs He Helped Expose

Oliver Stone’s latest film, “Snowden,” bills itself as a dramatized version of the life of Edward Snowden, the NSA whistleblower who revealed the global extent of U.S. surveillance capabilities.

Fuente: New Film Tells the Story of Edward Snowden; Here Are the Surveillance Programs He Helped Expose


Social media revolution is tough to ‘like’ for Southeast Asian governments- Nikkei Asian Review

a tectonic plate has shifted in national dialogues, even under repressive regimes. Riding the wave of information technology, people find themselves able to communicate collective ideas, intents, desires, frustrations, identities, resentments, tastes and consumption preferences as never before.

Fuente: Social media revolution is tough to ‘like’ for Southeast Asian governments- Nikkei Asian Review


‘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


How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide

As part of an ongoing effort to “exploit medical intelligence,” the National Security Agency teamed up with the military-focused Defense Intelligence Agency to extract “medical SIGINT” from the intercepted communications of nonprofit groups starting in the early 2000s, a top-secret document shows.

Fuente: How the U.S. Spies on Medical Nonprofits and Health Defenses Worldwide


‘It feels like a gift’: mobile phone co-op transforms rural Mexican community | World news | The Guardian

Indigenous Communities Telecommunications (TIC) last month won a long battle with the government to become the world’s first not-for-profit group to be granted a mobile phone concession.The social cooperative has licence to install and operate mobile phone networks in 356 marginalised municipalities in five of the country’s poorest states: Chiapas, Guerrero, Oaxaca, Puebla and Veracruz.It means couples like Pérez and Martinez will be able to talk and text on their mobiles for a fraction of the cost currently charged by phone booth operators.

Fuente: ‘It feels like a gift’: mobile phone co-op transforms rural Mexican community | World news | The Guardian


German proposals could see refugees’ phones searched by police | World news | The Guardian

Checking smartphones of those without passports among measures announced by the interior minister, Thomas de Maizière

Fuente: German proposals could see refugees’ phones searched by police | World news | The Guardian


Chelsea Manning: ‘It is terrifying to face the government alone’ | US news | The Guardian

In an interview with Amnesty International, made exclusive to the Guardian ahead of its publication in the new book Here I Stand, Chelsea Manning describes her feelings of isolation while in the hands of the most powerful government in the world.

Fuente: Chelsea Manning: ‘It is terrifying to face the government alone’ | US news | The Guardian


America’s broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court | Technology | The Guardian

The Electronic Frontier Foundation is suing the US government over ‘unconstitutional’ use of the Digital Millennium Copyright Act

Fuente: America’s broken digital copyright law is about to be challenged in court | Technology | The Guardian


El Líbero – El indignado reclamo de participantes del proceso constituyente por la filtración de sus correos personales – #NoticiasdelDía

Una polémica se generó ayer tras filtrarse los correos electrónicos de personas que participaron en los encuentros locales autoconvocados (ELA), como parte del proceso constituyente que impulsa el Gobierno de la Presidenta Michelle Bachelet, y que se realizaron en el país hasta el mes pasado.

Fuente: El Líbero – El indignado reclamo de participantes del proceso constituyente por la filtración de sus correos personales – #NoticiasdelDía


Tor Project, a Digital Privacy Group, Reboots With New Board – The New York Times

The Tor Project, a nonprofit digital privacy group, on Wednesday replaced its board with a new slate of directors as part of a larger shake-up after allegations of sexual misconduct by a prominent employee.

Fuente: Tor Project, a Digital Privacy Group, Reboots With New Board – The New York Times


El erróneamente llamado “derecho al olvido” no es un derecho, es una forma de censura | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

En esencia, incorporar el mal llamado “derecho al olvido” en la Constitución de la Ciudad de México, lejos de un avance en el ejercicio de derechos, es una amenaza grave al ejercicio de los mismos. Frente a derechos tan fundamentales como el derecho a la verdad, el acceso a la información, el debido proceso, la libertad de expresión y en un marco democrático marcado por la deliberación pública, conceptos fraudulentos como “el derecho al olvido” suponen una regresión.

Fuente: El erróneamente llamado “derecho al olvido” no es un derecho, es una forma de censura | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales


Turkey’s President Survives Coup Attempt, Thanks in Part to Social Media He So Despises

The plotters failed, despite following a script that might have succeeded in the 20th century, in part because Erdogan was able to rally support for democratic rule using 21st century tools: video chat and social media.

Fuente: Turkey’s President Survives Coup Attempt, Thanks in Part to Social Media He So Despises


Justice department ‘uses aged computer system to frustrate Foia requests’ | Politics | The Guardian

A new lawsuit alleges that the US Department of Justice (DoJ) intentionally conducts inadequate searches of its records using a decades-old computer system when queried by citizens looking for records that should be available to the public.

Fuente: Justice department ‘uses aged computer system to frustrate Foia requests’ | Politics | The Guardian


Constitución: Actas de encuentros serán públicas pese a alerta por protección de datos

Hoy el Gobierno dará a conocer cuántas actas totales fueron subidas luego de que el plazo expirara ayer. En su reunión de hoy, el Consejo de Observadores analizará la metodología propuesta por el Ejecutivo para la segunda etapa de la reforma.


“El Watergate es una ilusión diseñada por Hollywood”

“La gestión de los Papeles de Panamá es un ataque a nuestro modelo”, asegura el fundador de Wikileaks, muy crítico con el Consorcio Internacional de Periodistas de Investigación que ha publicado esta última gran filtración”Los medios establecidos tienen que limitarse constantemente bajo los poderes del establishment, los poderes del Estado al que pertenecen”, dice Assange en esta entrevista con eldiario.es en la Embajada de Ecuador en Londres

Fuente: “El Watergate es una ilusión diseñada por Hollywood”


Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions

The decision by U.K. voters to leave the EU is such a glaring repudiation of the wisdom and relevance of elite political and media institutions that — for once — their failures have become a prominent part of the storyline.

Fuente: Brexit Is Only the Latest Proof of the Insularity and Failure of Western Establishment Institutions


Sólo actas de 1.300 cabildos de más de13.000 serán validadas por problemas en la web – El Mostrador

Una seria advertencia hicieron algunos miembros del Consejo Ciudadano de Observadores (CCO) respecto a que sólo actas de 1.300 cabildos de los más de 13.000 que están inscritos serán validadas e incluidas en el texto final del gobierno, debido a que la página web ha presentado deficiencias como el no contar con un sistema de autoguardado y problemas de conexión.

Fuente: Sólo actas de 1.300 cabildos de más de13.000 serán validadas por problemas en la web – El Mostrador


¿Tiene Noruega la fórmula para solucionar el grave problema global de la evasión de impuestos? – El Mostrador

En Oslo, o cualquier ciudad noruega, si tenías alguna duda sobre tus finanzas o las de cualquier compatriota antes de la era digital, sólo tenías que ir al ayuntamiento o municipalidad y buscar los detalles. Hoy en día, quien quiera saber cuánto ganan sus colegas, el jefe o la vecina puede encontrar la respuesta en internet.

Fuente: ¿Tiene Noruega la fórmula para solucionar el grave problema global de la evasión de impuestos? – El Mostrador


Bolivia cerca de regular redes sociales

El gobierno de Bolivia ha mostrado al menos dos frentes para controlar la difusión de contenidos propios y ajenos en redes sociales: la creación de la Dirección General de Redes Sociales y la intención de elaborar una normativa que prohíba el anonimato y la difamación de funcionarios públicos.

Fuente: Bolivia cerca de regular redes sociales


| ¿Cuál es el rol del sector privado sobre la libertad de expresión en internet?

En su más reciente informe, el Relator Especial para la Libertad de Expresión de Naciones Unidas centra su atención en la acción del sector privado. ¿Dónde está Latinoamérica en el panorama mundial de las grandes empresas de internet?

Fuente: | ¿Cuál es el rol del sector privado sobre la libertad de expresión en internet?