Jail for a joke: student’s case puts free speech under spotlight in Spain | World news | The Guardian

Cassandra Vera got suspended sentence for tweets about Franco-era killing in ruling her supporters say will have chilling effect

Fuente: Jail for a joke: student’s case puts free speech under spotlight in Spain | World news | The Guardian


Julian Assange: ‘Chelsea Manning clemency was bid to make life hard for me’ | Media | The Guardian

WikiLeaks founder qualifies his pledge to accept extradition to the US in interview with Australian current affairs programme The Project

Fuente: Julian Assange: ‘Chelsea Manning clemency was bid to make life hard for me’ | Media | The Guardian


Young Russian denies she aided election hackers: ‘I never work with douchebags’ | World news | The Guardian

Alisa Shevchenko is a talented young Russian hacker, known for working with companies to find vulnerabilities in their systems. She is also, the White House claims, guilty of helping Vladimir Putin interfere in the US election.

Fuente: Young Russian denies she aided election hackers: ‘I never work with douchebags’ | World news | The Guardian


Obama escalates anti-Russian campaign with new sanctions and threats – World Socialist Web Site

In an executive order accompanied by a series of official statements, US President Barack Obama has sharply escalated the campaign against Russia, based on unsubstantiated claims of Russian government hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign in the presidential election.

Fuente: Obama escalates anti-Russian campaign with new sanctions and threats – World Socialist Web Site


The hacking is 21st-century, but US-Russia relations are stuck in the past | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian

While Moscow’s cyberwar capacity is cutting-edge, the flurry of expulsions and misguided sanctions simply rehash the mistakes of the cold war

Fuente: The hacking is 21st-century, but US-Russia relations are stuck in the past | Simon Jenkins | Opinion | The Guardian


En qué consisten las sanciones aprobadas por EE.UU. contra Rusia por los ciberataques ocurridos durante la campaña electoral – El Mostrador

La Casa Blanca aprobó severas medidas para castigar a Moscú por sus supuestos intentos de influir en las elecciones presidenciales de noviembre pasado. Donald Trump dijo que el país debe “ocuparse de cosas más grandes y mejores”, aunque anunció que se reunirá la próxima semana con los jefes de inteligencia para informarse sobre el caso.

Fuente: En qué consisten las sanciones aprobadas por EE.UU. contra Rusia por los ciberataques ocurridos durante la campaña electoral – El Mostrador


Obama advierte que EEUU tomará represalias contra Rusia por ataques informáticos durante campaña presidencial – El Mostrador

El presidente comentó además que “algunas (de esas medidas) puede que sean explícitas y públicas, mientras que otras puede que no”.

Fuente: Obama advierte que EEUU tomará represalias contra Rusia por ataques informáticos durante campaña presidencial – 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


One year on, jailed Ethiopian bloggers are still awaiting trial | World news | The Guardian

One year on, jailed Ethiopian bloggers are still awaiting trial | World news | The Guardian.

Zone 9

In 2012, nine Ethiopian men and women came together to create a blogging collective known as Zone 9. In an autocratic country rife with political corruption and where state-run media is utterly dominant, this was a bold move.

Writing in both English and Amharic, the bloggers covered some of the country’s most pressing social and economic issues, giving life to stories all but absent from local media.

Zone 9 believed it was imperative to speak publicly about the national constitution, which claims to protect freedom of expression and the right of assembly, and which demands elections every five years. The bloggers thought that if citizens could hold their government accountable through a free press, the country’s civic fabric could become stronger. Citizens could have some say in how the country was run.

There is a discord between the Ethiopian public and government … they never work for the communities which they claim representation of. They are just nominal representatives; in fact they are representatives of the ruling regime

Mahlet Fantahun, Zone 9 blogger, August 2012

A year ago today, the writers were taken from their homes and detained by police. After 11 weeks behind bars, they were charged under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism laws.

Nothing new

Ethiopia currently ranks fourth on a list of the world’s most censored countries, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists report released this week.

In the run-up to elections in May, the report found that the government had filed lawsuits accusing six publications of “encouraging terrorism”, forcing 16 journalists to flee into exile, while the sole internet provider, Ethio Telecom, stand accused of routinely suspending critical news websites.

This is nothing new: over the last 24 years the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front has fine-tuned its social and political control, whilst simultaneously being credited by western governments for transforming the once poverty-stricken country into a rising, dynamic and stable one.


Icelandic Pirate Party’s rapid rise may result in citizenship for Snowden | Ars Technica

Icelandic Pirate Party’s rapid rise may result in citizenship for Snowden | Ars Technica.

Pirate support reaches 23.9 percent in recent poll, passing conservative party.

Nearly two years after the Icelandic Pirate Party won three seats in the island nation’s parliament in 2013, a new poll shows that the young party has the highest level of support of any party in the country. According to Visir.is, an Icelandic news site, the party’s support has reached 23.9 percent.

If the Píratar can translate that level of current support into actual votes in the next election (currently scheduled for 2017), it could lead to a higher likelihood that the country would grant asylum for Edward Snowden, possibly granting him citizenship as well. The Pirates put forward such a bill (Google Translate) in parliament in 2013, but it has not advanced.

Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who founded the party in 2012, previously told an assembled crowd in Berkeley, California, that she very much wants to help the National Security Agency whistleblower. She currently holds one of the Pirate Party’s three seats in the Icelandic parliament.

The Icelandic parliament has the power to bestow citizenship on applicants by a simple majority vote—most famously this happened with chess champion Bobby Fischer in 2005. Fischer, a native-born American, had run afoul of sanctions laws when he played a match in then-Yugoslavia in 1992. Once he became an Icelander, Fischer flew from Japan, where he had been held in prison, directly to Denmark and on to Iceland. (He lived in Iceland until his death in 2008.)


Los seis intermediarios y el terrorismo – El Mostrador

Los seis intermediarios y el terrorismo – El Mostrador.

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La semana pasada se formalizó a tres responsables de ocasionar los atentados de Los Dominicos y Metro Escuela Militar. Un golpe a la cátedra. Pero este procedimiento no soluciona el problema que viene ocurriendo hace ya un tiempo en Santiago y que podría seguir agravándose si es que las autoridades no toman acciones concretas y efectivas para combatir estos actos.

 

 

El sentido común indica que hoy lo primordial va de la mano con el análisis y seguimiento del posible vínculo de células terroristas de nuestro país con organizaciones internacionales. Tal como planteó un político hace pocos días, los nexos pueden establecerse sin la presencia física. Y ahí las redes sociales operan como arma de doble filo.

 

Actualmente existe una serie de plataformas que permiten la segmentación de publicaciones y, por ende, situar un mensaje en un contexto negativo. Como ejemplo de esta arma de “doble filo”, se puede mencionar a Google Plus, red social que permite la orientación de mensajes de diversa especie, ya sea en comunidades virtuales en las que se puede hablar de política, economía, noticias o tecnología. Acceder a estos espacios es muy simple y ahí surge el problema: con mucha facilidad, es posible gestionar y crear comunidades para hablar y promover diferentes tipos de activismo. Aquí, el terrorismo tiene terreno fértil. Además, se sabe de antemano, que ser parte de una red social para cometer una serie de ilícitos está a un solo clic.


Kim Dotcom: from playboy entrepreneur to political firebrand | Technology | The Observer

Kim Dotcom: from playboy entrepreneur to political firebrand | Technology | The Observer.

He was the flamboyant founder of the popular Megaupload site. But when the US got New Zealand police to arrest him on charges of internet piracy, Kim Dotcom began a remarkable fightback
Kim Dotcom

‘Larger than life’: Kim Dotcom, entrepreneur, playboy, digital pioneer, fugitve and, now, revolutionary? Photograph: Hannah Johnston/Getty Images

There are no hot-tubs. No super-yachts. No models in bikinis. My first encounter with Kim Dotcom is disorienting in many respects, not least for the complete lack of luxury goods and inappropriately dressed women present. Before seeing him take to the stage in Christchurch, the largest city on New Zealand‘s South Island, my image of him has come almost solely from the internet: I’ve seen him posing next to fast cars, sitting on private jets, cavorting with hot chicks. I’ve seen him holding automatic weapons, gurning in front of helicopters and partying at his house, the so-called Dotcom Mansion, New Zealand’s most expensive private home, just outside Auckland. All 6ft 7in of him: a larger-than-life German-Finnish multimillionaire internet mogul-cum-international playboy for whom money, taste and conventional notions about what constitutes an obscene display of wealth have never been any object.

But at Christchurch’s cardboard cathedral, a striking temporary structure erected after the city’s devastating earthquakes, there are no babes or expensive consumer items. Kim Dotcom’s Twitter profile pic shows him as a shadowy figure in a black beret and sunglasses, but in the flesh he comes across less like an international fugitive from justice than a misplaced German exchange student. He’s 40, and dressed in black as he invariably is, but there’s still more of the teen geek about him than cyber outlaw being hunted by the FBI. Though that is exactly what he is: in the last two years, the founder of the file-sharing website Megauploadhas become, for many, an internet folk hero. The US government alleges he is a pirate, a career criminal who swindled the Hollywood studios out of their rightful copyright earnings, and they are desperately trying to extradite him from his adopted home in New Zealand to stand trial in the US, where he faces up to 88 years in jail. To others, younger people predominantly, he’s up there with Assange and Snowden: a web freedom fighter unwilling to kowtow to the US government’s bullying ways.


Chomsky/ Edward Snowden, el criminal más buscado | SurySur

Chomsky/ Edward Snowden, el criminal más buscado | SurySur.

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Chomsky/ Edward Snowden, el criminal más buscado

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En meses pasados hemos recibido lecciones instructivas sobre la naturaleza del poder del Estado y las fuerzas que impulsan su política. Y sobre un asunto íntimamente relacionado: el sutil y diferenciado concepto de la transparencia.

La fuente de la instrucción, por supuesto, es el conjunto de documentos relativos al sistema de vigilancia de la Agencia Nacional de Seguridad (NSA, por sus siglas en inglés) dados a conocer por el valeroso luchador por la libertad Edward J. Snowden, resumidos de manera experta y analizados por su colaborador Glenn Greenwald en su nuevo libro No place to hide (Sin lugar para esconderse).

Los documentos revelan un notable proyecto destinado a exponer al escrutinio estatal información vital acerca de toda persona que cae en las garras del coloso: en principio, de toda persona vinculada con la moderna sociedad electrónica.

Nada tan ambicioso fue jamás imaginado por los profetas distópicos que describieron sombríos mundos totalitarios. No es de poca importancia que el proyecto sea ejecutado en uno de los países más libres del planeta y en radical violación de la Carta de Derechos de la Constitución de Estados Unidos, que protege a los ciudadanos de “persecuciones y capturas sin motivo” y garantiza la privacidad de sus “personas, domicilios, documentos y pertenencias”.

Por mucho que lo intenten los legistas del gobierno, no hay forma de reconciliar estos principios con el asalto a la población que revelan los documentos de Snowden.


Iran's Revolutionary Guards arrest internet activists | World news | The Guardian

Iran’s Revolutionary Guards arrest internet activists | World news | The Guardian.

Contributors to pro-opposition social networking websites accused of acting against national security

 

 

Evin prison

Evin prison in Tehran, where the activists are being held. Photograph: Kaveh Kazemi/Getty Images

 

Iran‘s Revolutionary Guards have carried out a new wave of arrests of cyber activists and members of pro-opposition social networking websites.

Kaleme, a leading opposition website, reported on Thursday that at least five Iranians who had shared news about the situation of political prisoners on Facebook have recently been held by the security apparatus of the country’s elite forces. They were identified as Amir Golestani, Masoud Ghasemkhani, Fariborz Kardar, Seyed Masoud Seyed Talebi and Roya Irani.

According to Kaleme, some of the five Iranians were administrators of popular cultural and social pages on Facebook but had occasionally shared or published posts about the opposition Green movement and its members behind bars in Iranian prisons. The activists are being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.