Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but He Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy

The termination of the Swedish investigation is, in one sense, good news for Assange. But it is unlikely to change his inability to leave the embassy any time soon. If anything, given the apparent determination of the Trump administration to put him in a U.S. prison cell for the “crime” of publishing documents, his freedom appears further away than it has since 2010, when the Swedish case began.

Fuente: Sweden Withdraws Arrest Warrant for Julian Assange, but He Still Faces Serious Legal Jeopardy


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


Trump promulga ley que permite a empresas de internet vender datos de sus usuarios – El Mostrador

La norma, aprobada por la mayoría republicana en el Congreso la semana pasada, revoca un reglamento que los demócratas habían redactado para la Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones.

Fuente: Trump promulga ley que permite a empresas de internet vender datos de sus usuarios – El Mostrador


With the latest WikiLeaks revelations about the CIA – is privacy really dead? | World news | The Guardian

Both the Snowden revelations and the CIA leak highlight the variety of creative techniques intelligence agencies can use to spy on individuals, at a time when many of us are voluntarily giving up our personal data to private companies and installing so-called “smart” devices with microphones (smart TVs, Amazon Echo) in our homes.So, where does this leave us? Is privacy really dead, as Silicon Valley luminaries such as Mark Zuckerberg have previously declared?

Fuente: With the latest WikiLeaks revelations about the CIA – is privacy really dead? | World news | The Guardian


La pugna por el TPP en Chile: las razones para salvar o dejar morir el acuerdo – El Mostrador

Uno de los temas que hizo mucho ruido desde que se empezó a hacer pública la existencia de las negociaciones en torno al TPP, está relacionado con lo digital.Según explica Pablo Voillier, “la promesa de la Direcon fue que el TPP no iba a ir más allá de las obligaciones adquiridas por Chile en el Tratado de Libre Comercio (TLC) con Estados Unidos. Esto no se cumple en una serie de materias sensibles”.

Fuente: La pugna por el TPP en Chile: las razones para salvar o dejar morir el acuerdo – El Mostrador


Chile Mejor Sin TPP: “Llega a dar vergüenza ajena escuchar a Bachelet defender un tratado que fue desahuciado por Trump” – El Mostrador

“Insistir en mandar el proyecto al Congreso es un regalo para las transnacionales que sin duda no dan su brazo a torcer, puesto que este tratado está lleno de beneficios para estas grandes compañías farmacéuticas, biotecnológicas y de informática, que significan vulneración de nuestros derechos humanos a la salud, a la alimentación y al acceso al conocimiento y la libre expresión”, sostuvieron.

Fuente: Chile Mejor Sin TPP: “Llega a dar vergüenza ajena escuchar a Bachelet defender un tratado que fue desahuciado por Trump” – El Mostrador


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


If Trump leaks are OK and Clinton leaks aren’t, there’s a problem | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian

Journalists should always publish newsworthy information – even if its from a potentially biased source. This election should be no different

Fuente: If Trump leaks are OK and Clinton leaks aren’t, there’s a problem | Trevor Timm | Opinion | The Guardian


Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program? | Technology | The Guardian

By what legal authority do the National Security Agency and the FBI ask Yahoo to search its users’ emails? Neither the government nor the tech company would say, after Reuters first reported on Tuesday that Yahoo “secretly built a custom software program” it used on behalf of the NSA and CIA to scan customer emails.

Fuente: Yahoo email surveillance: who approved the secret scanning program? | Technology | The Guardian


Luxemburger Wort – US steps up fight against EU tax crackdown on Apple

The US stepped up its fight against the European Commission’s crackdown on tax avoidance by Apple and other multinational companies, accusing the commission of unilateralism and overstepping its mandate.In a white paper, the US Treasury said the EC probe into alleged special tax treatment that certain EU countries gave Apple, Amazon, Starbucks and Fiat Chrysler “undermines the international tax system.”

Fuente: Luxemburger Wort – US steps up fight against EU tax crackdown on Apple


Brussels to tighten grip on web services in telecoms shake-up – FT.com

Brussels will tighten its regulatory grip over online services such as WhatsApp and Skype in a radical overhaul of the EU’s rules on telecoms due out in September. According to internal documents seen by the Financial Times, so-called “over-the-top” services operated by groups such as Facebook, which runs WhatsApp, and Skype owner Microsoft would in future have to abide by “security and confidentiality provisions” demanded by the EU.

Fuente: Brussels to tighten grip on web services in telecoms shake-up – FT.com


Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom seeks to retain millions in assets | Technology | The Guardian

US federal court rules the German tech entrepreneur could not recover his assets because he is ‘a fugitive’ – but he vows to fight on

Fuente: Megaupload’s Kim Dotcom seeks to retain millions in assets | Technology | 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


Nobel de Economía Joseph Stiglitz: que Apple pueda registrar gran parte de sus ganancias en Irlanda es “un fraude” tributario – El Mostrador

“Aquí tenemos a la mayor corporación en capitalización no solamente en Estados Unidos, sino que en el mundo, más grande que lo que fue GM en su apogeo, afirmando que la mayor parte de sus ganancias vienen de unos pocos cientos de personas trabajando en Irlanda; esto es un fraude”, dijo Stiglitz.

Fuente: Nobel de Economía Joseph Stiglitz: que Apple pueda registrar gran parte de sus ganancias en Irlanda es “un fraude” tributario – El Mostrador


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


Microsoft wins battle with US over data privacy – FT.com

Microsoft has defeated a US order to hand over a customer’s email that was stored in Ireland, dealing the US government the latest setback in its struggle with the tech industry over the reach of law enforcement and the limits of personal privacy.

Fuente: Microsoft wins battle with US over data privacy – FT.com


TPP y Sistemas de Arbitraje Inversor-Estado: La soberanía de los pueblos retrocede ante las transnacionales – Resumen

El Acuerdo Transpacífico o TPP representa un sofisticado instrumento jurídico orientado a maximizar los beneficios de empresas transnacionales que operen en los países adheridos a él. Si bien, las conversaciones respecto a sus condiciones concluyeron el 5 de octubre de 2015, recién el 26 de enero de 2016 y el 8 de febrero de 2016, la Dirección General de Relaciones Económicas Internacionales [DIRECON], publicó sus versiones en inglés y en castellano, respectivamente

Fuente: TPP y Sistemas de Arbitraje Inversor-Estado: La soberanía de los pueblos retrocede ante las transnacionales – Resumen


Tribunal de EE.UU. respalda que Internet sea considerado un servicio público – El Mostrador

Un tribunal federal de apelaciones falló el martes último a favor de la propuesta de la FCC (Comisión Federal de Comunicaciones de EE.UU.) de considerar a Internet un servicio público, que busca aumentar la regulación para garantizar la “neutralidad” y apertura de la red y evitar los llamados “canales rápidos” de pago.

Fuente: Tribunal de EE.UU. respalda que Internet sea considerado un servicio público – El Mostrador


¿Qué información puede saber de ti tu proveedor de Internet y qué puede hacerse? | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales

Los proveedores de Internet raras veces están limitados legalmente sobre el nivel de privacidad que deben otorgar a sus clientes y el uso que hacen con la información que pasa por sus redes.

Fuente: ¿Qué información puede saber de ti tu proveedor de Internet y qué puede hacerse? | R3D: Red en Defensa de los Derechos Digitales


Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records

A provision snuck into the still-secret text of the Senate’s annual intelligence authorization would give the FBI the ability to demand individuals’ email data and possibly web-surfing history from their service providers without a warrant and in complete secrecy.

Fuente: Secret Text in Senate Bill Would Give FBI Warrantless Access to Email Records


Court refuses request to force alleged hacker to divulge passwords | Technology | The Guardian

An alleged hacker fighting extradition to the US will not have to give the passwords for his encrypted computers to British law enforcement officers, following a landmark legal ruling.

Fuente: Court refuses request to force alleged hacker to divulge passwords | Technology | The Guardian


Child porn suspect jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives | Ars Technica

A Philadelphia man suspected of possessing child pornography has been in jail for seven months and counting after being found in contempt of a court order demanding that he decrypt two password-protected hard drives.

Fuente: Child porn suspect jailed indefinitely for refusing to decrypt hard drives | Ars Technica


‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate

Encryption is finally mainstream.Government officials and technologists have been debating since the early 1990s whether to limit the strength of encryption to help the law-enforcement and intelligence communities monitor suspects’ communications. But until early 2016, this was a mostly esoteric fight, relegated to academic conferences, security agencies’ C-suites, and the back rooms of Capitol Hill.Everything changed in mid-February, when President Barack Obama’s Justice Department, investigating the terrorists who carried out the San Bernardino, California, shooting, asked a federal judge to force Apple to help the Federal Bureau of Investigation unlock one attacker’s iPhone.What followed was an unexpectedly rancorous and unprecedentedly public fight over how far the government should go to pierce and degrade commercial security technology in its quest to protect Americans from terrorism.

Fuente: ‘Crypto Wars’ timeline: A history of the new encryption debate


Supreme Court Gives FBI More Hacking Power

The Supreme Court on Thursday approved changes that would make it easier for the FBI to hack into computers, including those belonging to victims of cybercrime. The changes will take effect in December, unless Congress adopts competing legislation.

Fuente: Supreme Court Gives FBI More Hacking Power


Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter must play by tough rules for kids – FT.com

“Can I download Snapchat, Mum?” A conversation like this will play out in households with teenage children who use the messaging app across the EU when new rules requiring social networks to get parental consent from all users under the age of 16

Fuente: Facebook, Snapchat and Twitter must play by tough rules for kids – FT.com


Ron Wyden vows to filibuster anti-cryptography bill / Boing Boing

Senators Richard Burr [R-NC] and Dianne Feinstein [D-CA] finally introduced their long-rumored anti-crypto bill, which will ban US companies from making products with working cryptography, mandating that US-made products have some way to decrypt information without the user’s permission.

Fuente: Ron Wyden vows to filibuster anti-cryptography bill / Boing Boing


Microsoft demanda al gobierno de EE.UU. por solicitudes de datos de usuarios – FayerWayer

La compañía acusa al Departamento de Justicia de prohibirles el derecho a informar a sus clientes de saber que están recopilando su información, un requerimiento que sería inconstitucional.

Fuente: Microsoft demanda al gobierno de EE.UU. por solicitudes de datos de usuarios – FayerWayer


Microsoft Says U.S. Is Abusing Secret Warrants

“WE APPRECIATE THAT there are times when secrecy around a government warrant is needed,” Microsoft President Brad Smith wrote in a blog post on Thursday. “But based on the many secrecy orders we have received, we question whether these orders are grounded in specific facts that truly demand secrecy. To the contrary, it appears that the issuance of secrecy orders has become too routine.”With those words, Smith announced that Microsoft was suing the Department of Justice for the right to inform its customers when the government is reading their emails.

Fuente: Microsoft Says U.S. Is Abusing Secret Warrants


Uber proporcionó datos de 14 millones de usuarios a agencias reguladoras de Estados Unidos – 20minutos.es

La plataforma informó sobre 12,2 millones de usuarios de julio a diciembre. California, con más de 5,7 millones de datos y Nueva York, con más de 3, fueron las zonas en las que Uber dio más información a las autoridades. El estudio divide la entrega de información en función de si se trata de requerimientos legales ordinario o está relacionado con investigaciones criminales.

Fuente: Uber proporcionó datos de 14 millones de usuarios a agencias reguladoras de Estados Unidos – 20minutos.es


Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador

Si bien estos casos judiciales destacados han sumado impulso, la ofensiva del sector contra la intrusión gubernamental en la información privada de los clientes comenzó hace al menos dos años, luego de las revelaciones de Edward Snowden sobre la recolección encubierta de datos que pusieron a todos a la defensiva.

Fuente: Microsoft y Apple redoblan lucha por privacidad de datos en EEUU – El Mostrador


White House declines to support encryption legislation | Technology | The Guardian

Obama administration allegedly would not support bills that would give judges clearer authority to order tech companies to help law enforcement crack data

Fuente: White House declines to support encryption legislation | Technology | The Guardian


Five Big Unanswered Questions About NSA’s Worldwide Spying

Nearly three years after NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden gave journalists his trove of documents on the intelligence community’s broad and powerful surveillance regime, the public is still missing some crucial, basic facts about how the operations work.Surveillance researchers and privacy advocates published a report on Wednesday outlining what we do know, thanks to the period of discovery post-Snowden — and the overwhelming amount of things we don’t.

Fuente: Five Big Unanswered Questions About NSA’s Worldwide Spying


Obama Wants Nonexistent Middle Ground on Encryption, Warns Against “Fetishizing Our Phones”

Obama’s first extended disquisition on the contentious issue of encryption suggests he’s only been listening to one side.

Fuente: Obama Wants Nonexistent Middle Ground on Encryption, Warns Against “Fetishizing Our Phones”


New Safe Harbor Data “Deal” May Be More Politicking Than Surveillance Reform

European privacy activists criticized a new Safe Harbor data agreement with the U.S. as a superficial political fix that fails to address NSA spying.

Fuente: New Safe Harbor Data “Deal” May Be More Politicking Than Surveillance Reform


Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS

We’ve been told for years that The Terrorists “hate our freedoms,” yet we cannot seem to rid ourselves of those who think the solution is to voluntarily abolish those freedoms ourselves.

Fuente: Those Demanding Free Speech Limits to Fight ISIS Pose a Greater Threat to U.S. Than ISIS


Kim Dotcom's extradition to US cleared by New Zealand judge | Technology | The Guardian

Megaupload founder is wanted by American authorities on charges of copyright infringement, racketeering and money laundering

Fuente: Kim Dotcom’s extradition to US cleared by New Zealand judge | Technology | The Guardian


Uber drivers win union ‘breakthrough’ – FT.com

Drivers for ride-hailing apps such as Uber and Lyft may soon be able to unionise in Seattle, a first in the US that will fuel a growing debate about workers’ rights in the on-demand economy.  Seattle City Council on Monday unanimously approved a new

Fuente: Uber drivers win union ‘breakthrough’ – FT.com


Estados Unidos presiona por desaparición de sitios que divulgan conocimiento científico gratuitamente | Manzana Mecánica

Estados Unidos ordenó el cese de actividades que permitan la distribución de material bajo derechos de autor de la editorial Elsevier. No obstante, la colaboración y organización continúa

Fuente: Estados Unidos presiona por desaparición de sitios que divulgan conocimiento científico gratuitamente | Manzana Mecánica