La Rue: ‘Digital mass surveillance weakens democracy’

In the sixth and final episode of the Our Space video series, Frank La Rue, Executive Director of Robert F. Kennedy Human Rights, Europe, and former UN Special Rapporteur on Freedom of Expression, takes aim at digital mass surveillance practices of governments around the world. ‘I believe that digital mass surveillance is neither effective nor necessary for security in any state, and much to the contrary, I think it weakens

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When five million of us work together, all bugs are shallow

When five million of us work together, all bugs are shallow

The third episode in the Our Space video series on internet governance looks at the importance of open standards and the standardization process with Wendy Seltzer, policy council at the World Wide Web Consortium (W3C): ‘Open standards are part of the infrastructure of the internet and of the web. When they work well it’s easy to ignore them and keep the traffic moving, but they require maintenance and they require

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Michel van Eeten and Free Press Unlimited open cybercrime debate ahead of Global Conference on Cyberspace

Michel van Eeten and Free Press Unlimited open cybercrime debate ahead of Global Conference on Cyberspace

‘For every dollar in the pocket of a cybercriminal, we spend sometimes 1,000 or even 10,000 dollars at preventing that crime, that money would be much better spend at catching and prosecuting the criminals.’ With those words Free Press Unlimited and Michel van Eeten, Professor Governance of Security at the Delft University of Technology, open the debate about the economic impact of cybercrime ahead of the Global Conference on Cyberspace,

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NetAidKit wins ISOC.nl Internet Innovation Award 2015

NetAidKit wins ISOC.nl Internet Innovation Award 2015

The NetAidKit, one of the Internet Protection Lab’s projects, has won the ISOC.nl Internet Innovation Award 2015.  The NetAidKit is a pocket size, USB powered router that connects everything to everything, designed specifically for non-technical users. The easy to use web interface will allow you to connect the NetAidKit to a wireless or wired network and share that connection with your other devices, such as a phone, laptop or tablet.

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Internet Protection Lab analyses Bahraini data from FinFisher hack

Internet Protection Lab analyses Bahraini data from FinFisher hack

On August 3rd, a hacker was able to obtain 40 GB of data from Gamma Group. Gamma Group is the producer of the notorious FinFisher malware that allows attackers to take over a target’s computer, allowing the attacker access to the entire system, including turning on the webcam and microphone to spy on more than just the files present. Gamma Group has sold this software to various regimes around the

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Security awareness workshop for LGBT rights defenders

Security awareness workshop for LGBT rights defenders

At the invitation of the Dutch government, the Internet Protection Lab held a security awareness workshop with LGBT rights defenders from over 12 different countries. The LGBT rights defenders came to the Netherlands during Gay Pride week to learn more about LGBT rights, how they were fought for and how victories were achieved. Unfortunately, there are still many countries where being part of the LGBT community is illegal and can

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Use of zero-day vulnerabilities must end

Use of zero-day vulnerabilities must end

A zero-day attack or threat is an attack that exploits a previously unknown vulnerability in a computer application, one that developers have not had time to address and patch. – More on Wikipedia The Internet Protection Lab has written to Dutch Minister of Foreign Affairs Frans Timmermans to express their grave concerns regarding the use of zero-day exploits by Western governments and their intelligence agencies, including Freedom Online Coalition members. By

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