Who knew it was Content Moderation Transparency Week?

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your chip on the shoulder of digital rights news and analysis. IT SEEMS TO BE CONTENT MODERATION TRANSPARENCY WEEK, judging by the output of both Facebook and YouTube in the last couple days. For those who worry about how the big platforms regulate our online activity, there's a fair bit to digest … Continue reading Who knew it was Content Moderation Transparency Week?

Let’s talk about encryption. Again.

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your fire in the hold of digital rights news and analysis. RUSSIA IS PROVIDING A HORRIFYING/HILARIOUS CASE STUDY into the effects of trying to censor a popular service that doesn't want to be censored. After a court ordered the blocking of encrypted messaging app Telegram (for not being willing/able to share encryption … Continue reading Let’s talk about encryption. Again.

Facebook is the gift that keeps on giving

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your I in the team of digital rights news and analysis. Enjoy this newsletter? Forward it to a friend or get them to sign up. I'm David Meyer, aka @superglaze on Twitter and @davidmeyerwrites on Facebook. Don't forget to check out the Connected Rights website. Tonga soa! I apologise in advance for the Facebook-heaviness of this issue. MARK ZUCKERBERG … Continue reading Facebook is the gift that keeps on giving

Microsoft’s big email privacy fight is over

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your twist in the sobriety of digital rights news and analysis. MICROSOFT AGREES WITH THE US JUSTICE DEPARTMENT that their epic battle over user privacy, as it relates to emails stored on overseas servers, should be scrapped. The argument is now moot, after president Trump signed a new law (supported by Microsoft) … Continue reading Microsoft’s big email privacy fight is over

What we can learn from Facebook’s stack of lawsuits

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your penny in the tip jar of digital rights news and analysis. FACEBOOK IS GETTING SUED A LOT right now. There's a bunch of suits over its data protection failings, associated with the Cambridge Analytica scandal. Then there's a putative class action over its scraping of call and SMS logs from Android … Continue reading What we can learn from Facebook’s stack of lawsuits

The Facebook scandal and the decentralisation conundrum

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your hat in the ring of digital rights news and analysis. THANKS TO CAMBRIDGE ANALYTICA AND FACEBOOK, the purpose of data protection seems to have finally broken through into the public consciousness this past week. Here are several factors that have made this particular scandal exceptional and potentially game-changing. 1. This is … Continue reading The Facebook scandal and the decentralisation conundrum

Germany’s anti-digital-rights chief is finally gone

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your knock at the door of digital rights news and analysis. FAREWELL THEN, HEIKO MAAS. Germany's erstwhile justice minister is off to become foreign minister in the new coalition government: http://bit.ly/2p6A3SO While Maas's opposition to far-right extremism is an obvious plus, from a digital rights perspective it's nonetheless good riddance. Maas was … Continue reading Germany’s anti-digital-rights chief is finally gone

The net neutrality fightback

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your secret ingredient in the sauce of digital rights news and analysis. NET NEUTRALITY MIGHT BE DOOMED AT THE FEDERAL LEVEL in the US, but states are jumping in to fill the gap left by the FCC's December decision: http://for.tn/2HaGcUt Washington state has become the first to pass full-blown net neutrality legislation, … Continue reading The net neutrality fightback

Apple makes another worrying China decision

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your pinch on the cheek of digital rights news and analysis. APPLE HAS ALARMED PRIVACY ACTIVISTS by agreeing not only to store its Chinese customers' iCloud data on Chinese servers, but to store the encryption keys for that information in the country too: http://on.wsj.com/2ESetY6 The company claims that the keys will be … Continue reading Apple makes another worrying China decision

Dirty spying tools for dirty clients

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jack in the box of digital rights news and analysis. Enjoy this newsletter? Forward it to a friend or get them to sign up. I'm David Meyer, aka @superglaze on Twitter and @davidmeyerwrites on Facebook. Don't forget to check out the Connected Rights website. Kaixo! THE BRITISH GOVERNMENT HAS BEEN ACCUSED OF SUPPLYING surveillance equipment to the brutal … Continue reading Dirty spying tools for dirty clients