The hacking of net neutrality. Plus: My book, Control Shift, is finally on sale

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your ghost in the machine of digital rights news and analysis. First things first… I'VE WRITTEN A BOOK! It's called Control Shift: How Technology Affects Your and Your Rights, and you can buy it now on Amazon: http://amzn.to/2Adw7WF (That's the link to the US store – it's in the others too, in … Continue reading The hacking of net neutrality. Plus: My book, Control Shift, is finally on sale

An Uber-bad way to handle a data breach

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your twist in the tale of digital rights news and analysis. UBER HAS DEMONSTRATED PRECISELY WHAT NOT TO DO when a major data breach happens. Yesterday, the company confessed that around a year ago it paid off hackers who had stolen the personal information of 57 million Uber users and drivers around … Continue reading An Uber-bad way to handle a data breach

State hijacking of social media is getting worse

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your fist in the air of digital rights news and analysis. SOCIAL MEDIA HAS BEEN HIJACKED TO INFLUENCE elections in at least 18 countries over the past year, according to Freedom House's latest Freedom on the Net report: http://bit.ly/2yZcOku "The Chinese and Russian regimes pioneered the use of surreptitious methods to distort online … Continue reading State hijacking of social media is getting worse

Not handing over your passwords is a terrorist offence, citizen

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your cat in the cradle of digital rights news and analysis. NOT HANDING OVER YOUR PASSWORDS IS A TERRORIST OFFENCE in the UK. I've briefly mentioned the case of Mohammad Rabbani before (http://bit.ly/2whZWQZ), but now he's been officially found guilty: http://bit.ly/2yEsztz Rabbani is the international director of human rights group Cage, an NGO that … Continue reading Not handing over your passwords is a terrorist offence, citizen

EU Court kicks mass surveillance yet again

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your flash in the pan of digital rights news and analysis. RUSSIANS HAVE BEEN MARCHING against the country's ever-expanding censorship of the internet. On Sunday, around a thousand people protested prominent cases of people being prosecuted for their online writings and videos. The day before, the Russian parliament passed a law prohibiting the … Continue reading EU Court kicks mass surveillance yet again

The war on encryption gets very silly indeed

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your bop in the bop-shoo-bop-shoo-bop of digital rights news and analysis. THE WAR ON ENCRYPTION has galloped over the threshold of farce in Australia, where prime minister Malcolm Turnbull has announced a surprising downgrade for the jurisdiction of mathematics. Following the UK's lead, the Australian government has announced that it will try forcing online … Continue reading The war on encryption gets very silly indeed

So many ways to tackle Facebook over privacy

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your paddle up the creek of digital rights news and analysis. THE WORLD OF FACEBOOK AND PRIVACY provides rich pickings this week. First up, we have the German federal cartel office signalling that it thinks the company has been breaking antitrust law with its privacy practices. The authority's investigation is almost complete, and … Continue reading So many ways to tackle Facebook over privacy

Here’s what the EU’s incoming digital chief thinks about digital rights

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your jiggle in the hips of digital rights news and analysis. MEET THE NEW (ALMOST) BOSS: The EU is about to get a new head of digital policy, as the old one, Germany's Günther Oettinger, has shuffled off to deal with the bloc's budget. The new "digital economy and society" commissioner-designate, a notably … Continue reading Here’s what the EU’s incoming digital chief thinks about digital rights

The battle for the future of the internet is on

WELCOME to Connected Rights, your weekly buzzer in the handshake of digital rights news and analysis. THE BATTLE'S ON for the future of the internet in the US. On July 12, tech firms (such as Amazon and Reddit) and activist groups (from Greenpeace to Access Now) will participate in an "internet-wide day of action to save net … Continue reading The battle for the future of the internet is on