In this edition: Reporters Without Borders releases its annual "Enemies of the Internet" list; American web users raise thousands for a homeless man; and a pencil drawing of the record-breaking Oscars selfie.
REPORTERS WITHOUT BORDERS’ ENEMIES OF THE INTERNET LIST
As is the case every year, Reporters without Borders released its annual Enemies of the Internet list to coincide with the World Day against Cyber Censorship on March 12. There has been a slight change this year in that instead of highlighting the countries violating online freedoms, Reporters without Borders is focusing on 31 government units and agencies that are at the heart of state surveillance and censorship systems, and hopes to draw attention to the schizophrenic attitude towards online freedom that prevails in certain countries.
As the report points out, a number of these entities are working within democracies and have spied on the communications of millions of citizens across the globe The Center for Development of Telematics in India for example, the National Security Agency, the NSA in the United States and the Government Communication Headquarters, the GCHQ in the United Kingdom. Reporters without Borders say the mass surveillance methods employed these government units are all the more intolerable because they will be used or already used by authoritarian countries to justify their own violations of freedom of information.
The report also highlights the role played by what is describes as “surveillance dealerships – the three arms trade fairs known as ISS World, Technology Against Crime and Milipol” Reporters without Borders says they facilitate online surveillance by bringing experts in communicat... Go on reading on our web site.
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