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Scrutiny? We've heard of it. Dot-UK supremo Nominet goes dark

The operator of the .uk top-level domain, Nominet, has become the latest internet registry to vote itself into greater secrecy. Earlier this year, the biz emailed its members to let them know that a month earlier the Nominet board had decided that it would no longer publish minutes of its meetings but instead supply an "update …
Kieren McCarthy, 17 Aug 2017

Oh, irony of ironies: Gov.UK's transparency report reveals... nothing

The British government has published a transparency report into the use of disruptive and investigatory powers by State actors, which ironically reveals absolutely nothing about the use of said powers. Introducing the 110-page report [PDF], the Home Secretary, Amber Rudd, wrote that the government "is committed to increasing …

Humble Pai: New FCC supremo promises long overdue transparency

The new chairman of the US Federal Communications Commission, Ajit Pai, has come good on a promise to modernize the regulator by getting rid of its most infuriating habit: secret orders. For reasons that have never been adequately explained, the FCC maintains an arcane procedure where its documents are kept secret until FCC …

Governments Googling Google about you more than ever says Google

Google has published its latest “Transparency Report”, the disclosure in which it reveals how many times governments asked it to cough data on users. And this time around there's mixed news. In the “yikes!” column is the fact that governments asked Google for data 40,677 times between July 1 and December 31 of 2015, and asked …
Simon Sharwood, 19 Jul 2016

Republicans threaten to derail internet transition

Republican congressmen are increasing their efforts to delay transition of a critical piece of internet infrastructure from the US government to a non-profit organization based in California. For the third time, a House Appropriations subcommittee has included a provision in a must-pass bill that would prevent the Department …
Kieren McCarthy, 19 May 2016
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IP address clerks RIPE: Feds, come back with a warrant, er, web browser

One of the five regional internet registries (RIRs), RIPE, has published its 2015 transparency report reviewing requests from law enforcement for information. You may be wondering what kind of information an RIR is capable of giving the authorities, since most information regarding the allocation of IP and AS numbers is …
Kieren McCarthy, 12 Apr 2016

Critics hit out at 'black box' UN internet body

The United Nations body that reviews how the internet is governed is facing criticism from some of its biggest supporters over its "black box" decision making. The Internet Governance Forum (IGF) is an annual event that pulls everyone from governments to civil society to business and the technical community together to discuss …
Kieren McCarthy, 31 Mar 2016
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Do you agree with our fee hike? Press 1 to answer Yes; or 2 for Yes

It has long been a concern that domain-name overseer ICANN is largely funded by companies reliant on the organization to make money. Every biz that wishes to sell domain names – called a registrar – has to pay the organization $4,000 a year, plus 18 cents on every domain they sell. In addition, they have to pay a variable fee …
Kieren McCarthy, 29 Sep 2015

Governments beg Twitter for more data; network offers birdcage droppings

Governments' demands for data on Twitter users surged 40 per cent in the last six months of 2014, according to a new report by the avian network. America, Turkey, and Russia were behind the lion's share of that increase, with the former increasing its information requests by 29 percent. Turkey upped its demands by 150 per cent …
Darren Pauli, 10 Feb 2015
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NSA lays out its reforms post-Snowden (they can fit on back of a stamp)

The NSA has published its first "report" on signals intelligence "reform" in the US. If you were hoping for sweeping changes in the wake of Ed Snowden's whistleblowing, you're in for disappointment. The factsheet, covering the year to date, was written up after some prodding and tutting by President Obama in January 2014. It …
Iain Thomson, 5 Feb 2015
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Reddit: Don't worry, we didn't tell that foreign government about your /r/brony addiction

4chan-with-karma-points Reddit has published its first dossier on government demands for users' private records – and the stupidly popular messageboard says it handed over the goods 32 times last year. According to the website's transparency report for 2014, world governments asked for Redditors' details just 55 times, peanuts …
Shaun Nichols, 30 Jan 2015
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EU bangs drum over its openness rules – from which it is exempt

The European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) might be all about privacy, but has warned politicians and public figures it will not be helping protect their dodgy deals. The EDPS’ new guidelines for public bodies encourage EU institutions to balance transparency in the interests of the public against the data protection …
Jennifer Baker, 10 Dec 2014

Wanna see how Russia et al hope to shape the internet? ITU opens up (a little more) to public

Having tried and failed for a decade to understand and influence the internet, the International Telecommunications Union (ITU) appears to finally be grasping the fundamentals of the open web. Currently meeting in Busan, South Korea, at its three-week Plenipotentiary held every four years, the UN agency has formally decided to …
Kieren McCarthy, 25 Oct 2014

Australia to 'relieve' telcos of need to disclose intercepts

Updated The federal government's “red tape repeal” policy looks set to reduce the amount of information Australians receive about telecommunications interception requests. Deep in the bills designed to reduce telecommunications service providers' regulatory compliance costs is a proposal to repeal the record-keeping requirement that …

EqualLogic founder Paula Long on privacy, storage sprawl and her new startup

Interview After selling EqualLogic, the company she founded, to Dell in 2007, Paula Long wanted to get back in the storage business with what she considered a game-changing idea: data-aware storage. DataGravity was founded to bring this technology to market, and won the "best of show" award at VMworld 2014 in the new technology category …

Twitter sues US government for right to disclose NOTHING

Twitter has sued the US government in a bid to gain approval to publish more granular transparency reports. As the avian network's veep for legal Ben Lee has blogged, “Our ability to speak has been restricted by laws that prohibit and even criminalize a service provider like us from disclosing the exact number of national …

Google: OK world, make our 'End-to-End' crypto tool SPOOK PROOF

Google has released the source code for an encryption plugin for Chrome that makes the secure sending of email easier. The web giant said its End-to-End Chrome plugin, currently in alpha development status, will provide a secure method for transmitting data between users, with data encrypted locally in a user's browser and …
Shaun Nichols, 3 Jun 2014

Canucks' ISPs routing data through snoop heaven USA

A University of Toronto-led transparency project has criticised Canada's ISPs for unnecessarily routing user traffic via the US, even when both the origin and destination of the traffic is within Canada. In a study that mirrors, in part, European concerns about why traffic should traverse the US when it doesn't need to, the …

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