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Harnessing online tactics to save a species

OII - Blogposts - 25 september 2020 - 6:47pm

By Hunter Doughty, Doctoral Researcher at the Department of Zoology and Dr Joss Wright, Senior Research Fellow, Oxford Internet Institute, University of Oxford Targeted advertising and news coverage are powerful, and controversial, tools for influencing human perceptions and behaviour. This influence can be perceived as exploitative – notoriously Cambridge Analytica’s alleged influence in the Brexit […]

Standaardconfiguratie Fortigate VPN kwetsbaar voor MITM-aanvallen

Security.NL - 25 september 2020 - 5:43pm
Onderzoekers van het beveiligingsbedrijf Sam Seamless Network hebben de Fortigate VPN-client van Fortinet onder de loep ...

Onoplettende ambtenaar is grootste cyberdreiging

Digitaal bestuur - 25 september 2020 - 4:54pm
De gemeentelijke informatievoorziening is kwetsbaar. Dat concludeert de Informatiebeveiligingsdienst (IBD) in het Dreigingsbeeld Informatiebeveiliging Nederlandse Gemeenten 2021/2022 , dat vandaag verschijnt. De belangrijkste bedreiging vormen …

Datalek bij Gemeente Roosendaal

Security.NL - 25 september 2020 - 3:11pm
De gemeente Roosendaal heeft vorige week een mail verstuurd waarbij per abuis alle vierhonderd geadresseerden zichtbaar waren. ...

Cisco brengt kritieke patches uit voor Cisco IOS-software

Security.NL - 25 september 2020 - 2:15pm
Cisco heeft een reeks kritieke patches uitgebracht voor Cisco IOS en IOS XE, de besturingssystemen waarop veel hardware van het ...

Het gat van de oorlog

KB (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) - 25 september 2020 - 10:54am
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KB steekt vlag uit voor jarige duurzaamheidsdoelen

KB (Koninklijke Bibliotheek) - 25 september 2020 - 10:54am
Eerste lustrum SDG's wereldwijd gevierd

Medewerker is grootste cyberrisico voor gemeenten

Security.NL - 25 september 2020 - 10:48am
Niet ransomware of hackers, maar medewerkers binnen een gemeente zijn de grootste cyberdreiging voor gemeentelijke ...

Instagram-app kwetsbaar door JPEG-decoder Mozjpeg

Security.NL - 25 september 2020 - 9:58am
Security-experts van Facebook en Check Point hebben een kwetsbaarheid in Instagram verholpen die hackers in staat stelden om ...

Blocking Wikimedia from becoming a WIPO observer is unacceptable

International Communia Association - 25 september 2020 - 8:01am

This week, the member states of the World Intellectual Property Organization (WIPO) postponed a decision on the Wikimedia Foundation’s application to become an official observer of this organization. China raised concerns, at the 53rd WIPO General Assembly, that the Wikimedia Foundation “has been carrying out political activities through its member organizations which could undermine the state’s sovereignty and territorial integrity.” The Wikimedia Foundation would need to provide further clarifications about the volunteer-led Wikimedia Taiwan chapter and about Wikimedia’s “Taiwan-related positions.” Discussion will resume at an extraordinary session of the General Assembly in early 2021.

This decision came as a shock to many observers of WIPO, since there has only been one case in recent memory where an observer status application to WIPO has not been accepted. In 2014, the Pirate Party International was rejected due to being a federation of political parties. As highlighted by the United States in its statement in support of Wikimedia Foundation’s application, “allowing the Wikimedia foundation to participate as an observer would be entirely consistent with the established precedent at WIPO of supporting other existing observers and Member States that also have some affiliation with Taiwan.”

According to Amanda Keton, General Counsel of the Wikimedia Foundation,

“(t)he objection by the Chinese delegation limits Wikimedia’s ability to engage with WIPO and interferes with the Foundation’s mission to strengthen access to free knowledge everywhere.”

Indeed, observer status is a necessary condition for Wikimedia to participate in WIPO discussions, including discussions where norm setting in copyright is concerned. Ongoing discussions on exceptions and limitations to copyright (in the Standing Committee on Copyright and Related Rights), on the impact of artificial intelligence on intellectual property (in the context of the WIPO Conversation on Intellectual Property and Artificial Intelligence), and on the use of copyrighted content on online sharing platforms (a topic that WIPO has recently revived through an International Conference on The Global Digital Content Market) are of utmost important to access to knowledge organizations. 

It was particularly disappointing that the European Union and its Member States remained silent in the discussion. Apart from a statement from Group B (which includes Western European countries, Norway, the United States, Switzerland, Japan, Canada, New Zealand, Australia, Turkey, Israel and the Holy See), urging the approval of all requests for observer status and alluding to the principles of “transparency and inclusiveness” at WIPO, the EU was nowhere to be heard in the discussion.

Considering that the European Union promotes the participation of civil society organizations in its legislative processes, we would have expected a statement of support in the vein of the one delivered by the United States. The EU’s silence is even more disappointing considering that Wikimedia has participated actively in EU legal processes, particularly in discussions surrounding the recent EU copyright reform. In addition, many of the European chapters of the Wikimedia movement are currently involved in the implementation of the new EU Copyright Directive.

The Wikimedia Foundation is a legitimate civil society stakeholder in the area of access to knowledge. Not admitting its application to the status of observer of a UN organisation that shapes the legal framework for access to knowledge and information would be unacceptable. Therefore, we hope (and strongly urge) that the WIPO General Assembly will accept Wikimedia Foundation’s application at the next meeting without any further delays. 

The post Blocking Wikimedia from becoming a WIPO observer is unacceptable appeared first on International Communia Association.

DWeb Panel: If Big Tech Is Toxic, How Do We Build Something Better?

Internet Archive - 24 september 2020 - 8:37pm

Many of us know that the Internet is broken, so how do we build something better? On September 22, DWeb San Francisco invited a panel of experts to share their views on the most viable paths forward. The panelists included author & EFF advisor Cory Doctorow, Matrix.org co-founder Amandine Le Pape, decentralized social media researcher Jay Graber, and TechDirt’s Mike Masnick. They covered a range of approaches — including technical, regulatory, and organizational — that could bring us towards a future where our networks are more resilient, participatory, and decentralized.


Best-selling science fiction author and EFF Special Advisor, Cory Doctorow, emphasized that we need to fix the Internet, not the tech companies by doing a lot more to bring back principles of interoperability, to enable more competition and innovation. 

Developer, and founder of Happening, Jay Graber, shared her insights on what she found hopeful about the decentralized web ecosystem, and some of the challenges that some of these protocols still need to grapple with moving forward. 

Chief Operating Officer of Element and Co-founder of the Matrix.org Foundation, Amandine Le Pape, shared what she learned as Matrix built a new open standard for real-time communication from the ground up, as well as her ideas on how to counter the information silos of the big centralized platforms. 

Journalist and co-founder of Techdirt, Mike Masnick, shared about the way people were realizing the need for change, and also some of his skepticism about how some proposed regulations to enforce interoperability may harm start-ups and other less-resourced projects. Masnick’s 2019 white paper, “Protocols, Not Platforms: A Technological Approach to Free Speech” has been an influential call to arms for the decentralized tech community.

As Mike Masnick writes:

At a time when so many proposals for how to deal with the big internet companies seem focused on spite and anger at those companies, rather than thoughtful discussions of how we get to what’s coming next, at the very least I’m hopeful that others can be inspired…to come up with their own ideas for a better, more proactive approach to a future internet.

Ultimately, that vision—building a better Internet and Web—is the North Star that the DWeb community aims for.

The post DWeb Panel: If Big Tech Is Toxic, How Do We Build Something Better? appeared first on Internet Archive Blogs.

Mobiele Bing-zoekopdrachten dagenlang open en bloot

Security.NL - 24 september 2020 - 4:42pm
Door een misconfiguratie is een server van Microsoft waarop 6,5 TB aan data stond opgeslagen van de mobiele Bing app tijdelijk ...

SaferVPN verhelpt DoS-kwetsbaarheid zonder deze bij de CVE te melden

Security.NL - 24 september 2020 - 3:37pm
SaferVPN heeft in stilte een denial-of-service kwetsbaarheid in de vpn-software gerepareerd. Het bedrijf lijkt daarbij de ...

Hackers misbruiken Zerologon-lek in Windows Server

Security.NL - 24 september 2020 - 11:54am
Ongeveer een week na de bekendmaking van Zerologon, de ernstige kwetsbaarheid in Windows Server welke hackers toegang kan ...

Ruim een half miljoen persoonsgegevens gelekt bij softwareleverancier ArbiterSports

Security.NL - 24 september 2020 - 11:09am
Bij ArbiterSports, een softwaremaker die levert aan diverse grote Amerikaanse sportorganisaties, zijn bij een cyberaanval met ...

Perceptie weerhoudt velen van carrière in IT-security

Security.NL - 24 september 2020 - 10:30am
Het beeld dat bij veel mensen leeft over 'de IT-beveiligingsdeskundige' is goed, maar tegelijkertijd blijkt de drempel om over ...

Kennisbank over AI en mensenrechten

Digitaal bestuur - 24 september 2020 - 9:51am
Op de nieuwe 'kennisbank AI en publieke waarden' kunnen geïnteresseerden terecht voor bijvoorbeeld Kamerstukken en wetenschappelijk onderzoek over deze thema’s. De website is onderdeel van het ministerie van Binnenlandse Zaken.

Bezorgdheid over digitale participatievormen

Digitaal bestuur - 24 september 2020 - 9:51am
De kwaliteit van inspraakprocedures en participatieprocessen bij digitale alternatieven staat onder druk, vinden vooral kleine en middelgrote gemeenten. Digitale participatievormen zouden ‘niet zorgvuldig, zinvol of breed genoeg’ zijn. Ook …

'71 procent overheidswebsites voldoet niet aan eisen'

Digitaal bestuur - 24 september 2020 - 9:51am
Bijna driekwart van de overheidswebsites in Nederland voldoet niet aan de eisen gesteld in de nieuwe toegankelijkheidswetgeving. Die nieuwe wetgeving - waarmee gegarandeerd moet worden dan overheidswebsites goed te gebruiken zijn voor Nederlanders met …

Raadsleden bespreken gevolgen digitalisering te weinig

Digitaal bestuur - 24 september 2020 - 9:51am
De gevolgen van digitalisering verdienen meer aandacht van gemeenteraadsleden, concludeert het Rathenau Instituut op basis van onderzoek. ‘Doordat gemeenteraden zich weinig over digitalisering uitspreken, ontbreekt het feitelijk aan de …


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