Now @davidakaye explains how private surveillance tech needs to be restricted #ORGCon2019 Image
Centralisation of Internet is causing problems of censorship says @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Also gives huge authority to private companies to manage and adjudicate over public spaces #ORGCon2019
Now debates move to competition and breaking tech cos up. Would be good, but @davidakaye fears governments actually prefer centralisation #ORGCon2019
Moving onto content moderation and Myanmar 2012 on @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Social media used to generate violence in Myanmar. @davidakaye says @Facebook knew incitement to violence was taking place, was prohibited and contributed to the genocide #ORGCon2019
Now in Ethiopia lid has come off repression and ethnic tensions exposed on platforms. How is @Facebook dealing with it? Not well, no game plan, looks like a business model of hate #ORGCon2019
Jennifer Robinson adds content trying. To protect against violence gets taken down #ORGCon2019
Lack of political knowledge of context, language; will never be sufficient as SF is managing the problems from afar says @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Needs local accountability without handing company policy to government @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Moving onto #rtbf
French authority trying to make #rtbf should apply globally; could this spark race to bottom? #ORGCon2019
Skepticism of #rtbf especially making Google decide on free expression vs privacy balance from @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Reputation management companies driving the #rtbf takedowns says @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
How then do we regulate tech companies? #ORGCon2019
Legality, necessary for narrow purposes, before free expression restricted. Companies should assess their impact before enter markets @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Companies must demonstrate the necessity of restrictions says @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
What about #onlineharms white paper @davidakaye asked? No formal response yet, he says. Biggest concerns are definition of harms – not enough to say this needs dealing with despite legality, when combined with fines. Very risky incentive to remove legitimate content #ORGCon2019
Authoritarian governments love the idea of vague notion of harms. What about 'social harm', etc. @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Moving onto Julian Assange. @davidakaye highlights role of US Espionage Act: it has said that people doing things that are core newsgathering activities fall under it — especially relating to national security #ORGCon2019
Journalists in future will think twice about talking to and handling documents from sources in national security @davidakaye #ORGCon2019
Looking at artistic expression, digital security, surveillance and company accountability to not interfere with rights for rest of @davidakaye term of office #ORGCon2019 #orgcon19

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This should be all over the papers. Racial profiling of voters without consent is not acceptable.…
And, you may ask, why isn’t it all over the papers.

EXHIBIT ONE: The @ICOnews Press Release…
Any mention of 10 million people being racially profiled? No. But there is this. I feel reassured. Image
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On the face of it, this is welcome news:

@Google are introducing e2e encryptions for Android RCS messaging…
This is announced, coincidentally I am sure, during a debate on #onlineharms in the Commons.

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So, why is the market moving towards very secure messaging apps?
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So far not much coverage of the Commons Trade Committee’s Japan Trade deal report…
It matters when MPs start looking at things the Government is not keen to discuss.

Here they discuss the privacy impacts of “data flow” commitments Image
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Today the @NHSuk COVID tracing App is launched, and they have ended up using the privacy friendly technology from Apple and Google — and even adopted the same approach for QR code scanning in pubs and bars.

A huge win for privacy, the Govt set their face against this.

* If you are poor, don’t have a smartphone, then your privacy is not properly protected.

* Instead, you hand your details to the venue with no safeguards

* And when you talk to test and Trace, we still know nothing of how bad their privacy is, or if problems are fixed
That is why @OpenRightsGroup and @BigBrotherWatch yesterday asked our lawyers at @A__W______O to write to the Government demanding answers.
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I guess most people who are on the #twitterwalkout won't be monitoring this.

But rather than just walking out: why not also start using @joinmastodon which has much stronger policies and community around reudcing hateful content?

Here are more alternatives:…
Here's me, if you want to chat there:…
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Government admits to ORG that England's test and trace programme 'breaks GDPR data law'…
What happened here:

ORG was already concerned because the App had a late and bad Data Protection Impact Assessment.

When the manual Track and Trace programme was launched at the end of May, Politico reported no DPIA had been done.…
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