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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20 Nov
This should be all over the papers. Racial profiling of voters without consent is not acceptable.

opendemocracy.net/en/opendemocra…
And, you may ask, why isn’t it all over the papers.

EXHIBIT ONE: The @ICOnews Press Release

ico.org.uk/about-the-ico/…
Any mention of 10 million people being racially profiled? No. But there is this. I feel reassured. Image
Read 8 tweets
19 Nov
On the face of it, this is welcome news:

@Google are introducing e2e encryptions for Android RCS messaging

blog.google/products/messa…
This is announced, coincidentally I am sure, during a debate on #onlineharms in the Commons.

In the UK, there is pressure for the Government to ban or “licence” e2e encryption of personal messages as @WebDevLaw wrote on our blog last week

openrightsgroup.org/blog/org-signs…
Many companies are moving towards encrypting chat services. Government and MPs need to ask themselves why that is.

So, why is the market moving towards very secure messaging apps?
Read 5 tweets
19 Nov
So far not much coverage of the Commons Trade Committee’s Japan Trade deal report

publications.parliament.uk/pa/cm5801/cmse…
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
This is the best news: they plan an inquiry on data and digital matters in trade agreements.

That is a real step forward as it will force some clarity about the strategy and consequences. Image
Read 4 tweets
24 Sep
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.

*BUT*
* 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.
Read 5 tweets
27 Jul
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?

eg: mastodon.online
Here are more alternatives: joinmastodon.org/#getting-start…
Here's me, if you want to chat there: campaign.openworlds.info/web/accounts/5…
Read 4 tweets
20 Jul
WIn for @OpenRightsGroup:

Government admits to ORG that England's test and trace programme 'breaks GDPR data law'

bbc.co.uk/news/technolog…
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.

politico.eu/article/uk-tes…
We wrote to the Government, which said it had done a DPIA on CTAS. They obfuscated to us, trying to imply doing a DPIA on one part of the system was enough.

CTAS is the 'Contact Tracing and Advisory Service' web portal, one of several pieces of software.

wired.co.uk/article/nhs-co…
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