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Jul 13, 2019 22 tweets 11 min read
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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Jun 16, 2021
In a meeting today, Elizabeth Denham from @ICOnews assured me that she was “relaxed” about the UK keeping “high data protection standards”.

The Government have today appointed IDS @MPIainDS, Theresa Villiers MP and @GeorgeFreemanMP to front the axing.

@ICOnews @MPIainDS @GeorgeFreemanMP This is what they say about #GDPR.
And they say they measure this in whether they can see an end it “pointless cookie banners”.

#GDPR could end this nonsense today, if @ICOnews had the courage to act on it.

What IDS et al seem to be saying is that transparency is fine, don’t worry about the ads.

Call me worried
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May 26, 2021
The #OnlineSafetyBill means:

(1) The Home Secretary decides what content FB and Twitter must remove, and how;

(2) Companies must be able to read your private messages

(3) Services that don’t comply get banned from App Stores, blocked on ISPs

Goodbye, e2e encryption for private messaging, explains @WebDevLaw.
Hello, state direction of @Facebook and @Twitter @Policy over what stays up, what gets deleted, and how they find it.
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May 25, 2021
It has been a long road since 2013 when @OpenRightsGroup @BigBrotherWatch @englishpen and Constanze Kurz took the UK to the ECHR over the @Snowden revelations:


Donations from across Europe paid for us to go the ECHR.
Today the ECHR came in with its final judgment that the UK’s laws were deficient and lacked crucial safeguards.

The court’s judgment makes it plain that bulk interception is a dangerous technology that requires special supervision.
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Nov 20, 2020
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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Nov 19, 2020
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.

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

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?
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Nov 19, 2020
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
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
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