Krav på stopp för automatisk ansiktsigenkänning i EU

»Just like China and Russia, some EU Member States such as France are exploring the use of facial recognition and behavioral detection technology to control public spaces. I don’t want to live with technology that permanently matches my face in public or reports ‘unusual behaviour’. Such mass surveillance has a massive chilling effect on society, results in false incrimination and discriminates certain groups of people such as people of colour or elderly. Now is the time for the Commission to live up to its promises on ethical AI and propose a ban on biometric mass surveillance!«

Patrick Breyer, piratpartistisk ledamot av Europaparlamentet från Tyskland.

Magert resultat för NSA:s massövervakning

Bruce Schneier:

»A National Security Agency system that analyzed logs of Americans’ domestic phone calls and text messages cost $100 million from 2015 to 2019, but yielded only a single significant investigation, according to a newly declassified study.

Moreover, only twice during that four-year period did the program generate unique information that the F.B.I. did not already possess, said the study, which was produced by the Privacy and Civil Liberties Oversight Board and briefed to Congress on Tuesday.«

Länk: Newly Declassified Study Demonstrates Uselessness of NSA’s Phone Metadata Program »

Kriget om det fria ordet i virusets Kina

The regime also distributed its new media line: “Sources of articles must be strictly regulated, independent reporting is strictly prohibited, and the use of nonregulated article sources, particularly self-media, is strictly prohibited.” Social media providers were told they were under “special supervision.” Moreover, the regime sent a legion of official journalists to Wuhan and surrounding Hubei province to “report” on the virus. Cheng Yizhong, a newspaper editor fired for reporting on SARS, nearly two decades ago, opined: “All Chinese are suffering the bitterness of CCP monopoly over papers, resources and truth.”

FEE: Why Chinese Communism Could Be the Final Casualty of the Coronavirus »

Wired: Censurvännernas verkliga problem är inte Facebook, utan folket

»But the reason these companies—Facebook in particular—talk about free speech is not simply to conceal their economic stake in the reproduction of misinformation; it’s also a polite way for them to suggest that the real culpability for what pullulates on their platforms lies with their users. Facebook has always presented itself, in contrast to legacy gatekeepers, as a neutral bit of infrastructure; people may post what they like and access what they fancy. When Zuckerberg talks about “free expression,” he is describing the sanctity of a market­place where supply is liberated to seek the level of demand. What he is saying, by implication, is that the affliction of partisan propaganda reflects not a problem of supply but of demand—a deep and transparent expression of popular desire.«

Wired: Bad Algorithms Didn’t Break Democracy »

Snowden: Utan kryptering, inget privatliv

NSA-visselblåsaren Edward Snowden i The Guardian:

»In every country of the world, the security of computers keeps the lights on, the shelves stocked, the dams closed, and transportation running. For more than half a decade, the vulnerability of our computers and computer networks has been ranked the number one risk in the US Intelligence Community’s Worldwide Threat Assessment – that’s higher than terrorism, higher than war. Your bank balance, the local hospital’s equipment, and the 2020 US presidential election, among many, many other things, all depend on computer safety.

And yet, in the midst of the greatest computer security crisis in history, the US government, along with the governments of the UK and Australia, is attempting to undermine the only method that currently exists for reliably protecting the world’s information: encryption. Should they succeed in their quest to undermine encryption, our public infrastructure and private lives will be rendered permanently unsafe.«

Länk: Without encryption, we will lose all privacy. This is our new battleground. »

Hyppönen: Internet of things är som digital asbest

»[D]e flesta smarta saker är egentligen otroligt korkade ur säkerhetssynvinkel. Helt plötsligt sprejas internet med saker med urgamla Linux-kärnor, med alla portar öppna, som kör telnet och inte går att patcha.« (…)

»Kommer framtida generationer att hata oss för IoT? Kanske det. Mikko Hyppönen drar en parallell med asbest. Smarta saker är det nya digitala asbest. Asbest var ju ett fantastiskt material, en revolution. Det kunde användas till allt möjligt. Mikko Hyppönen visar ett klipp från en reklamfilm från 1960-talet. Reklamen går ut på att till och med en kvinna, en smart kvinna alltså, kan lägga golvplattor i köket. Golvplattor av asbest. Fantastiskt. Smart. Femtio år senare är asbest fortfarande ett miljöproblem. Blir det samma sak med smarta saker? Hur många decennier kommer det ta att senara världen från dumma smarta saker?»

IDG Techworld:
• Mikko Hyppönen: Smarta saker är det nya digitala asbest »

Cantwell om ändamålsglidning

Aftonbladets krönikör Oisin Cantwell:

»När paragrafer av detta slag presenteras heter det alltid att den bara tar sikte på terrorism och annan mycket grov brottslighet. Men långsamt, nästan osynligt, flyttas gränserna. Ribban sänks, fler och fler brott omfattas.

Ett hårresande exempel på hur det kan gå till är datalagringen, det vill säga kravet på att internet- och teleoperatörer ska spara och på begäran från myndigheter lämna ut de digitala fotavtryck som kunderna lämnar efter sig då de surfar, mejlar och skickar sms.

Lagen skulle bara omfatta mördare och knarkbaroner, lovade politiker en gång i världen. Men det skenade. Till slut kom det in tiotusentals förfrågningar i månaden om dittan och dattan, ofta rörande brott som bara ger dagsböter.

Massövervakningen stoppades förvisso av EU-domstolen, men regeringen har letat kryphål i det avgörandet och en ny lag träder i kraft i nästa vecka.«

Länk »

Snowden: USA hotade de länder som övervägde att ge mig asyl

»I applied for asylum in 27 different countries around the world. Places like France and Germany, places like Norway, that I felt the U.S. government and the American public could be comfortable, that was fine for a whistleblower to be in, and yet every time one of these governments got close to opening their doors, the phone would ring in their foreign ministries and on the other end of the line would be a very senior American official.

It was one of two people. Then-Secretary of State John Kerry or then vice president Joe Biden. And they would say, look, we don’t know what the law is, we don’t care if you can do this or not, we understand that protecting whistleblowers is a matter of human rights and you could do this if you want to. But if you protect this man, if you let this guy out of Russia, there will be consequences. We’re not going to say what they’re going to be, but there will be a response.«

Länk: Edward Snowden: Joe Biden Threatened Countries Not To Give Me Asylum »