Peru: Congress Passes “Practically Secret” Version of IT Crimes Act

On September 12, Peru’s Congress approved [es] the IT Crimes Act, one that has generated serious questions since the release of its Pre Dictamen [es]. This has been based not only on the assumption that a good part of the text was copied from various sources, but also because it constitutes a likely threat to privacy and freedom …

Zimbabwe to snoop on citizens’ mobile communications

Zimbabwe’s government has enacted a controversial law that could enable it to spy on any citizen’s cellphone call records as well as text messages. The government gazetted ‘Statutory Instrument 142 of 2013 on Postal and Telecommunications (Subscriber Registration) Regulations, 2013’ on Friday as the country’s new communications minister Webster Shamu – a loyalist of President …

Obama to confront Chinese president over spate of cyber-attacks on US

Barack Obama will confront Chinese president Xi Jinping next week over a spate of cyber-attacks on the US, including the latest allegation that Chinese hackers gained access to more than two dozen of America’s most advanced weapons systems. The alleged cyber-attacks are the most serious of a series of issues creating friction between the US …

Correlation between country governance regimes and the reputation of their Internet (IP) address allocations

We recently analyzed the reputation of a country’s Internet (IPv4) addresses by examining the number of blacklisted IPv4 addresses that geolocate to a given country. We compared this indicator with two qualitative measures of each country’s governance. We hypothesized that countries with more transparent, democratic govermental institutions would harbor a smaller fraction of misbehaving (blacklisted) …

Ex-White House Official Joins Group Fighting “Excessive” Online Privacy Laws

As the Obama administration and tech company lobbyists chip away at the European Union’s attempts to protect online privacy, a new pro-industry coalition has popped up to join the fray. Not quite two weeks ago, the Coalition for Privacy and Free Trade announced its existence. The group’s senior academic adviser is Daniel Weitzner, who, less than …