I keep forgetting about Evil Wednesday Roundup. Even though I have my calendar open right in front of me at all times. Here’s what’s been happening:
- US Congress is about to vote on two surveillance bills disguised as cybersecurity. “The bills aim to allow private companies to share large swaths of private information with the government with no legal process whatsoever, essentially carving a giant hole in the country’s myriad privacy laws. But worse, the proposed FOIA exemption would prevent the public from ever being able to find out what type or amount of information these companies handed over.”
- Data-mining sexual preference from sex toy sales and reviews.
- Twitter implements two policy changes aimed at tackling abuse. The violent threats policy has been updated so that the prohibition on violent threats is not limited to “direct, specific threats of violence against others”. Now it reads “threats of violence against others or promot[ing] violence against others.” They’re also testing a feature that can identify and filter out abusive tweets so they don’t appear on people’s timelines. I remain to be convinced about either.
- The FBI admits lying about hair samples for over 20 years. of 342 cases reviwed so far, 268 used hair evidence and 257 of those were flawed. There are still 1200 cases left to review. in 14 cases reviewed so far, 14 have been executed or died in prison.
- A bill to fix the US Digital Copyright Act.
- Internet.org: A poor internet for poor people. India fights for net neutrality.
- Hacker detained by FBI for tweeting about plane software vulnerabilities, from the plane. How did the FBI detect and interpret the tweet and mobilise a team to intercept him before the plane landed? Some serious surveillance, possibly. Also, I understand that his laptop/phone etc. were removed without a warrant. The EFF is on the case.