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OpWCIT: Russia, China & Others Withdraw Internet Regulation Push after Proposal is Leaked Online

In Anonymous, Big Brother, China, News, NWO, OpWCIT, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology, World Revolution on December 10, 2012 at 10:00 PM

12/10/2012

ZDNet:

New proposals submitted to the World Conference on International Telecommunications (WCIT-12) aim to redefine the Internet as a system of government-controlled, state-supervised networks, according to a leaked document.

The WCIT-12 summit in Dubai is currently where the U.N.’s International Telecommunications Union (ITU) is being held, where member state countries are going head-to-head about proposed revisions to the International Telecommunication Regulations (ITR), a legally binding international treaty signed by 178 countries.

The leaked document [PDF] was proposed by a member state bloc comprised of Russia, China, Saudi Arabia, Algeria, Sudan, Egypt, and the United Arab Emirates (UAE).

According to ITU’s Twitter feed, TechWeek Europe and The National, the proposal has now been withdrawn. Additionally, the Egyptian delegation has communicated to WCITleaks via Twitter that, despite its name on the document, Egypt claims it “never supported the document.”

Both Russia and China have been criticized in the past for various actions over their legislative approaches to their citizens’ Internet access. Russia recently enacted a ‘blacklist’ law that sparked parliamentary scrutiny over the country’s plans to censor the Russian Web, while China has for years impeded citizens’ access to a free and open Web thanks to the state-run so-called ‘Great Firewall’.

The leaked proposal specifically defines the Internet as an: “international conglomeration of interconnected telecommunication networks,” and that “Internet governance shall be effected through the development and application by governments,” with member states having “the sovereign right to establish and implement public policy, including international policy, on matters of Internet governance.”

The secretly drafted proposal were posted on WCITLeaks, a Web site where conference proposals are being anonymously leaked, partially due to the fact that WCIT-12 conference proposals have not yet been made available to the general public.

The document also reflects one country’s relentless push to redefine the Internet — most recently seen in Russia’s original proposals for WCIT-12 [PDF].

In June 2011, Vladimir Putin met with ITU’s Secretary-General, Dr. Hamadoun Toure, where the then-Russian Prime Minister reminded the Toure that Russia co-founded the ITU. Putin then made headlines after stating that Russia intends to actively participate in, “establishing international control over the Internet using the monitoring and supervisory capabilities of the International Telecommunication Union (ITU).”

With the secretive nature of WCIT-12’s proposal system, there is a growing sense that certain countries are prepared to move quickly in hopes that drastic proposals will slip through unnoticed.

In late November, the Arab States made a last-minute play to have the ITU become a national registry in the standards-setting summit the ITU facilitated just before WCIT-12 began only a week ago.

According to Dot Next, attendees at the World Telecommunication Standardization Assembly (WTSA) were “surprised” with an aggressive last-minute proposal by the Arab States that the ITU become a provider of IP addresses, citing “historical imbalances” relating to the allocation of traditional IPv4 addresses.

The proposal was halted when the U.S. threatened that it would refuse to accept the decision if it were passed. In a softening move, the ITU then decided it would, “conduct a feasibility study on the necessary action that would enable ITU-T to become a registry of IPv6 addresses” for the ITU Council to consider in 2013.

It’s outrageous to think that any country would propose “state surveillance,” or “the sovereign right to force Internet companies to hand over private information.” But, this seems to be just what this document is proposing:

The leaked proposals (Credit: WCITLeaks.org [PDF])

It cannot be understated the damage such a proposal could do to the free and open Internet, online privacy and anonymity, with access to the Internet at risk from an array of oppressive governments.

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WCIT bombshell: Russia withdraws Internet regulation push, apparently under ITU pressure

OpWCIT: Russia, China & Other Re-Submit Internet Regulations Proposal

CA Web Users File Class-Action Lawsuits Against Google & Yahoo Over Privacy

In Big Brother, News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology, USA, World Revolution on July 2, 2012 at 5:48 PM

07/02/2012

ABC:

Some California residents have filed two class action lawsuits against Google and Yahoo in Marin County Superior Court. The suits, filed on June 12 and June 28, claim that the web giants illegally intercept emails sent from individual non-Gmail and non-Yahoo subscribers to individual Gmail and Yahoo subscribers, without their knowledge, consent or permission. What’s more, they say the interception takes place before the email reaches its intended target.

 

“We began the investigation quite some time ago when a client came to us,” said F. Jerome Tapley, a lawyer in Birmingham, Ala. who represents the plaintiffs. “They noticed that the ads within their email browser were strangely correlating to the incoming email they were getting from their friends. It creeps people out.”

In the suit, Stuart Diamond, of Marin County; David Sutton, also of Marin County; and Roland Williams of Sonoma County — none of whom have personal Google or Yahoo email accounts, but have sent emails to people who do — allege that Google and Yahoo are violating the California Invasion of Privacy Act (CIPA), which prohibits anyone from wiretapping or eavesdropping on emails without the consent, knowledge and permission of all parties.

“The invasion of privacy by wiretapping or, in the alternative, eavesdropping, caused by Google and Yahoo’s! continual and pervasive use of such devices seriously threatens the exercise of personal liberties,” the lawyers write

The suit, which is for unspecified financial damages, was filed on behalf of all residents of California who are not Google or Yahoo email subscribers but have sent emails to people who are.

Yahoo did not respond to requests for comment, but in an email statement a Google spokesperson said, “We’re not going to comment on the ongoing litigation. But to be clear, ad targeting in Gmail is fully automated, and no humans read users’ emails or Google account information in order to show advertisements.”

Perry Litchfield, another plaintiffs’ lawyer in San Rafael, Calif., said he is unimpressed.

“It’s fundamental that computers have to be monitored and operated by people,” he said. What’s more, he added, the lawsuit is not about Gmail users — it’s about the people who send them emails. “Who knows how sophisticated they are? Certainly there are sophisticated ways to determine what you’re thinking as far as advertising is concerned.”

Currently, there are no federal laws specifically governing behavioral advertising on the web, nor is there a comprehensive general privacy law. But last week, Facebook agreed to let users know that when they “like” a product on Facebook, their names and photos can be used to endorse the item. Users will be allowed to decline the opportunity to be unpaid promoters; parents of users under 18 will also get the chance to keep their kids out of ads. Facebook also agreed to donate $10 million to charity, and pay $10 million to cover the plaintiffs’ legal fees.

Tapley said he hopes Google and Yahoo do the right thing, too. “I’d like to see them stop this behavior that’s in violation of the penal code and to compensate people whose privacy they violated.”

“Black Boxes” to Monitor All Internet & Phone Data in UK

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology, Viral Videos on June 30, 2012 at 4:16 PM

06/29/2012

Channel4:

Internet and phone firms are preparing to install “black boxes” to monitor UK internet and phone traffic, and decode encrypted messages – including Facebook and GMail messages.

 

As part of the Home Office’s communications data bill, internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile phone companies will be obliged to collect communications records and keep them for a year.

The government has insisted that the actual content of messages won’t be stored, but until now it has not been clear how communications companies will be able to separate content from “header data”, such as the sender and recipient of a message, and the date it was sent.

It has now emerged that the Home Office has held meetings with the UK’s largest ISPs and mobile network operators, and has given them information about the hardware which companies will have to use to monitor traffic flowing through their systems.

When an individual uses a webmail service such as Gmail, for example, the entire webpage is encrypted before it is sent. This makes it impossible for ISPs to distinguish the content of the message. Under the Home Office proposals, once the Gmail is sent, the ISPs would have to route the data via a government-approved “black box” which will decrypt the message, separate the content from the “header data”, and pass the latter back to the ISP for storage.

 

Dominic Raab, a Conservative MP who has criticised the bill, said: “The use of data mining and black boxes to monitor everyone’s phone, email and web-based communications is a sobering thought that would give Britain the most intrusive surveillance regime in the west. But, many technical experts are raising equally serious doubts about its feasibility and vulnerability to hacking and other abuse.”

A representative of the ISPs Association said: “We understand that government wants to move with the times, and we want to work with them on that. But this is a massive project. We’d rather they told us what they want to achieve, then sit down with us to work out how.”

“Our other main concern with this is speed. If you’re having to route all traffic through one box, it’s going to cut down on connection speeds. The hardware can only look at a certain amount of traffic per second – if lots of streams from the BBC iPlayer are going through it, for example, how is it going to handle the traffic?”

A Home Office spokesman said -

“We have not issued any hardware or software specifications.

“The communications data bill is designed to allow the police to maintain their capability to catch criminals and protect the public as technology changes and people use more modern communications. Under this programme the emphasis is to work with industry to determine the best way to achieve this.

“The legislation is currently being scrutinised by parliament. Once it has been passed will we work with companies on how to best collect and store communications data, but not the content.”

WWW Inventor Warns Against Web Snooping Bill

Inventor of the world wide web Tim Berners-Lee, says the extension of the state’s surveillance powers would be a “destruction of human rights.”

 

EU Email and Web Use to Be Monitored Under New Laws

Ever tighter controls appear to be placed on European Union Citizens, as the new Data Retention Directive- or DRD- allows the police liberties with the public’s privacy in the name of Anti Terrorism efforts.

The measure does not end there however, as text messages, are also a target… and even more concerning is the tracking of your cell phone allowing the authorities to create a movement grid, knowing your patterns day in day out… But one of the architects of a movement growing to take a motion to Austria’s constitutional court, believes the EU has bitten off more than it can.

 

The voices appear to be unanimous on this point, saying the EU is only wasting taxpayer’s Euros when it can be spent on the much needed recovery…. and not placing more burdens on already heavy shoulders of an economically stressed Eurozone…

Austria has however had one up on the situation… the author of the central european country’s version has placed provisions that require the police to notify someone if they are being monitored, and there will be a 1 year evaluation among other conditions… inspite of this… citizens are fighting back hard, to bring the motion to Constitutional Court… to rid Austria of the DRD for good…

The Data Retention Directive already appears to be in trouble with Constitutional Courts like that of the Czech Republic, ruling the act UNconstitutional… and bigger EU members like Germany finding no legal reason to have the law around… the picture becomes clearer. What Austria’s Constitutional Court will rule on the DRD once the motion is heard, will see whether or not the Government will have the legal right to spy on its people.

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UK Online “Pirates” Face £20 Appeal Fee Under New Proposals

UK Online “Pirates” Face £20 Appeal Fee Under New Proposals

In News, NWO, Other Leaks, Police State, Science & Technology on June 27, 2012 at 1:33 AM

06/26/2012

BBC:

Suspected internet pirates will have 20 working days to appeal against allegations of copyright infringement and must pay £20 to do so, according to revised plans to enforce the UK’s Digital Economy Act.

The details are contained in secondary legislation presented to Parliament and a draft code published by Ofcom.

The telecoms regulator said it expected the scheme to begin in 2014.

Campaigners oppose the fee saying users should be innocent until proven guilty.

The Creative Industries Minister, Ed Vaizey, said: “We must ensure our creative industries can protect their investment.

“They have the right to charge people to access their content if they wish, whether in the physical world or on the internet.”

Three Letters

Under the plans users suspected of accessing or uploading illegally copied files will be sent letters from their internet service provider (ISP), delivered at least one month apart, informing them they are suspected of copyright infringement.

The messages will also contain information about where to find licensed material online.

Copyright owners can request details about all the accusations made against any account-holder who receives three or more letters within a 12-month period, but the user’s name will not be revealed at this stage.

Rights holders wishing to chase a suspected pirate must seek a court order requiring the ISP to hand over the details.

Ofcom said this additional step was designed to encourage efforts to be focused “on the most persistent alleged infringers”.

Appeal Fees

Accused users who wish to appeal against the claims outlined in any letter must pay £20 to do so, but the revised code says only grounds specified in the act will be considered.

Campaign group Consumer Focus chief executive Mike O’Connor said: “Copyright infringement is not to be condoned, but people who are innocent should not have to pay a fee to challenge accusations.

“Twenty pounds may sound like a small sum, but it could deter those living on low-incomes from challenging unfair allegations.”

He added the best way to reduce unnecessary appeals was for Ofcom to require a high standard of evidence from copyright holders to avoid notifications being sent out on the basis of “flimsy evidence”.

Ofcom noted its revised code stated rights holders would only be able to gather evidence using measures approved by the regulator.

Punishments

ISPs – who must also contribute to the cost of running the scheme – will ultimately be required to take steps against repeat offenders such as limiting their broadband speed or suspending their accounts.

However, Ofcom noted this would require further legislation that could only be considered after the letter scheme had been in force for a year.

Even so, members of the Creative Coalition Campaign, welcomed the latest step towards implementing the copyright crackdown.

“We urge ISPs to begin building their systems now and to work constructively with rights holders, Ofcom and government to get notice-sending up and running as soon as possible,” said John Smith, general secretary of the Musicians’ Union.

Lockerbie Bomber Report Published Online by Scotland’s Sunday Herald

In News, NWO, Other Leaks on March 25, 2012 at 3:21 PM

03/25/2012

Full details of the Lockerbie bomber’s grounds for appeal have been published for the first time.

 

The Sunday Herald said it had decided to publish online the 821-page report from the Scottish Criminal Cases Review Commission (SCCRC) in the case of Abdelbaset al-Megrahi.

It follows assurances by the lord advocate that SCCRC members would not be prosecuted for publishing details.

The newspaper said it chose to publish on the grounds of public interest.

WHAT THE MAINSTREAM MEDIA WON’T TELL YOU

04/23/2007

InfoWars:

The CIA and the Lockerbie Bomb

The Lockerbie bomber could be set free within two months, according to The Sunday Times, 22 April 2007.

It is possible that Iran will be made the new scapegoat for the Lockerbie Bomb.
But, what about CIA involvement?

Major Charles McKie worked for the US Defence Intelligence Agency.
While in Lebanon, McKee reportedly discovered a CIA team who were working with Manzur El-Khassar , a Syrian drug dealer.

Reportedly El-Khassar was friends with Lt. Col. Oliver North who reportedly was involved with trafficking in drugs and guns.

Reportedly Major Charles McKie was going to act as a whistleblower, but he was killed in the 1988 Lockerbie Bombing.

Mr. Tam Dalyell, MP in the House of Commons, London, 26 March 2002, referred to Mary Boylan and the Lockerbie Bomb. http://www.i-p-o.org/lockerbie_dalyell.htm
According to Dalyell, former Woman Police Constable Mary Boylan states: “Towards the latter part of 1999, I was asked to attend at Dumfries Police Station, to give a statement to the Procurator Fiscal regarding my duties at Lockerbie… I was informed that my notebook could not be found. Shortly after this I read in a Scottish broadsheet that Lothian and Borders Police notebooks had been destroyed…

“I drove to Lockerbie’s Garden of Remembrance to pay my respects. I noticed a brass plaque there with the inscription ‘Joseph Patrick Curry, Captain US Army Special Forces. Killed in the line of duty’…
According to Dalyell, in 1989, Police Constable Boylan was informed by a colleague that the suitcase belonging to Curry was that which contained the bomb that blew up Pan Am 103.

After the December 21, 1988 Lockerbie bombing, several polythene bags containing white powder were found, according to Edinburgh’s Radio Forth reporter David Johnstone. Alternative theories of the bombing of Pan Am Flight 103 …

According to the BBC: BBC News WORLD Lockerbie: Conspiracy theories
“An internal investigation by Pan Am is believed to have found that the bomb planted on Flight 103 was put on the plane during a stop-over in Frankfurt… The Pan Am report is believed to have concluded that the bomb was not aimed at the killing of Americans in general, but was targeted specifically to kill a small band of DIA operatives that had uncovered a drugs ring run by a ‘rogue’ CIA unit in Lebanon… The drugs-ring and the connection to Hezbollah is said to have been set up by Israeli Mossad agents.”

08/25/2009

InfoWars:

Evidence Reveals Libyan Convicted of Lockerbie Bombing Innocent

An article published by The Mail On Sunday reveals that convicted Lockerbie bomber Abdelbaset al-Megrahi is innocent. Lawyers for the cancer-stricken Libyan, released from a Scottish prison last week on humanitarian grounds, presented evidence to the Court of Appeal indicating that crucial details in the case were not submitted to the court and evidence submitted was tampered with. In addition, U.S. intelligence agencies believe that Iran, not Libya, was responsible for the attack that killed 270 people on Pan Am flight 103.

Ian Ferguson, an investigative journalist and co-author of the book Cover-up of Convenience: The Hidden Scandal of Lockerbie, told the British newspaper “Megrahi was made the scapegoat for whatever reason and from that point everything went in reverse to try to make the crime fit.”

Last week, Infowars posted an article indicating the bomber was in fact the U.S. and Israeli intelligence asset Abu Nidal. Former Labor MP Tam Dalyell and Edinburgh law professor Robert Black presented evidence in 2008 showing that Nidal was connected to the bombing and it was carried out as revenge for the shooting down of an Iranian airbus by the warship USS Vincennes in 1988.

In a memo dated September 24, 1989, the DIA states: “The bombing of the Pan Am flight was conceived, authorized and financed by Ali-Akbar Mohtashemi-Pur, Iran’s former interior minister.” It took the use of the U.S. Freedom of Information Act to release the full intelligence documents, according to the Mail Online.

“The execution of the operation was contracted to Ahmad [Jibril], Popular Front for the Liberation of Palestine General Command [PFLP-GC] leader, for a sum of $1 million,” the DIA documents state. “$100,000 of this money was given to Jibril up front in Damascus by the Iranian ambassador to Sy [Syria], Muhammed Hussan [Akhari] for initial expenses. The remainder of the money was to be paid after successful completion of the mission.”

[efoods]Dalyell and Black believe the “mission” was carried out by Nidal, who was later killed or committed suicide in Iraq.

In May of 2000, a gag order added weight to the theory that Libya was not behind the Lockerbie bombing. Dr. Richard Fuisz, a CIA agent and a potential key trial witness, was gagged by the U.S. government under state secrecy laws and faced 10 years in prison if he revealed any information about the terrorist attack, the Sunday Herald reported.

In the U.S., however, the truth is irrelevant. In addition to the chairman of the joint chiefs of staff and the director of the FBI expressing outrage over the release of al-Megrahi — and the corporate media’s tedious feeding frenzy over the incident — campaigners in the states have set up a website demanding Americans punish Scotland by boycotting all travel to the country. “In addition, the campaign’s organizers, whose identity is unknown, call for a boycott of British products, including whiskey, one of Scotland’s main industries, worth a record £3 billion last year,” reports The Times Online.

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