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Google and Facebook Have Failed Us - The Atlantic
There’s no hiding behind algorithms anymore. The problems cannot be minimized. The machines have shown they are not up to the task of dealing with rare, breaking news events, and it is unlikely that they will be in the near future. More humans must be added to the decision-making process, and the sooner the better.
algorithms  facebook  google  las-vegas  news  filtering  hoaxes  4chan  abuse  breaking-news  responsibility  silicon-valley 
7 weeks ago by jm
Use AWS WAF to Mitigate OWASP’s Top 10 Web Application Vulnerabilities
'describes how you can use AWS WAF, a web application firewall, to address the top application security flaws as named by the Open Web Application Security Project (OWASP). Using AWS WAF, you can write rules to match patterns of exploitation attempts in HTTP requests and block requests from reaching your web servers. This whitepaper discusses manifestations of these security vulnerabilities, AWS WAF–based mitigation strategies, and other AWS services or solutions that can help address these threats.'
security  waf  aws  http  owasp  filtering 
july 2017 by jm
iKydz
'Total Parent Control' for kids internet access at home. Dublin-based product, dedicated wifi AP with lots of child-oriented filtering capabilities
filtering  security  ikydz  kids  children  internet  wifi  ap  hardware  blocking 
may 2017 by jm
UK at serious risk of over-blocking content online, human rights watchdog warns | Ars Technica UK
The IWF in the spotlight...
The blacklist operated by the IWF effectively amounts to censorship. Not only are the blacklist and notices sent to members of the IWF kept secret, but there is no requirement to notify website owners when their site has been added to the blacklist. Even where statutory rules do exist with respect to notice and take-down procedures (namely, the Terrorism Act 2006 and the Defamation (Operators of Websites) Regulations 2013), the provisions are not so concerned with safeguards for the protection of freedom of expression, as with offering an exemption from liability for ISPs.
iwf  censorship  uk  filtering  coe  eu  europe 
june 2016 by jm
Social Network Algorithms Are Distorting Reality By Boosting Conspiracy Theories | Co.Exist | ideas + impact
In his 1962 book, The Image: A Guide to Pseudo-Events in America, former Librarian of Congress Daniel J. Boorstin describes a world where our ability to technologically shape reality is so sophisticated, it overcomes reality itself. "We risk being the first people in history," he writes, "to have been able to make their illusions so vivid, so persuasive, so ‘realistic’ that they can live in them."
algorithms  facebook  ethics  filtering  newsfeed  conspiracy-theories  twitter  viral  crazy 
may 2016 by jm
RFC 7754 - Technical Considerations for Internet Service Blocking and Filtering
The Internet is structured to be an open communications medium. This
openness is one of the key underpinnings of Internet innovation, but
it can also allow communications that may be viewed as undesirable by
certain parties. Thus, as the Internet has grown, so have mechanisms
to limit the extent and impact of abusive or objectionable
communications. Recently, there has been an increasing emphasis on
"blocking" and "filtering", the active prevention of such
communications. This document examines several technical approaches
to Internet blocking and filtering in terms of their alignment with
the overall Internet architecture. When it is possible to do so, the
approach to blocking and filtering that is most coherent with the
Internet architecture is to inform endpoints about potentially
undesirable services, so that the communicants can avoid engaging in
abusive or objectionable communications. We observe that certain
filtering and blocking approaches can cause unintended consequences
to third parties, and we discuss the limits of efficacy of various
approaches.


(via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  blocking  censorship  filtering  internet  rfcs  rfc  isps 
march 2016 by jm
Exclusive: Snowden intelligence docs reveal UK spooks' malware checklist / Boing Boing
This is an excellent essay from Cory Doctorow on mass surveillance in the post-Snowden era, and the difference between HUMINT and SIGINT. So much good stuff, including this (new to me) cite for, "Goodhart's law", on secrecy as it affects adversarial classification:
The problem with this is that once you accept this framing, and note the happy coincidence that your paymasters just happen to have found a way to spy on everyone, the conclusion is obvious: just mine all of the data, from everyone to everyone, and use an algorithm to figure out who’s guilty. The bad guys have a Modus Operandi, as anyone who’s watched a cop show knows. Find the MO, turn it into a data fingerprint, and you can just sort the firehose’s output into ”terrorist-ish” and ”unterrorist-ish.”

Once you accept this premise, then it’s equally obvious that the whole methodology has to be kept from scrutiny. If you’re depending on three ”tells” as indicators of terrorist planning, the terrorists will figure out how to plan their attacks without doing those three things.

This even has a name: Goodhart's law. "When a measure becomes a target, it ceases to be a good measure." Google started out by gauging a web page’s importance by counting the number of links they could find to it. This worked well before they told people what they were doing. Once getting a page ranked by Google became important, unscrupulous people set up dummy sites (“link-farms”) with lots of links pointing at their pages.
adversarial-classification  classification  surveillance  nsa  gchq  cory-doctorow  privacy  snooping  goodharts-law  google  anti-spam  filtering  spying  snowden 
february 2016 by jm
India lifts porn ban after widespread outrage - BBC News
After a brief couple of days.
News of the ban caused a furore on Indian social media, with several senior politicians and members of civil society expressing their opposition to the move. The Indian government said that it was merely complying with the Supreme Court order and was committed to the freedom of communication on the Internet. "I reject with contempt the charge that it is a Talibani government, as being said by some of the critics. Our government supports free media, respects communication on social media and has respected freedom of communication always," Mr Prasad told PTI.
india  porn  filtering  isps  internet  web  child-porn  censorship 
august 2015 by jm
Crowdsourcing isn’t broken — Backchannel — Medium
'A great compendium by @harper of techniques for handling trolls and griefers in online communities', via kragen
via:kragen  antispam  filtering  trolls  community  crowdsourcing  threadless  harper  griefers  abuse  tips 
february 2015 by jm
How to Catch a Terrorist - The New Yorker
This is spot on --
By flooding the system with false positives, big-data approaches to counterterrorism might actually make it harder to identify real terrorists before they act. Two years before the Boston Marathon bombing, Tamerlan Tsarnaev, the older of the two brothers alleged to have committed the attack, was assessed by the city’s Joint Terrorism Task Force. They determined that he was not a threat. This was one of about a thousand assessments that the Boston J.T.T.F. conducted that year, a number that had nearly doubled in the previous two years, according to the Boston F.B.I. As of 2013, the Justice Department has trained nearly three hundred thousand law-enforcement officers in how to file “suspicious-activity reports.” In 2010, a central database held about three thousand of these reports; by 2012 it had grown to almost twenty-eight thousand. “The bigger haystack makes it harder to find the needle,” Sensenbrenner told me. Thomas Drake, a former N.S.A. executive and whistle-blower who has become one of the agency’s most vocal critics, told me, “If you target everything, there’s no target.”
terrorism  false-positives  filtering  detection  jttf  nsa  fbi  surveillance  gchq 
january 2015 by jm
Schneier on Security: Why Data Mining Won't Stop Terror
A good reference URL to cut-and-paste when "scanning internet traffic for terrorist plots" rears its head:
This unrealistically accurate system will generate 1 billion false alarms for every real terrorist plot it uncovers. Every day of every year, the police will have to investigate 27 million potential plots in order to find the one real terrorist plot per month. Raise that false-positive accuracy to an absurd 99.9999 percent and you're still chasing 2,750 false alarms per day -- but that will inevitably raise your false negatives, and you're going to miss some of those 10 real plots.


Also, Ben Goldacre saying the same thing: http://www.badscience.net/2009/02/datamining-would-be-lovely-if-it-worked/
internet  scanning  filtering  specificity  statistics  data-mining  terrorism  law  nsa  gchq  false-positives  false-negatives 
january 2015 by jm
The Laborers Who Keep Dick Pics and Beheadings Out of Your Facebook Feed | WIRED
“Everybody hits the wall, generally between three and five months,” says a former YouTube content moderator I’ll call Rob. “You just think, ‘Holy shit, what am I spending my day doing? This is awful.’”
facebook  wired  beheadings  moderation  nsfw  google  youtube  social-media  filtering  porn  abuse 
october 2014 by jm
How did Twitter become the hate speech wing of the free speech party?
Kevin Marks has a pretty good point here:
Your tweet could win the fame lottery, and everyone on the Internet who thinks you are wrong could tell you about it. Or one of the "verified" could call you out to be the tribute for your community and fight in their Hunger Games.

Say something about feminism, or race, or sea lions and you'd find yourself inundated by the same trite responses from multitudes. Complain about it, and they turn nasty, abusing you, calling in their friends to join in. Your phone becomes useless under the weight of notifications; you can't see your friends support amongst the flood.

The limited tools available - blocking, muting, going private - do not match well with these floods. Twitter's abuse reporting form takes far longer than a tweet, and is explicitly ignored if friends try to help.
harassment  twitter  4chan  abuse  feminism  hate-speech  gamergate  sea-lions  filtering  social-media  kevin-marks 
october 2014 by jm
'The very first release of Gmail simply used spamassassin on the backend'
Excellent. Confirming what I'd heard from a few other sources, too ;)

This is a well-written history of the anti-spam war so far, from Mike Hearn, writing with the Google/Gmail point of view:

Brief note about my background, to establish credentials: I worked at
Google for about 7.5 years. For about 4.5 of those I worked on the Gmail
abuse team, which is very tightly linked with the spam team (they use the
same software, share the same on-call rotations etc).


Reading this kind of stuff is awesome for me, since it's a nice picture of a fun problem to work on -- the Gmail team took the right ideas about how to fight spam, and scaled them up to the 10s-of-millions DAU mark. Nicely done.

The second half is some interesting musings on end-to-end encrypted communications and how it would deal with spam. Worth a read...
gmail  google  spam  anti-spam  filtering  spamassassin  history 
september 2014 by jm
#BPjMleak
'Leak of the secret German Internet Censorship URL blacklist BPjM-Modul'.

Turns out there's a blocklist of adult-only or prohibited domains issued by a German government department, The Federal Department for Media Harmful to Young Persons (German: "Bundesprüfstelle für jugendgefährdende Medien" or BPjM), issued in the form of a list of hashes of those domains. These were extracted from an AVM router, then the hashes were brute forced using several other plaintext URL blocklists and domain lists.

Needless to say, there's an assortment of silly false positives, such as the listing of the website for the 1997 3D Realms game "Shadow Warrior": http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Shadow_Warrior
hashes  reversing  reverse-engineering  germany  german  bpjm  filtering  blocklists  blacklists  avm  domains  censorship  fps 
july 2014 by jm
Report of the Internet Content Governance Advisory Group
looking at the summary, looks broadly sensible; no government-mandated filtering/blocking I can spot quickly
internet  filtering  safety  kids  porn  blocking  ireland  pegi  ratings  reports  pdf 
june 2014 by jm
DNS results now being manipulated in Turkey
Deep-packet inspection and rewriting on DNS packets for Google and OpenDNS servers. VPNs and DNSSEC up next!
turkey  twitter  dpi  dns  opendns  google  networking  filtering  surveillance  proxying  packets  udp 
march 2014 by jm
Tor Bridge Relays
The next step in the Turkish twitter-block arms race.
Bridge relays (or "bridges" for short) are Tor relays that aren't listed in the main Tor directory. Since there is no complete public list of them, even if your ISP is filtering connections to all the known Tor relays, they probably won't be able to block all the bridges. If you suspect your access to the Tor network is being blocked, you may want to use the bridge feature of Tor. The addition of bridges to Tor is a step forward in the blocking resistance race. It is perfectly possible that even if your ISP filters the Internet, you do not require a bridge to use Tor. So you should try to use Tor without bridges first, since it might work.
tor  privacy  turkey  bridging  networking  tor-bridges  twitter  filtering  blocking  censorship 
march 2014 by jm
Traffic Graph – Google Transparency Report
this is cool. Google are exposing an aggregated 'all services' hit count time-series graph, broken down by country, as part of their Transparency Report pages
transparency  filtering  web  google  http  graphs  monitoring  syria 
february 2014 by jm
Survey results of EU teens using the internet
A lot of unsupervised use:
Just under half of children said they access the internet from their own bedroom on a daily basis with 22pc saying they do so several times a day.
surveys  eu  ireland  politics  filtering  internet  social-media  facebook  children  teens  cyber-bullying 
february 2014 by jm
Sky parental controls break many JQuery-using websites
An 11 hour outage caused by a false positive in Sky's anti-phishing filter; all sites using the code.jquery.com CDN for JQuery would have seen errors.
Sky still appears to be blocking code.jquery.com and all files served via the site, and more worryingly is that if you try to report the incorrect category, once signing in on the Sky website you an error page. We suspect the site was blocked due to being linked to by a properly malicious website, i.e. code.jquery.com and some javascript files were being used on a dodgy website and every domain mentioned was subsequently added to a block list.


(via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  sky  filtering  internet  uk  anti-phishing  phish  jquery  javascript  http  web  fps  false-positives 
january 2014 by jm
UK porn filter blocks game update that contained 'sex' in URL
Staggeringly inept. The UK national porn filter blocks based on a regexp match of the URL against /.*sex.*/i -- the good old "Scunthorpe problem". Better, it returns a 404 response. This is also a good demonstration of how web filtering has unintended side effects, breaking third-party software updates with its false positives.
The update to online strategy game League of Legends was disrupted by the internet filter because the software attempted to access files that accidentally include the word “sex” in the middle of their file names. The block resulted in the update failing with “file not found” errors, which are usually created by missing files or broken updates on the part of the developers.
uk  porn  filtering  guardian  regular-expressions  false-positives  scunthorpe  http  web  league-of-legends  sex 
january 2014 by jm
Internet Censors Came For TorrentFreak & Now I’m Really Mad
TF are not happy about Sky blocking their blog.
There can be little doubt that little by little, piece by piece, big corporations and governments are taking chunks out of the free Internet. Today they pretend that the control is in the hands of the people, but along the way they are prepared to mislead and misdirect, even when their errors are pointed out to them. I’m calling on Sky, Symantec, McAfee and other ISPs about to employ filtering to categorize this site correctly as a news site or blog and to please start listening to people’s legitimate complaints about other innocent sites. It serves nobody’s interests to wrongfully block legitimate information.
censorship  isps  uk  sky  torrentfreak  piracy  copyright  filtering  blocking  symantec  filesharing 
january 2014 by jm
Irish Internet Providers Roll Out KickassTorrents Blockade
The lucrative whack-a-mole business continues -- mostly in response to High Court actions, although Eircom are just helping out. I bet a google for "kickass proxy" doesn't return anything useful at all, of course....
kat  kickasstorrents  bittorrent  piracy  copyright  high-court  ireland  eircom  filtering  blocking 
january 2014 by jm
Nominet now filtering .uk domain registrations for 'sex-crime content'
Amazing. Massive nanny-stateism of the 'something must be done' variety, with a 100% false-alarm hit rate, and it's now policy.
'Nominet have made a decision, based on a report by Lord Macdonald QC, that recommends that they check any domain registration that signals sex crime content or is in itself a sex crime. This is screening of domains within 48 hours of registration, and de-registration. The report says that such domains should be reported to the police.' [....]

'The report itself states [...] that in 2013 Nominet checked domains for key words used by the IWF, and as a result reported tens of thousands of domains to IWF for checking, all of which were false positives. Not one was, in fact, related to child sex abuse.'
filtering  nominet  false-positives  nanny-state  uk  sex-crimes  false-alarms  domains  iwf 
january 2014 by jm
Content filtering by UK ISPs
An exhaustive list from the UK's Open Rights Group
filtering  uk  isps  org  porn  blocklists  internet 
december 2013 by jm
MP Claire Perry tells UK that worrying about filter overblocking is a "load of cock"
the bottom line appears to be "think of the children" -- in other words, any degree of overblocking is acceptable as long as children cannot access porn:

The debate and letter confuse legal, illegal and potentially harmful content, all of which require very different tactics to deal with. Without a greater commitment to evidence and rational debate, poor policy outcomes will be the likely result. There's a pattern, much the same as the Digital Economy Act, or the Snooper's Charter. Start with moral panic; dismiss evidence; legislate; and finally, watch the policy unravel, either delivering unintended harms, even to children in this case, or simply failing altogether.


See https://www.openrightsgroup.org/blog/2013/talktalk-wordpress for a well-written exploration of a case of overblocking and its fallout. Talk Talk, one UK ISP, has filters which incorrectly dealt with IWF data and blocked WordPress.com's admin interface, resulting in all blogs there become unusable for their owners for over a week, with seemingly nobody able to diagnose and fix the problem competently.
filtering  overblocking  uk  politics  think-of-the-children  porn  cam  claire-perry  open-rights-group  false-positives  talk-talk  networking  internet  wordpress 
december 2013 by jm
Same Old Stories From Sean Sherlock
Sherlock’s record is spotty at best when it comes to engagement. Setting aside the 80,680 people who were ignored by the minister, he was hostile and counter productive to debate from the beginning, going so far as to threaten to pull out of a public debate because a campaigner against the ['Irish SOPA'] SI would be in attendance. His habit of blocking people online who publicly ask him tough yet legitimate questions has earned him the nickname “Sherblock”.
sean-sherlock  sherblock  labour  ireland  politics  blocking  filtering  internet  freedom  copyright  emi  music  law  piracy  debate  twitter 
december 2013 by jm
Who Is Watching the Watch Lists? - NYTimes.com
it might seem that current efforts to identify and track potential terrorists would be approached with caution. Yet the federal government’s main terrorist watch list has grown to at least 700,000 people, with little scrutiny over how the determinations are made or the impact on those marked with the terrorist label.
“If you’ve done the paperwork correctly, then you can effectively enter someone onto the watch list,” said Anya Bernstein, an associate professor at the SUNY Buffalo Law School and author of “The Hidden Costs of Terrorist Watch Lists,” published by the Buffalo Law Review in May. “There’s no indication that agencies undertake any kind of regular retrospective review to assess how good they are at predicting the conduct they’re targeting.”

terrorism  watchlists  blacklists  filtering  safety  air-travel  government  security  dhs  travel 
december 2013 by jm
Massive Overblocking Hits Hundreds Of UK Sites | Techdirt
Customers of UK ISPs Virgin Media and Be Broadband found they were unable to access hundreds of sites, including the Radio Times and Zooniverse, due to a secret website-blocking court order from the Premier League. PC Pro believe that 3 other ISPs' customers were also affected.

According to customers reverse-engineering, it looks like the court order incorrectly demanded the blocking of "http-redirection-a.dnsmadeeasy.com", a HTTP redirector operated by the DNS operator DNSMadeEasy.
The fact that the court could issue an order which didn’t see this coming and that the ISPs would act on it without checking that what they were doing was sensible is, in my opinion, extremely worrying.
overblocking  censorship  org  uk  sky  be-broadband  virgin-media  dnsmadeeasy  filtering  premier-league  false-positives  isps 
august 2013 by jm
Filters 'not a silver bullet' that will stop perverts, warns Interpol chief - Independent.ie
Sunday Independent interview with Interpol assistant director Mick Moran:
Moran spoke out after child welfare organisations here called on the Government to follow the UK's example by placing anti-pornography filters on Irish home broadband connections. The Irish Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Children argued that pornography was damaging to young children and should be removed from their line of sight.

But Moran warned this would only lull parents into a false sense of security. "If we imagine the access people had to porn in the past – that access is now complete and total. They have access to the most horrific material out there. We now need to focus on parental responsibility about how kids are using the internet."
mick-moran  cam  interpol  policing  ispcc  filtering  parenting  children  broadband 
august 2013 by jm
Python Infrastructure Status - SSL Verification Errors on PyPI
There appears to be a problem affecting a number of users where SSL verification errors will be shown saying "pypi.python.org" does not match "addvocate.com". As Best we can tell this appears to be related to the ISP. It seems to be affecting folks using O2 or O2 related companies. We've also reports of it affecting people using Free.

Cause appears to be one of the IP addresses returned in the Geo DNS for Europe returning a certificate for addvocate.com. It's not clear at this time *why* that IP address is returning a certificate for addvocate.com.

Turned out to be a routing loop in the fast.ly London POP (via Mick Twomey)
via:micktwomey  o2  censorship  filtering  internet  ssl  tls  pypi  python  geodns  pki 
july 2013 by jm
Setting up FamilyShield
OpenDNS's simple DNS-based blocking of dodgy content. Will need to set this up on the home router now that the kids are surfing...
opendns  dns  blocking  filtering  home  porn  familyshield 
july 2013 by jm
ISPAI Responds to Porn Filtering Debacle
Quite a strong statement:
The issue of access to age-inappropriate content is not a new matter and it is important not to have “knee-jerk” reactions which don’t solve the perceived problem and have major implications for the public’s right to access information in general. Notably the European Commission, as stated by vice-president Nellie Kroes [jm: sic], has come out strongly against blocking of the Internet, seeing it as an important platform for freedom of speech and she intends to “guarantee access without restriction.”  We in Ireland would do well to consider carefully the impact that any rash adoption or attempted copying of UK measures might have here in the light of current and future EU legislation and policy.
ispai  filtering  overblocking  david-cameron  porn  internet  ireland  politics  blocking  web  uk 
july 2013 by jm
BBC News - Chinese firm Huawei controls net filter praised by PM
Talk Talk's porn-filtering, system praised by David Cameron in the UK as a model for porn filtering for the country's ISPs, is operated by Huawei. Of course, there's no possible problems with allowing Huawei, with its alleged close ties to the Chinese government, operate a state-wide internet censorship system in the UK without any functioning oversight, right? ;)

Also worth noting: all TalkTalk traffic passes through the Huawei filtering infrastructure, even when the customer has "opted in".
huawei  talk-talk  oversight  overblocking  politics  china  uk  david-cameron  filtering  censorship 
july 2013 by jm
Irish Comms Minister Pat Rabbitte ignores calls for State role in blocking online porn
Good call.
Mr Rabbitte says that legal concerns attached to mandatory filters, as well as a fear of imposing censorship, have persuaded him against trying to force ISPs to impose mandatory pornography-blocking internet filters. "I remain to be convinced that blanket censorship or a default-on blocker is the correct or workable response," he said. "Even if it were possible to ensure that such measures were not easily circumvented or didn't inadvertently block perfectly acceptable content, the principled question of whether the State should be encouraging service providers to filter or block content to all users, regardless of whether there are children resident, would still arise."
pat-rabbitte  internet  filtering  censorship  blocking  porn  overblocking  default-on  isps  ireland 
july 2013 by jm
3D-Printer Manufacturer Creates Software Filter To Prevent Firearm Printing
'[Create It REAL], which sells 3D printer component parts and software, recently announced that it has come up with a firearm component detection algorithm that will give 3D printers the option to block any gun parts. The software compares each component a user is trying to print with a database of potential firearms parts, and shuts down the modeling software if it senses the user is trying to make a gun.'
blocklists  filtering  guns  weapons  3d-printing  future  firearms 
july 2013 by jm
UK Internet censorship plan no less stupid than it was last year - Boing Boing
Cory Doctorow's long list of articles describing how the UK's censorware-for-all plan is going to fail. I like this bit:
When we argued our case to the vendor's representative, he was categorical: any nudity, anywhere on [Boing Boing], makes it into a "nudity site" for the purposes of blocking. The vendor went so far as to state that a single image of Michelangelo's David, on one page among hundreds of thousands on a site, would be sufficient grounds for a nudity classification. I suspect that none of the censorship advocates in the Lords understand that the offshore commercial operators they're proposing to put in charge of the nation's information access apply this kind of homeopathic standard to objectionable material.


I guess this means the Daily Mail will be similarly classified as containing "nudity" and blocked, given their smut column on every page?
daily-mail  fail  censorship  censorware  boing-boing  michelangelo  sculpture  nudity  uk  politics  filtering  overblocking  web  internet 
july 2013 by jm
Porn to be Blocked in the UK – “What’s new?” Say Pirate Bay Users | TorrentFreak
It seems likely that the ISPs will implement a system similar to the one currently being used by TalkTalk, as the prime minister will specifically single the ISP out for praise in his speech. TalkTalk’s HomeSafe is a system which filters out URLs based on a remote blocklist provided and maintained by…. well, no one quite knows. This is worrying since when things don’t go quite to plan there’s no one to complain to.

As previously reported, when TalkTalk customers are asked whether they want to block file-sharing sites, TorrentFreak.com is rendered inaccessible. Despite our pleas and complaints that we are a news resource, the company said it would not remove us from their blocklist. We doubt we’re the only ones being silenced.
talktalk  blocking  uk  isps  torrentfreak  politics  filtering  david-cameron  porn  overblocking 
july 2013 by jm
How The Copyright Industry Pushed For Internet Surveillance | TorrentFreak
Rick Falkvinge with a good point:
The reason for the copyright industry to push for surveillance is simple: any digital communications channel can be used for private conversation, but it can also be used to share culture and knowledge that is under copyright monopoly. In order to tell which communications is which, you must sort all of it – and to do that, you must look at all of it. In other words, if enforcing the copyright monopoly is your priority, you need to kill privacy, and specifically anonymity and secrecy of correspondence.


This was exactly my biggest worry -- a side-effect of effective copyright filtering is the creation of infrastructure for online oppression by the state.
copyright  privacy  state  data-protection  rick-falkvinge  copyfight  internet  filtering  surveillance  anonymity 
july 2013 by jm
Persuading David Simon (Pinboard Blog)
Maciej Ceglowski with a strongly-argued rebuttal of David Simon's post about the NSA's PRISM. This point in particular is key:
The point is, you don't need human investigators to find leads, you can have the algorithms do it [based on the call graph or network of who-calls-who]. They will find people of interest, assemble the watch lists, and flag whomever you like for further tracking. And since the number of actual terrorists is very, very, very small, the output of these algorithms will consist overwhelmingly of false positives.
false-positives  maciej  privacy  security  nsa  prism  david-simon  accuracy  big-data  filtering  anti-spam 
june 2013 by jm
UK ISPs Secretly Start Blocking Torrent Site Proxies | TorrentFreak
The next step of cat-and-mouse. Let's see what the pirate sites do next...
The blocking orders are intended to deter online piracy and were requested by the music industry group BPI on behalf of a variety of major labels. Thus far they’ve managed to block access to The Pirate Bay, Kat.ph, H33T and Fenopy, and preparations are being made to add many others.

The effectiveness of these initial measures has been called into doubt, as they are relatively easy to bypass. For example, in response to the blockades hundreds of proxy sites popped up, allowing subscribers to reach the prohibited sites via a detour.
However, as of this week these proxies are also covered by the same blocklist they aim to circumvent, without a new court ruling.

The High Court orders give music industry group BPI the authority to add sites to the blocklist without oversight. Until now some small changes have been made, mostly in response to The Pirate Bay’s domain hopping endeavors, but with the latest blocklist update a whole new range of websites is being targeted.
bittorrent  blocking  filesharing  copyright  bpi  piracy  pirate-bay  proxies  fenopy  kat.ph  h33t  filtering  uk 
june 2013 by jm
Music firms secure orders blocking access to Pirate Bay - Crime & Law News from Ireland & Abroad | The Irish Times - Wed, Jun 12, 2013
Four major music companies have secured court orders requiring six internet service providers to block access by subscribers to various Pirate Bay websites within some 30 days in a bid to prevent illegal downloading of copyright music and other material. [...]

Today, Mr Justice Brian McGovern said he was satisfied to make the order in circumstances including that new copyright laws here and in the EU permitted such orders to be made. He said he fully agreed with a previous High Court judge who had said he would make such blocking orders if the law permitted and noted the law now allowed for such orders. The form of the orders means the music companies will not have to make fresh applications to court if Pirate Bay changes its location on the internet.
pirate-bay  blocking  filtering  internet  ireland  upc  eircom  vodafone  digiweb  three  imagine  o2  copyright 
june 2013 by jm
Interpol filter scope creep: ASIC ordering unilateral website blocks
Bloody hell. This is stupidity of the highest order, and a canonical example of "filter creep" by a government -- secret state censorship of 1200 websites due to a single investment scam site.

The Federal Government has confirmed its financial regulator has started requiring Australian Internet service providers to block websites suspected of providing fraudulent financial opportunities, in a move which appears to also open the door for other government agencies to unilaterally block sites they deem questionable in their own portfolios.

The instrument through which the ISPs are blocking the Interpol list of sites is Section 313 of the Telecommunications Act. Under the Act, the Australian Federal Police is allowed to issue notices to telcos asking for reasonable assistance in upholding the law. [...] Tonight Senator Conroy’s office revealed that the incident that resulted in Melbourne Free University and more than a thousand other sites being blocked originated from a different source — financial regulator the Australian Securities and Investment Commission.

On 22 March this year, ASIC issued a media release warning consumers about the activities of a cold-calling investment scam using the name ‘Global Capital Wealth’, which ASIC said was operating several fraudulent websites — www.globalcapitalwealth.com and www.globalcapitalaustralia.com. In its release on that date, ASIC stated: “ASIC has already blocked access to these websites.”
scams  australia  filtering  filter-creep  false-positives  isps  asic  fraud  secrecy 
may 2013 by jm
Did Conroy’s AFP filter wrongly block 1,200 sites?
Looks like many Aussie network operators were legally required to block 1,200 websites (presumably, one target and 1199 false positives), in secret.

Quoting http://lists.ausnog.net/pipermail/ausnog/2013-April/017993.html : "You get a notice to
block. You block or either get fined, go to jail or lose your carrier
licence. It is a blunt instrument and it is a condition of being at 'the
big boys table' i.e. you're a carrier or a carriage service provider."
australia  law  afp  filtering  internet  blocking  censorship  secret  eff 
may 2013 by jm
A Closer Look: Email-Based Malware Attacks
'The average detection rate for these samples was 24.47 percent, while the median detection rate was just 19 percent.' That is *atrocious*. (via Tony Finch)
via:fanf  fail  malware  filtering  av  smtp  email  viruses 
june 2012 by jm
The Hydra Bay
"How to set up a Pirate Bay proxy". Step-by-step instructions for MacOS and Linux on how to run a fully-functional reverse proxy for The Pirate Bay -- in other words, provide a duplicate URL for users to circumvent ISP blocks of TPB. http://about.piratereverse.info/proxy/list.html contains about a hundred others. See also http://unblockedpiratebay.com/ for a standalone PHP script which does the same (albeit a little less efficiently).

A good demonstration of how futile filtering techniques like IP or domain name blocks are, when applied to a popular website like TPB.
piratebay  filtering  censorship  copyright  php  proxies  reverse-proxies  ip-blocking  dns-blocking 
june 2012 by jm
Issue of web access raises hackles at conference - The Irish Times - Tue, Jun 19, 2012
'Prof Michael O’Flaherty, the vice-chairman of the UN Human Rights Committee, told the Organisation for Security and Co-operation in Europe (OSCE) conference on internet freedom that the rights of copyright holders to make a living had to be balanced with the right to freedom of expression.' 'THE PUNISHMENT for breakers of the “three strikes” illegal download rule was “exceptionally disproportionate” [...] The internet was a vehicle for a wide range of human rights so excluding someone from it was an “extraordinary penalty”.'
osce  coverage  unhrc  conferences  dublin  copyright  freedom  internet  censorship  filtering 
june 2012 by jm
Danish Police Censor Google, Facebook and 8,000 Other Sites by Accident | TorrentFreak
'Lundberg said that his organization was sorry for the mistake and has now adopted a new system whereby blocked sites have to now be approved by two employees instead of one, although why that was not the case already for such a serious process is up for debate. The other question is how at the flick of a switch do 8,000 sites suddenly get added to a blacklist – for whatever reason – without any kind of oversight. Denmark’s IT-Political Association is critical and has called for ISPs to cease cooperation with the voluntary scheme which operates without any kind of judicial review. “Today’s story shows that the police are not able to secure against manual errors that could escalate into something that actually works as a ‘kill switch’ for the Internet,” the group said in a statement.'
censorship  denmark  internet  filtering  review  google  facebook  blocking 
march 2012 by jm
Adrian Weckler confims that "Ireland's SOPA" will be vague and open-ended
'The clear implication from [Adrian's] interview with Sean Sherlock is that the proposed measures will be lacking in any real detail, leaving it entirely up to the judges as to what types of blocking might emerge. (Possibly going beyond web blocking to also target hosting and other services.) This ambiguity -- as well as jeopardising fundamental rights -- will create intolerable uncertainty for businesses such as Google who might find themselves at risk of business threatening and unpredictable injunctions and will certainly deter others from setting up in Ireland.' -- this is much, much worse than I thought, particularly given the level of technical knowledge among Ireland's judges (if Mr. Justice Charleton's performance in EMI v. UPC is anything to go by).
sopa  ireland  law  filesharing  piracy  internet  filtering  blocking 
january 2012 by jm
Punching through The Great Firewall of T-Mobile
well, this is bizarre -- it seems T-Mobile UK are blocking encrypted email submission and OpenVPN traffic in their mobile internet access products. Why? Who knows -- but at least filtering RST packets evades the block, as in the Great Firewall of China
china  filtering  rst  internet  iptables  t-mobile  uk  payg  mobile-internet 
january 2012 by jm
LINX Public Affairs » Scarlet wins in European Court
'The Court judgement therefore goes well beyond saying what a court may decide, by means of an injunction: it also sets out the limits of Member States’ powers to legislate to draft ISPs as copyright police. It will be a crucial precedent in future arguments about the Digital Economy Act, in the UK, HADOPI in France, various blocking requirements in Italy, and numerous other schemes across the EU. As victories for ISPs in the copyright wars go, this one was comprehensive. It will be seen as a landmark ruling for years to come.' woot
linx  scarlet  isps  hadopi  eu  privacy  filtering  copyright  irma  filesharing 
november 2011 by jm
feedback loop n-gram analyzer
'a simple parser of ARF compliant FBL complaints, which normalizes the email complaints and generates a 6-tuple n-gram version of the message. These n-grams are stored in a Redis database, keyed by the file in which they can be found. An inverse index also exists that allow you to find all messages containing a particular n-gram word.'
anti-spam  spam  fbl  feedback  filtering  n-grams  similarity  hashing  redis  searching 
september 2011 by jm
Online censorship now bordering on the ridiculous in Turkey - Reporters Without Borders
'access to websites containing words on the list would in theory be suspended and it would be impossible to create new ones containing them. However, it is not clear how and to what extent the directive will be implemented in practice. The TIB could decide to suppress or block pages for just one blacklisted word. ... The list, which borders on the ridiculous, includes words such as “etek” (skirt), “baldiz” (sister-in-law) and “hayvan” (animals). It poses serious problems for access to online information. If words such as “free” and “pic” are censored, countless references to freedom and everyday photos will be eliminated from the Turkish Internet.' Incredible (via Danny)
via:mala  repression  internet  turkey  censorship  filtering  false-positives 
april 2011 by jm
Virgin and NTL filtering fail
'Virgin and NTL [in the UK] blocked [del.icio.us] for years' due to a false positive -- joshua
del.icio.us  false-positives  filtering  uk  isps  virgin  ntl  fail  via:hackernews  from delicious
april 2011 by jm
Daragh O'Brien on the Gardai's plans to force ISPs to implement IP filtering
'Internet blocking is ineffective. The current proposal lacks sufficient checks and balances, and may even require ISPs and telcos to break other laws to comply. It will inevitably result in innocents being tarred as offenders. Data Protection principles (such as “Adequate, Relevant, and Not Excessive” are being blatantly ignored to implement an ineffective solution. Far better is to shut down the shop by removing the images at source and invest time, energy, and resources into a more transparent effort to manage this issue.' well said
internet  filtering  censorship  blocking  gardai  isps  ireland  data-protection  privacy  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Digital Rights Ireland » Garda plans to introduce web blocking in Ireland
'Last year we revealed that the Department of Justice was working on secret plans to introduce internet filtering in Ireland. Now, despite a complete lack of any legislation, public consultation or democratic discussion, these plans have moved to the implementation stage.' wtf, this is just appalling lack of oversight
gardai  blocking  filtering  ireland  politics  legislation  oversight  isps  ispai  alto  censorship  eff  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
#O2Fail – What You Need To Know About Mobile Phone Content Control
'Because it’s easy for a kid to find a site that isn’t blocked – or to “borrow” mum or dad’s credit card – it’s of no serious concern to the intrepid kid. It does suck if they want to find out how not to get AIDS though. So, we’re stuck with a situation that’s expensive for MNOs, embarrassing and annoying for consenting adults, and trivial for a child to bypass.'
o2fail  o2  uk  politics  filtering  censorship  porn  the-sun  page-3  mobile  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
O2's page on their new "block 18+ content on mobile internet" policy
O2 UK have just instituted a mandatory block for all "18+" content, which is only removed once the customer pays a UKP1 fee via credit card (which is immediately refunded). Twitter is *full* of angry UK O2 users right now
o2  uk  content  credit-cards  filtering  censorship  adult  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
TechWire: Don't do it, Enda and Eamon
Adrian Weckler with a plea for the incoming govt regarding the attempt to rush through '3 Strikes' by the outgoing one: 'Such a law will have absolutely no effect on the practice of illegal filesharing. None. Zero. It hasn't worked in France. It hasn't worked in Britain. And it certainly won't work in Ireland. On the other hand, it may well send a signal to huge, jobs-creating digital IT companies that Ireland is a place that tries to legislate away personal digital freedoms.'
3-strikes  ireland  adrian-weckler  politics  filesharing  piracy  filtering  internet  freedom  from delicious
march 2011 by jm
Internet Content Blocking: a primer [presentation]
from Malcolm Hutty, Head of Public Affairs at LINX (UK ISP organisation). insightful and a good summary of the state of the art in ISP-hosted filtering/blocking solutions.  The final few slides are especially useful
presentations  via:tjmcintyre  content-blocking  filtering  linx  malcolm-hutty  isps  blocking  blocklists  internet  privacy  from delicious
february 2011 by jm
Independent Media Sites in Belarus Reportedly Hijacked During Election, SSL Blocked
duplicate (fake) news sites created, possibly to put out fake stories; also interesting that international HTTPS was blocked.
election  belarus  netfreedom  via:malaclyps  eff  filtering  censorship  from delicious
december 2010 by jm
Is The UPC Decision A Victory? - Michele Neylon
Michele quotes Mr Justice Charleton's judgement: 'It is not surprising that the legislative response laid down in our country in the Copyright and Related Rights Act 2000, at a time when this problem was not perceived to be as threatening to the creative and retail economy as it has become in 2010, has made no proper provision for the blocking, diverting or interrupting of internet communications intent on breaching copyright. In failing to provide legislative provisions for blocking, diverting and interrupting internet copyright theft, Ireland is not yet fully in compliance with its obligations under European law.' Blocking, diverting and interrupting IP traffic? _wonderful_
wtf  ireland  law  upc  irma  filtering  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
Changes at dnswl.org
DNSWL will charge for subscriptions to "heavy" users and anti-spam vendors
dnswl  dns  whitelists  dnsbls  filtering  anti-spam  from delicious
october 2010 by jm
http://www.2600.com/googleblacklist/
extensive. the NSFW words that Google Instant won't search for (via Waxy)
nsfw  censorship  filtering  google  keywords  search  blacklist  google-instant  from delicious
september 2010 by jm
_Fast Cache for Your Text: Accelerating Exact Pattern Matching with Feed-Forward Bloom Filters_ [PDF]
intriguing application of a Bloom Filter optimised for modern CPUs (2-level, with a cache-partitioned first level), providing massive speedups vs GNU grep or trie-based approaches like Aho-Corasick -- or possibly re2c, as used in "sa-compile". On the other hand, a perl implementation of Rabin-Karp, which is similar, didn't perform as well. Still, may be worth investigating
bloom-filters  grep  filtering  spamassassin  sa-compile  text-matching  caches  aho-corasick  from delicious
september 2010 by jm
John Graham-Cumming: Shut up and ship
on "Haystack", a vaporous censorship-evading product aimed at Iran's internet surveillance, which as of yet is a site soliciting donations and a lot of press, and not a lot of techie details
haystack  privacy  censorship  filtering  surveillance  jgc  crypto  open-source  from delicious
august 2010 by jm
Draft Functional Spec of Hadopi "securisation" software
Crazy suggestions leaked from the French anti-piracy authority. Mandatory host-based and router-based anti-piracy software and firmware with blocklists of suspect keywords, suspicious applications, TCP ports, protocols; detect suspicious apps installed; detect use of open wifi; detect use of anti-filtering/anti-blocking "workarounds" (ie. VPNs and Tor). Log all this to a dual journal, one of which will be encrypted using key escrow (presumably for use in prosecutions), retaining data for a year. Basically, a mandatory snooping infrastructure. Where would this leave Macs and Linux for French users?
hadopi  piracy  filtering  snooping  big-brother  1984  via:adulau  vpn  tor  blocklists  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
O2.ie blocking popular image-hosting sites imgur.com, imageshack.com
apparently the IWF blocklist now lists them, in a typically overzealous false-positive-prone move, and O2 intercept and block IWF-listed URLs
iwf  fail  blocking  filtering  o2  ireland  imgur  imageshack  censorship  fps  from delicious
july 2010 by jm
Hadoop and the fight against shape-shifting spam
Yahoo! anti-spam engineers talk about their extensive use of Hadoop and scale
hadoop  yahoo  anti-spam  filtering  from delicious
june 2010 by jm
"Child pornography is great", according to one EU music-business lobbyist
it's the perfect 'gateway' to allow anti-filesharing filtering of the internet. 'Start with child porn, which everybody agrees is revolting, and find some politicians who want to appear like they are doing something. Never mind that the blocking as such is ridiculously easy to circumvent in less than 10 seconds. The purpose at this stage is only to get the politicians and the general public to accept the principle that censorship in the form of ”filters” is okay. Once that principle has been established, it is easy to extend it to other areas, such as illegal file sharing. And once censorship of the Internet has been accepted in principle, they can start looking at ways to make it more technically difficult to circumvent.' Via TJ McIntyre
via:tjmcintyre  ifpi  filesharing  child-porn  filtering  internet  johan-schluter  anti-piracy-group  sweden  denmark  eu  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Digital Rights Ireland blog post on the secret internet-filtering plans
'it becomes clear that for some time now the Department of Justice has been proposing the introduction of internet blocking in Ireland – and has been doing this under the radar, without any public consultation or legislative approval. Indeed, it is clear from the list that the Department is not planning on introducing legislation but instead intends to introduce this new form of censorship without any legal basis, based on the now discredited Norwegian and Danish models.' This is very bad news indeed
ireland  censorship  filtering  internet  great-firewall  dri  politics  freedom  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Putting up barriers to a free and open internet - The Irish Times
Ireland's Dept of Justice is investigating setting up a "Great Firewall" filtering the country's internet, a la China and Australia. “Blocking involves censorship taken on no legal basis. There is no judge, no jury and no right to be heard if you are blocked,” says [DRI's TJ] McIntyre. “The chances are it also will be used in unaccountable ways by unaccountable organisations.”
blocking  censorship  government  internet  ireland  dri  filtering  great-firewall  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
ClamAV and The Case of The Missing Mail - Return Path Blog
version 0.94.x got end-of-lifed a year after the release of .95, to fix a bug that would increase bandwidth consumption on their mirrors. To mandate upgrades, the devs sent a kill-switch trigger to .94 installations in the field. chaos ensues, unsurprisingly
clamav  filtering  mail  ouch  upgrades  end-of-life  support  open-source  sourcefire  return-path  from delicious
april 2010 by jm
Mobile Internet access data retention (not!)
so, it seems the wireless ISPs don't have sufficient IPv4 space for their customers, and are filtering access to the internet via NAT; unfortunate side effect is that this breaks data retention as defined in the UK. wonder if the same applies here?
uk  data-retention  privacy  nat  isps  wireless  mobile  phones  networking  internet  filtering  from delicious
january 2010 by jm
mnot’s Weblog: HTTP + Politics = ?
how the Great Firewall of Oz breaks so much more than the web browser
http  web  politics  australia  internet  proxies  filtering  from delicious
december 2009 by jm
Gmail now intercepting "mark as spam" and interpreting it using the List-Unsubscribe header
good call. but as one commenter notes: why isn't there an "unsubscribe from this list" button in the normal UI? now if I want to use this as a quick-unsub mechanism for mail I know is ham, I'm _forced_ to use "mark as spam" to get this shortcut, which doesn't make much sense
via:aliverson  gmail  google  spam  filtering  ui  mail  mailing-lists  unsubscribe 
july 2009 by jm

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