Fighting censorship with blockchain… and Minecraft – Decrypt

fighting censorship with blockchain… and minecraft – decrypt


Block-based sandbox game Minecraft is the last place prying government censors expect to find subversive content. Should a government block Minecraft, the most popular game in the world, the whole world would know in an instant. That’s why Reporters without Borders, the NGO that champions press freedom, created The Uncensored Library— an ornate archive of works from prominent censored journalists, hosted in Minecraft.Climb the stairs of the high-domed library, which sprawls inward from an island whose shores are open to anyone with an internet connection, and you’ll reach rooms packed with works from censored journalists. Jamal Khashoggi—a Saudi Arabian dissident who was assassinated in Turkey in 2018—and Yulia Berezovskaia, an exiled journalist who runs a banned website in Russia, fill some of the 200 books on offer. 

The Uncensored Library was designed by Reporters Without Borders in collaboration with BlockWorks, a London-based company that builds elaborate Minecraft worlds, alongside two media agencies. Comprising two million blocks, the library can be downloaded from BlockWorks’ website—and already it’s taken on a life of its own. “We already have cases of many other people hosting the library on their own server,”  James Delaney, founder of BlockWorks, told Decrypt. “ …



MPs grill Twitter and Facebook over Trump censorship issue – NS Tech

mps grill twitter and facebook over trump censorship issue – ns tech


UK MPs have joined the call for President Trump to be censored from social media platforms due to his incendiary tweets about the US anti-racism protests currently underway.
Despite the fact that the statement in question – where Trump deployed the historically racist phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” – has been widely broadcast by TV networks and newspapers across the world, MPs – who were grilling reps from Twitter and Facebook at the latest online harms parliamentary committee meeting yesterday – were concerned about the words being allowed to remain on Twitter and Facebook.
Following Labour MP Kevin Brennan’s spluttering incredulity over head of product policy and counterterrorism at Facebook Monika Bickert’s claim not to have seen the the New York Times letter penned by disgruntled Facebook employees, Bickert responded that the post had been allowed to remain up because it’s the platform’s policy to allow discussion of government use of force.
“We think if governments are talking about using force, people should be able to discuss that […] frequently, there could be a safety reason that people would want to know what governments are planning,” said Bickert.
Twitter – which allowed the tweet to remain up but amended …


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Europe’s Leading Reputation Management and Privacy Protection Firm Expands to North America

europe’s leading reputation management and privacy protection firm expands to north america


Personalized service offers free advice to US and Canadian individuals and businesses, leveraging over a decade of expertise in erasing malicious, erroneous, or unwanted information while enhancing positive reputations
BARCELONA, Spain, June 5, 2020 /PRNewswire/ — Eliminalia, dedicated to the ‘right to be forgotten’, and enabling fresh starts for people and businesses, is expanding across the Atlantic to establish a foothold in North America with an initial presence in Los Angeles and Chicago. Established in Spain in 2012, Eliminalia has helped thousands of people and businesses erase their past and repair their reputations, whether caused by erroneous information, mistaken identity, or malicious intent.
“Increasingly strict privacy laws have empowered us to go beyond traditional online reputation management to deliver a holistic reputation service,” says Dídac Sánchez, founder and President of Eliminalia. “Now, we are taking those learnings and bringing them to America.”
Eliminalia serves a broad range of businesses and individuals, including celebrities who appreciate their dedication to complete privacy, thanks to a team of technicians who uncover all negative information wherever it resides – blogs, review sites, social media, even state registers. Once uncovered, Eliminalia uses propriety tools to remove unwanted information from the internet, even taking any necessary legal action required to …


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Fan Privacy Is In The Spotlight As Stadiums Tackle Virus Prevention

fan privacy is in the spotlight as stadiums tackle virus prevention


The metal detectors every sports fan has become accustomed to at the gate might soon be accompanied by thermal body scanners as part of the gargantuan task of preventing the spread of the new coronavirus and other airborne diseases.And that might be just one thing the public will need to be comfortable with in order to bring games back for in-person viewing.Tickets have widely transitioned from paper souvenirs to smartphone screens, but how about using your face as your proof of purchase Nascent forms of crowd monitoring — like laser-driven density detection and camera-based calculations of line length — will likely grow faster in a post-pandemic era of live sports that must highlight hygiene.“The pandemic really ups the need for greater assurance of stadium safety,” said Bob Boland, an athletics official who teaches at Penn State and has more than two decades of experience in sports and law as an instructor, consultant and agent. “Vaccine treatments, containment, they all could be game-changers, but people will need to be comfortable with mass body temperature screening and other technology that could be in play.”Not unlike the aftermath from the 2001 terrorist attacks, when long waits to pass through magnetometers and have …


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The Trump campaign cries censorship after Twitter removes a video about George Floyd on copyright grounds

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Twitter removed a video posted by the Trump campaign’s official account after the company received a copyright complaint.The video was a four-minute speech by the president about the death of George Floyd, played over stills and clips from the protests.This isn’t the first time Twitter has removed a video from Trump on copyright grounds. In 2019 it took down a meme of his because it used a clip from Nickelback’s “Photograph.”Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

Twitter has taken down a video tribute to George Floyd posted by the Trump campaign’s official account, further escalating tensions with the president.The video, posted by @TeamTrump on Wednesday, is almost four minutes long and features a speech from the president played over various photos and videos to sad piano music.In it Trump describes the murder of George Floyd as a “grave tragedy,” and says his memory is being “dishonored by rioters, looters, and anarchists.” He also claims “violence and vandalism is being led by antifa and other radical left-wing groups.” The video, entitled “Healing, not Hatred” is still up on the president’s YouTube channel.


A Twitter spokesperson told The Hill it took the video down on Thursday …


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Ex-NY Times reporter accuses Amazon of trying to censor booklet about coronavirus lockdowns

ex-ny times reporter accuses amazon of trying to censor booklet about coronavirus lockdowns


Former New York Times reporter and author Alex Berenson joined “Tucker Carlson Tonight” Thursday to address Amazon’s initial refusal to publish his booklet expressing skepticism about the effectiveness of coronavirus lockdowns.”They told me this morning they weren’t going to publish it and then some, you know, some people with loud voices said that was wrong and they backed off,” Berenson said. “It’s a good day.”FORMER NY TIMES REPORTER BASHES GOVERNORS OVER CORONAVIRUS TOLL IN NURSING HOMES: ‘A LOT TO ANSWER FOR’“Unreported Truths about COVID-19 and Lockdowns: Part 1,” which included an introduction and a section on death counts and estimates, was expected to become available on Amazon Thursday but Berenson told host Tucker Carlson he woke up to an email from the online retailer informing him they would not publish it.”They just sent an email saying something like… it didn’t conform to their standards. They were encouraging people to use official sources about COVID-19,” said Berenson.Amazon made the booklet available after complaints from, among others, Tesla CEO Elon Musk, who called for Amazon to be broken up. Berenson told Carlson Thursday night that the web giant never apologized directly to him before publicly apologizing and changing …


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Privacy VIOLATION: After Facebook, Google is now in a soup over user privacy

privacy violation: after facebook, google is now in a soup over user privacy


At a time when privacy is sacrosanct to users, companies need to find new models to attract user information.Facebook, earlier this year, lost a $550 million class action suit for violating user privacy. The company had been using its facial recognition technology without user consent. These actions were against the Illinois Biometric Information Privacy Act. While one would believe that other tech majors would have learned from this, search-giant Google is now embroiled in a $5 billion lawsuit. The class action suit demands that Google pay $5,000 each to one million users for tracking their information in private browsing.Facebook had a direct liability in violating norms, Google may have some cushion. While the private browsing was meant so that it will be difficult to track a person, user policy indicated that Google shall still have access to certain data. Even if Google ends up winning this case, investigations will certainly reveal what all data Google was storing from private browsing.Related NewsAnd, if it was anything more than what Google had indicated, it would mean Google shelling out money. More important, the case comes at a time when companies are looking to invest in IoT products, which shall give them more …


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Mark Zuckerberg stands up against censorship

mark zuckerberg stands up against censorship


Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg is coming down in favor of free speech, and good for him. Too bad other social-media honchos can’t embrace the same principle.
Zuck is refusing to follow Twitter and Snapchat in flagging or censoring President Trump’s social-media posts, even after hundreds of his employees staged a virtual walk-out in protest.

Last Friday, Twitter hid a tweet from Trump that included the phrase “when the looting starts, the shooting starts” behind a warning label citing a (rarely enforced) policy against “glorifying violence.” And Snapchat on Wednesday said it would no longer promote Trump’s posts on its “Discover” page — curated content from prominent accounts — because, well, he’s Trump.
Zuckerberg has plainly realized that he can’t go down that road and still claim Facebook is a simple platform.
So while he calls the prez’s remarks “deeply offensive,” Zuck says they don’t violate Facebook’s “incitement to violence” policy.
And it’s better that people should be able to see and judge the words for themselves — Trump’s words or any other politician’s: “We should enable as much expression as possible unless it will cause imminent risk of specific harms or dangers …


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Bitcoin Privacy Wallet Wasabi Making Cops’ Jobs Harder: Europol Briefing – CoinDesk

bitcoin privacy wallet wasabi making cops’ jobs harder: europol briefing – coindesk


Europol, the European Union’s law enforcement agency, has its eyes on the popular bitcoin privacy tool Wasabi Wallet, documents verified by CoinDesk show. 
Marked for “law enforcement only,” a two-part report by Europol’s European Cybercrime Centre (EC3) analyzed the privacy tool’s impact on using the Bitcoin blockchain to investigate crimes. 
“Things are not looking good” for law enforcement thanks to this relatively new software, the EC3 warned, citing data from leading blockchain analysis company Chainalysis estimating how much money is filtering through Wasabi for criminal purposes. 
“According to [Chainalysis], over the last three weeks, BTC in the amount of nearly 50 million USD were deposited into Wasabi with almost 30% coming from dark web markets,” says the first part of the report, circulated to law enforcement members in April. “This is a significant amount, relatively speaking, given the dark web transactions are estimated to have only 1% share of total transactions.”
Europol’s observations highlight a long-simmering tension between governments around the globe and Bitcoin privacy advocates. The blockchain is transparent, making it a useful tool for the former to thumb through accounts and transactions to track down criminals.
Privacy advocates, on the other hand, want to make bitcoin transactions …


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