This is a working directory of some of the global projects, networks and organisations where leading freedom technologists congregate and collaborate. It is part of current research towards my forthcoming book Hacker, Lawyer, Journalist, Spy: Freedom Technologists and Political Change in an Age of Global Protest. Please note that I am only including initiatives with a global remit, rather than a national or regional one. Further suggestions are always very welcome [1].

Election Week, Swedish And Czech Pirate Parties Liftoff In Polls

Falkvinge on Infopolicy – Discussions on information policy and civil liberties by Rick Falkvinge  / 1min  //  keep unread  //  hide

 

Pirate Parties:?Last Friday, Swedish Public Radio opened with the headline ?Swedish Pirate Party Heading For Re-Election To European Parliament? as a fresh poll was published. This was followed by similar news from the Czech Republic. As election week opens, more is up in the air than ever ? but things are looking overall positive for the movement.

 

U.S. Indictment of Chinese Hackers Could Be Awkward for the NSA

Wired Top Stories

It’s no secret that the Chinese military represents a real threat to online security here in the U.S. Over the last several years, state-sponsored Chinese hackers have broken into hundreds of American targets–both inside the U.S. government and across the private sector. But when the Department of Justice announced criminal charges against five hackers working for China’s military this morning, it came at an awkward time. After a year of revelations from ex-NSA contractor Edward Snowden, it’s clearer than ever before that America’s own government hackers have been running rampant through the world’s networks.

The Russian internet today

open Democracy News Analysis – by Daniel Kennedy

The first ?.ru? domain was registered twenty years ago. Russia?s internet (or RuNet) used to be one of the least regulated online spaces in the world, but it has come under increasingly heavy government scrutiny.

The ?Balkanisation? of Russia?s internet

open Democracy News Analysis – by Alexandra Kulikova

The internet in Russia, or ?RuNet?, has developed largely free from state interference. But recent government initiatives paint a grim picture of its future.

 

Steve Wozniak, the co-founder of Apple, has published an open letter to the FCC in support of Net Neutrality;

I won?t deny that hashtags are incredibly effective at starting the conversation and keeping it going when it comes to major (and minor) events in our world alike, but having observed #BringBackOurGirls for a little over a week now, it seems as though hashtag activism has slowly started to sour in on itself.
Google thinks, correctly, that the worst thing about modern photography is the part where you actually have to do something with all the pictures you take. Now, it’s doing something for you with a new feature for Google+ Photos called Stories.
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