Tag Archives: 2017

[$] A filesystem “change journal” and other topics

Post Syndicated from jake original https://lwn.net/Articles/755277/rss

At the 2017 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and Memory-Management Summit
(LSFMM), Amir Goldstein presented his work
on adding a superblock watch mechanism to provide a scalable way to notify
applications
of changes in a filesystem. At the 2018 edition of LSFMM, he was back to
discuss adding NTFS-like change
journals
to the kernel in support of backup solutions of various
sorts. As a second topic for the session, he also wanted to discuss doing
more performance-regression testing
for filesystems.

ЕСПЧ: Най-лошото решение за 2017

Post Syndicated from nellyo original https://nellyo.wordpress.com/2018/06/02/echr-24/

Strasbourg Observers традиционно обявяват най-добро и най-лошо решение на ЕСПЧ всяка година.   За най-лошо решение от 2017 г. е обявено особеното мнение по делото Bayev v. Russia  относно закона за  анти-гей-пропагандата в Русия: “Хомофобският характер на несъгласието на съдията от Русия  относно така наречения гей пропаганден закон  беше толкова шокиращ  за нашите читатели, че спечели наградата за най-лошото решение, въпреки че технически не е самостоятелно решение, а само особено мнение”.

Това е добра причина да се представи решението на ЕСПЧ от 2017, така както е представено от Strasbourg Observers:

Делото се отнася до молбите на  руски активисти за правата на хомосексуалните, всеки от които е признат за виновен за административното нарушение на “обществени дейности, насочени към насърчаване на хомосексуалността сред малолетните и непълнолетните”. Първият жалбоподател е провел демонстрация пред средно училище с две знамена, на които пише “Хомосексуализмът е нормален” и “Гордея се с моята хомосексуалност”. Вторият и третият кандидат  демонстрират  пред детска библиотека с банери, на които е написано, че “Русия има най-високата степен на тийнейджърско самоубийство в света, вкл. хомосексуалисти  предприемат тази стъпка поради липсата на информация. Депутатите са убийци на деца. Хомосексуализмът е добър! ”  и  “Децата имат право да знаят. Големите хора също са понякога хомосексуални. Хомосексуалните  също стават страхотни. Хомосексуалността е естествена и нормална “.

Жалбоподателите твърдят пред ЕСПЧ, че руското законодателство нарушава член 10 от ЕКПЧ и е дискриминационно, тъй като не се прилагат подобни ограничения по отношение на хетеросексуалното мнозинство.

Решението

Намеса в свободата на изразяване съществува, чл.10.2 ЕКПЧ предвижда възможност за намеса поради причини, свързани с морала и здравето, ЕСПЧ прави оценка дали в случая намесата има легитимна цел.

ЕСПЧ не вижда причина социалното приемане на хомосексуалността да е несъвместимо с поддържането на семейни ценности. Както е посочено в решението по делото Kozak v Полша,  няма приет правилен начин за лицата да водят личния си семеен или личен живот.

Неприемливи са опитите да се правят паралели между хомосексуалността и педофилията. Дори мнозинството от руснаците да имат отрицателно мнение за хомосексуалността, би било несъвместимо с основните ценности на Конвенцията, ако упражняването на права от малцинствена група е   обусловено от приемането й от мнозинството.

Правителството твърди, че насърчаването на взаимоотношения между лица от един и същ пол трябва да бъде забранено, тъй като отношенията между тях са  риск за общественото здраве и демографското развитие. ЕСПЧ не вижда как подобен закон би могъл да помогне за постигането на желаните демографски цели или как  липсата на такъв закон би ги засегнала неблагоприятно.

Правителството не е доказало и как педофилията и порнографията сред малолетните и непълнолетните (независимо от сексуалната ориентация на засегнатите лица) са свързани с хомосексуалността и с този закон.

Въпросните правни разпоредби не служат за постигане на легитимната цел на защитата на морала,   защита на здравето и защита на правата на другите.  Чрез приемането на такива закони властите засилват стигмата и предразсъдъците и насърчават хомофобията, която е несъвместима с понятията за равенство, плурализъм и толерантност, присъщи на едно демократично общество. Нарушение на  член 10 от ЕКПЧ.

Особеното мнение може да се прочете на сайта на ЕСПЧ. Според него децата трябва да се консултират предимно с родителите си или близки членове на семейството, вместо да получават информация за секса от плакати  на улицата, а също се твърди, че ЕСПЧ   не е взел сериозно предвид факта, че личният живот на децата е по-важен от свободата на изразяване на хомосексуалистите.

 

Majority of Canadians Consume Online Content Legally, Survey Finds

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/majority-of-canadians-consume-online-content-legally-survey-finds-180531/

Back in January, a coalition of companies and organizations with ties to the entertainment industries called on local telecoms regulator CRTC to implement a national website blocking regime.

Under the banner of Fairplay Canada, members including Bell, Cineplex, Directors Guild of Canada, Maple Leaf Sports and Entertainment, Movie Theatre Association of Canada, and Rogers Media, spoke of an industry under threat from marauding pirates. But just how serious is this threat?

The results of a new survey commissioned by Innovation Science and Economic Development Canada (ISED) in collaboration with the Department of Canadian Heritage (PCH) aims to shine light on the problem by revealing the online content consumption habits of citizens in the Great White North.

While there are interesting findings for those on both sides of the site-blocking debate, the situation seems somewhat removed from the Armageddon scenario predicted by the entertainment industries.

Carried out among 3,301 Canadians aged 12 years and over, the Kantar TNS study aims to cover copyright infringement in six key content areas – music, movies, TV shows, video games, computer software, and eBooks. Attitudes and behaviors are also touched upon while measuring the effectiveness of Canada’s copyright measures.

General Digital Content Consumption

In its introduction, the report notes that 28 million Canadians used the Internet in the three-month study period to November 27, 2017. Of those, 22 million (80%) consumed digital content. Around 20 million (73%) streamed or accessed content, 16 million (59%) downloaded content, while 8 million (28%) shared content.

Music, TV shows and movies all battled for first place in the consumption ranks, with 48%, 48%, and 46% respectively.

Copyright Infringement

According to the study, the majority of Canadians do things completely by the book. An impressive 74% of media-consuming respondents said that they’d only accessed material from legal sources in the preceding three months.

The remaining 26% admitted to accessing at least one illegal file in the same period. Of those, just 5% said that all of their consumption was from illegal sources, with movies (36%), software (36%), TV shows (34%) and video games (33%) the most likely content to be consumed illegally.

Interestingly, the study found that few demographic factors – such as gender, region, rural and urban, income, employment status and language – play a role in illegal content consumption.

“We found that only age and income varied significantly between consumers who infringed by downloading or streaming/accessing content online illegally and consumers who did not consume infringing content online,” the report reads.

“More specifically, the profile of consumers who downloaded or streamed/accessed infringing content skewed slightly younger and towards individuals with household incomes of $100K+.”

Licensed services much more popular than pirate haunts

It will come as no surprise that Netflix was the most popular service with consumers, with 64% having used it in the past three months. Sites like YouTube and Facebook were a big hit too, visited by 36% and 28% of content consumers respectively.

Overall, 74% of online content consumers use licensed services for content while 42% use social networks. Under a third (31%) use a combination of peer-to-peer (BitTorrent), cyberlocker platforms, or linking sites. Stream-ripping services are used by 9% of content consumers.

“Consumers who reported downloading or streaming/accessing infringing content only are less likely to use licensed services and more likely to use peer-to-peer/cyberlocker/linking sites than other consumers of online content,” the report notes.

Attitudes towards legal consumption & infringing content

In common with similar surveys over the years, the Kantar research looked at the reasons why people consume content from various sources, both legal and otherwise.

Convenience (48%), speed (36%) and quality (34%) were the most-cited reasons for using legal sources. An interesting 33% of respondents said they use legal sites to avoid using illegal sources.

On the illicit front, 54% of those who obtained unauthorized content in the previous three months said they did so due to it being free, with 40% citing convenience and 34% mentioning speed.

Almost six out of ten (58%) said lower costs would encourage them to switch to official sources, with 47% saying they’d move if legal availability was improved.

Canada’s ‘Notice-and-Notice’ warning system

People in Canada who share content on peer-to-peer systems like BitTorrent without permission run the risk of receiving an infringement notice warning them to stop. These are sent by copyright holders via users’ ISPs and the hope is that the shock of receiving a warning will turn consumers back to the straight and narrow.

The study reveals that 10% of online content consumers over the age of 12 have received one of these notices but what kind of effect have they had?

“Respondents reported that receiving such a notice resulted in the following: increased awareness of copyright infringement (38%), taking steps to ensure password protected home networks (27%), a household discussion about copyright infringement (27%), and discontinuing illegal downloading or streaming (24%),” the report notes.

While these are all positives for the entertainment industries, Kantar reports that almost a quarter (24%) of people who receive a notice simply ignore them.

Stream-ripping

Once upon a time, people obtaining music via P2P networks was cited as the music industry’s greatest threat but, with the advent of sites like YouTube, so-called stream-ripping is the latest bogeyman.

According to the study, 11% of Internet users say they’ve used a stream-ripping service. They are most likely to be male (62%) and predominantly 18 to 34 (52%) years of age.

“Among Canadians who have used a service to stream-rip music or entertainment, nearly half (48%) have used stream-ripping sites, one-third have used downloader apps (38%), one-in-seven (14%) have used a stream-ripping plug-in, and one-in-ten (10%) have used stream-ripping software,” the report adds.

Set-Top Boxes and VPNs

Few general piracy studies would be complete in 2018 without touching on set-top devices and Virtual Private Networks and this report doesn’t disappoint.

More than one in five (21%) respondents aged 12+ reported using a VPN, with the main purpose of securing communications and Internet browsing (57%).

A relatively modest 36% said they use a VPN to access free content while 32% said the aim was to access geo-blocked content unavailable in Canada. Just over a quarter (27%) said that accessing content from overseas at a reasonable price was the main motivator.

One in ten (10%) of respondents reported using a set-top box, with 78% stating they use them to access paid-for content. Interestingly, only a small number say they use the devices to infringe.

“A minority use set-top boxes to access other content that is not legal or they are unsure if it is legal (16%), or to access live sports that are not legal or they are unsure if it is legal (11%),” the report notes.

“Individuals who consumed a mix of legal and illegal content online are more likely to use VPN services (42%) or TV set-top boxes (21%) than consumers who only downloaded or streamed/accessed legal content.”

Kantar says that the findings of the report will be used to help policymakers evaluate how Canada’s Copyright Act is coping with a changing market and technological developments.

“This research will provide the necessary information required to further develop copyright policy in Canada, as well as to provide a foundation to assess the effectiveness of the measures to address copyright infringement, should future analysis be undertaken,” it concludes.

The full report can be found here (pdf)

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FCC Asks Amazon & eBay to Help Eliminate Pirate Media Box Sales

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/fcc-asks-amazon-ebay-to-help-eliminate-pirate-media-box-sales-180530/

Over the past several years, anyone looking for a piracy-configured set-top box could do worse than search for one on Amazon or eBay.

Historically, people deploying search terms including “Kodi” or “fully-loaded” were greeted by page after page of Android-type boxes, each ready for illicit plug-and-play entertainment consumption following delivery.

Although the problem persists on both platforms, people are now much less likely to find infringing devices than they were 12 to 24 months ago. Under pressure from entertainment industry groups, both Amazon and eBay have tightened the screws on sellers of such devices. Now, however, both companies have received requests to stem sales from a completetey different direction.

In a letter to eBay CEO Devin Wenig and Amazon CEO Jeff Bezos first spotted by Ars, FCC Commissioner Michael O’Rielly calls on the platforms to take action against piracy-configured boxes that fail to comply with FCC equipment authorization requirements or falsely display FCC logos, contrary to United States law.

“Disturbingly, some rogue set-top box manufacturers and distributors are exploiting the FCC’s trusted logo by fraudulently placing it on devices that have not been approved via the Commission’s equipment authorization process,” O’Rielly’s letter reads.

“Specifically, nine set-top box distributors were referred to the FCC in October for enabling the unlawful streaming of copyrighted material, seven of which displayed the FCC logo, although there was no record of such compliance.”

While O’Rielly admits that the copyright infringement aspects fall outside the jurisdiction of the FCC, he says it’s troubling that many of these devices are used to stream infringing content, “exacerbating the theft of billions of dollars in American innovation and creativity.”

As noted above, both Amazon and eBay have taken steps to reduce sales of pirate boxes on their respective platforms on copyright infringement grounds, something which is duly noted by O’Rielly. However, he points out that devices continue to be sold to members of the public who may believe that the devices are legal since they’re available for sale from legitimate companies.

“For these reasons, I am seeking your further cooperation in assisting the FCC in taking steps to eliminate the non-FCC compliant devices or devices that fraudulently bear the FCC logo,” the Commissioner writes (pdf).

“Moreover, if your company is made aware by the Commission, with supporting evidence, that a particular device is using a fraudulent FCC label or has not been appropriately certified and labeled with a valid FCC logo, I respectfully request that you commit to swiftly removing these products from your sites.”

In the event that Amazon and eBay take action under this request, O’Rielly asks both platforms to hand over information they hold on offending manufacturers, distributors, and suppliers.

Amazon was quick to respond to the FCC. In a letter published by Ars, Amazon’s Public Policy Vice President Brian Huseman assured O’Rielly that the company is not only dedicated to tackling rogue devices on copyright-infringement grounds but also when there is fraudulent use of the FCC’s logos.

Noting that Amazon is a key member of the Alliance for Creativity and Entertainment (ACE) – a group that has been taking legal action against sellers of infringing streaming devices (ISDs) and those who make infringing addons for Kodi-type systems – Huseman says that dealing with the problem is a top priority.

“Our goal is to prevent the sale of ISDs anywhere, as we seek to protect our customers from the risks posed by these devices, in addition to our interest in protecting Amazon Studios content,” Huseman writes.

“In 2017, Amazon became the first online marketplace to prohibit the sale of streaming media players that promote or facilitate piracy. To prevent the sale of these devices, we proactively scan product listings for signs of potentially infringing products, and we also invest heavily in sophisticated, automated real-time tools to review a variety of data sources and signals to identify inauthentic goods.

“These automated tools are supplemented by human reviewers that conduct manual investigations. When we suspect infringement, we take immediate action to remove suspected listings, and we also take enforcement action against sellers’ entire accounts when appropriate.”

Huseman also reveals that since implementing a proactive policy against such devices, “tens of thousands” of listings have been blocked from Amazon. In addition, the platform has been making criminal referrals to law enforcement as well as taking civil action (1,2,3) as part of ACE.

“As noted in your letter, we would also appreciate the opportunity to collaborate further with the FCC to remove non-compliant devices that improperly use the FCC logo or falsely claim FCC certification. If any FCC non-compliant devices are identified, we seek to work with you to ensure they are not offered for sale,” Huseman concludes.

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Legal Blackmail: Zero Cases Brought Against Alleged Pirates in Sweden

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/legal-blackmail-zero-cases-brought-against-alleged-pirates-in-sweden-180525/

While several countries in Europe have wilted under sustained pressure from copyright trolls for more than ten years, Sweden managed to avoid their controversial attacks until fairly recently.

With Germany a decade-old pit of misery, with many hundreds of thousands of letters – by now probably millions – sent out to Internet users demanding cash, Sweden avoided the ranks of its European partners until two years ago

In September 2016 it was revealed that an organization calling itself Spridningskollen (Distribution Check) headed up by law firm Gothia Law, would begin targeting the public.

Its spokesperson described its letters as “speeding tickets” for pirates, in that they would only target the guilty. But there was a huge backlash and just a couple of months later Spridningskollen headed for the hills, without a single collection letter being sent out.

That was the calm before the storm.

In February 2017, Danish law firm Njord Law was found to be at the center of a new troll operation targeting the subscribers of several ISPs, including Telia, Tele2 and Bredbandsbolaget. Court documents revealed that thousands of IP addresses had been harvested by the law firm’s partners who were determined to link them with real-life people.

Indeed, in a single batch, Njord Law was granted permission from the court to obtain the identities of citizens behind 25,000 IP addresses, from whom it hoped to obtain cash settlements of around US$550. But it didn’t stop there.

Time and again the trolls headed back to court in an effort to reach more people although until now the true scale of their operations has been open to question. However, a new investigation carried out by SVT has revealed that the promised copyright troll invasion of Sweden is well underway with a huge level of momentum.

Data collated by the publication reveals that since 2017, the personal details behind more than 50,000 IP addresses have been handed over by Swedish Internet service providers to law firms representing copyright trolls and their partners. By the end of this year, Njord Law alone will have sent out 35,000 letters to Swede’s whose IP addresses have been flagged as allegedly infringing copyright.

Even if one is extremely conservative with the figures, the levels of cash involved are significant. Taking a settlement amount of just $300 per letter, very quickly the copyright trolls are looking at $15,000,000 in revenues. On the perimeter, assuming $550 will make a supposed lawsuit go away, we’re looking at a potential $27,500,000 in takings.

But of course, this dragnet approach doesn’t have the desired effect on all recipients.

In 2017, Njord Law said that only 60% of its letters received any kind of response, meaning that even fewer would be settling with the company. So what happens when the public ignores the threatening letters?

“Yes, we will [go to court],” said lawyer Jeppe Brogaard Clausen last year.

“We wish to resolve matters as much as possible through education and dialogue without the assistance of the court though. It is very expensive both for the rights holders and for plaintiffs if we go to court.”

But despite the tough-talking, SVT’s investigation has turned up an interesting fact. The nuclear option, of taking people to court and winning a case when they refuse to pay, has never happened.

After trawling records held by the Patent and Market Court and all those held by the District Courts dating back five years, SVT did not find a single case of a troll taking a citizen to court and winning a case. Furthermore, no law firm contacted by the publication could show that such a thing had happened.

“In Sweden, we have not yet taken someone to court, but we are planning to file for the right in 2018,” Emelie Svensson, lawyer at Njord Law, told SVT.

While a case may yet reach the courts, when it does it is guaranteed to be a cut-and-dried one. Letter recipients can often say things to damage their case, even when they’re only getting a letter due to their name being on the Internet bill. These are the people who find themselves under the most pressure to pay, whether they’re guilty or not.

“There is a risk of what is known in English as ‘legal blackmailing’,” says Mårten Schultz, professor of civil law at Stockholm University.

“With [the copyright holders’] legal and economic muscles, small citizens are scared into paying claims that they do not legally have to pay.”

It’s a position shared by Marianne Levine, Professor of Intellectual Property Law at Stockholm University.

“One can only show that an IP address appears in some context, but there is no point in the evidence. Namely, that it is the subscriber who also downloaded illegitimate material,” she told SVT.

Njord Law, on the other hand, sees things differently.

“In Sweden, we have no legal case saying that you are not responsible for your IP address,” Emelie Svensson says.

Whether Njord Law will carry through with its threats will remain to be seen but there can be little doubt that while significant numbers of people keep paying up, this practice will continue and escalate. The trolls have come too far to give up now.

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AWS GDPR Data Processing Addendum – Now Part of Service Terms

Post Syndicated from Chad Woolf original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/security/aws-gdpr-data-processing-addendum/

Today, we’re happy to announce that the AWS GDPR Data Processing Addendum (GDPR DPA) is now part of our online Service Terms. This means all AWS customers globally can rely on the terms of the AWS GDPR DPA which will apply automatically from May 25, 2018, whenever they use AWS services to process personal data under the GDPR. The AWS GDPR DPA also includes EU Model Clauses, which were approved by the European Union (EU) data protection authorities, known as the Article 29 Working Party. This means that AWS customers wishing to transfer personal data from the European Economic Area (EEA) to other countries can do so with the knowledge that their personal data on AWS will be given the same high level of protection it receives in the EEA.

As we approach the GDPR enforcement date this week, this announcement is an important GDPR compliance component for us, our customers, and our partners. All customers which that are using cloud services to process personal data will need to have a data processing agreement in place between them and their cloud services provider if they are to comply with GDPR. As early as April 2017, AWS announced that AWS had a GDPR-ready DPA available for its customers. In this way, we started offering our GDPR DPA to customers over a year before the May 25, 2018 enforcement date. Now, with the DPA terms included in our online service terms, there is no extra engagement needed by our customers and partners to be compliant with the GDPR requirement for data processing terms.

The AWS GDPR DPA also provides our customers with a number of other important assurances, such as the following:

  • AWS will process customer data only in accordance with customer instructions.
  • AWS has implemented and will maintain robust technical and organizational measures for the AWS network.
  • AWS will notify its customers of a security incident without undue delay after becoming aware of the security incident.
  • AWS will make available certificates issued in relation to the ISO 27001 certification, the ISO 27017 certification, and the ISO 27018 certification to further help customers and partners in their own GDPR compliance activities.

Customers who have already signed an offline version of the AWS GDPR DPA can continue to rely on that GDPR DPA. By incorporating our GDPR DPA into the AWS Service Terms, we are simply extending the terms of our GDPR DPA to all customers globally who will require it under GDPR.

AWS GDPR DPA is only part of the story, however. We are continuing to work alongside our customers and partners to help them on their journey towards GDPR compliance.

If you have any questions about the GDPR or the AWS GDPR DPA, please contact your account representative, or visit the AWS GDPR Center at: https://aws.amazon.com/compliance/gdpr-center/

-Chad

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PEW: Кои медии са основен източник на новини

Post Syndicated from nellyo original https://nellyo.wordpress.com/2018/05/22/news-2/

Изследване на PEW за основния източник на новини в няколко държави от ЕС  (дек.2017)

Вижда се както ролята на обществените медии, заемащи първите места, така и различната фрагментация в различните държави – нарастваща в посока от север към юг.

Despite US Criticism, Ukraine Cybercrime Chief Receives Few Piracy Complaints

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/despite-us-criticism-ukraine-cybercrime-chief-receives-few-piracy-complaints-180522/

On a large number of occasions over the past decade, Ukraine has played host to some of the world’s largest pirate sites.

At various points over the years, The Pirate Bay, KickassTorrents, ExtraTorrent, Demonoid and raft of streaming portals could be found housed in the country’s data centers, reportedly taking advantage of laws more favorable than those in the US and EU.

As a result, Ukraine has been regularly criticized for not doing enough to combat piracy but when placed under pressure, it does take action. In 2010, for example, the local government expressed concerns about the hosting of KickassTorrents in the country and in August the same year, the site was kicked out by its host.

“Kickasstorrents.com main web server was shut down by the hosting provider after it was contacted by local authorities. One way or another I’m afraid we must say goodbye to Ukraine and move the servers to other countries,” the site’s founder told TF at the time.

In the years since, Ukraine has launched sporadic action against pirate sites and has taken steps to tighten up copyright law. The Law on State Support of Cinematography came into force during April 2017 and gave copyright owners new tools to combat infringement by forcing (in theory, at least) site operators and web hosts to respond to takedown requests.

But according to the United States and Europe, not enough is being done. After the EU Commission warned that Ukraine risked damaging relations with the EU, last September US companies followed up with another scathing attack.

In a recommendation to the U.S. Government, the IIPA, which counts the MPAA, RIAA, and ESA among its members, asked U.S. authorities to suspend or withdraw Ukraine’s trade benefits until the online piracy situation improves.

“Legislation is needed to institute proper notice and takedown provisions, including a requirement that service providers terminate access to individuals (or entities) that have repeatedly engaged in infringement, and the retention of information for law enforcement, as well as to provide clear third party liability regarding ISPs,” the IIPA wrote.

But amid all the criticism, Ukraine cyber police chief Sergey Demedyuk says that while his department is committed to tackling piracy, it can only do so when complaints are filed with him.

“Yes, we are engaged in piracy very closely. The problem is that piracy is a crime of private accusation. So here we deal with them only in cases where we are contacted,” Demedyuk said in an Interfax interview published yesterday.

Surprisingly, given the number of dissenting voices, it appears that complaints about these matters aren’t exactly prevalent. So are there many at all?

“Unfortunately, no. In the media, many companies claim that their rights are being violated by pirates. But if you count the applications that come to us, they are one,” Demedyuk reveals.

“In general, we are handling Ukrainian media companies, who produce their own product and are worried about its fate. Also on foreign films, the ‘Anti-Piracy Agency’ refers to us, but not as intensively as before.”

Why complaints are going down, Demedyuk does not know, but when his unit is asked to take action it does so, he claims. Indeed, Demedyuk cites two particularly significant historical operations against a pair of large ‘pirate’ sites.

In 2012, Ukraine shut down EX.ua, a massive cyberlocker site following a six-month investigation initiated by international tech companies including Microsoft, Graphisoft and Adobe. Around 200 servers were seized, together hosting around 6,000 terabytes of data.

Then in November 2016, following a complaint from the MPAA, police raided FS.to, one of Ukraine’s most popular pirate sites. Initial reports indicated that 60 servers were seized and 19 people were arrested.

“To see the effect of combating piracy, this should not be done at the level of cyberpolicy, but at the state level,” Demedyuk advises.

“This requires constant close interaction between law enforcement agencies and rights holders. Only by using all these tools will we be able to effectively counteract copyright infringements.”

Meanwhile, the Office of the United States Trade Representative has maintained Ukraine’s position on the Priority Watchlist of its latest Special 301 Report and there a no signs it will be leaving anytime soon.

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[$] Network filesystem topics

Post Syndicated from jake original https://lwn.net/Articles/754506/rss

At the 2018 Linux Storage, Filesystem, and
Memory-Management Summit (LSFMM), Steve French led a discussion of various
problem areas for network filesystems. Unlike previous sessions (in 2016 and 2017), there was some good news to report
because the long-awaited statx()
system call
was released in Linux 4.11. But there
is still plenty of work to be done to better support network filesystems in
Linux.

ISP Telenor Will Block The Pirate Bay in Sweden Without a Shot Fired

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/isp-telenor-will-block-the-pirate-bay-in-sweden-without-a-shot-fired-180520/

Back in 2014, Universal Music, Sony Music, Warner Music, Nordisk Film and the Swedish Film Industry filed a lawsuit against Bredbandsbolaget, one of Sweden’s largest ISPs.

The copyright holders asked the Stockholm District Court to order the ISP to block The Pirate Bay and streaming site Swefilmer, claiming that the provider knowingly facilitated access to the pirate platforms and assisted their pirating users.

Soon after the ISP fought back, refusing to block the sites in a determined response to the Court.

“Bredbandsbolaget’s role is to provide its subscribers with access to the Internet, thereby contributing to the free flow of information and the ability for people to reach each other and communicate,” the company said in a statement.

“Bredbandsbolaget does not block content or services based on individual organizations’ requests. There is no legal obligation for operators to block either The Pirate Bay or Swefilmer.”

In February 2015 the parties met in court, with Bredbandsbolaget arguing in favor of the “important principle” that ISPs should not be held responsible for content exchanged over the Internet, in the same way the postal service isn’t responsible for the contents of an envelope.

But with TV companies SVT, TV4 Group, MTG TV, SBS Discovery and C More teaming up with the IFPI alongside Paramount, Disney, Warner and Sony in the case, Bredbandsbolaget would need to pull out all the stops to obtain victory. The company worked hard and initially the news was good.

In November 2015, the Stockholm District Court decided that the copyright holders could not force Bredbandsbolaget to block the pirate sites, ruling that the ISP’s operations did not amount to participation in the copyright infringement offenses carried out by some of its ‘pirate’ subscribers.

However, the case subsequently went to appeal, with the brand new Patent and Market Court of Appeal hearing arguments. In February 2017 it handed down its decision, which overruled the earlier ruling of the District Court and ordered Bredbandsbolaget to implement “technical measures” to prevent its customers accessing the ‘pirate’ sites through a number of domain names and URLs.

With nowhere left to go, Bredbandsbolaget and owner Telenor were left hanging onto their original statement which vehemently opposed site-blocking.

“It is a dangerous path to go down, which forces Internet providers to monitor and evaluate content on the Internet and block websites with illegal content in order to avoid becoming accomplices,” they said.

In March 2017, Bredbandsbolaget blocked The Pirate Bay but said it would not give up the fight.

“We are now forced to contest any future blocking demands. It is the only way for us and other Internet operators to ensure that private players should not have the last word regarding the content that should be accessible on the Internet,” Bredbandsbolaget said.

While it’s not clear whether any additional blocking demands have been filed with the ISP, this week an announcement by Bredbandsbolaget parent company Telenor revealed an unexpected knock-on effect. Seemingly without a single shot being fired, The Pirate Bay will now be blocked by Telenor too.

The background lies in Telenor’s acquisition of Bredbandsbolaget back in 2005. Until this week the companies operated under separate brands but will now merge into one entity.

“Telenor Sweden and Bredbandsbolaget today take the final step on their joint trip and become the same company with the same name. As a result, Telenor becomes a comprehensive provider of broadband, TV and mobile communications,” the company said in a statement this week.

“Telenor Sweden and Bredbandsbolaget have shared both logo and organization for the last 13 years. Today, we take the last step in the relationship and consolidate the companies under the same name.”

Up until this final merger, 600,000 Bredbandsbolaget broadband customers were denied access to The Pirate Bay. Now it appears that Telenor’s 700,000 fiber and broadband customers will be affected too. The new single-brand company says it has decided to block the notorious torrent site across its entire network.

“We have not discontinued Bredbandsbolaget, but we have merged Telenor and Bredbandsbolaget and become one,” the company said.

“When we share the same network, The Pirate Bay is blocked by both Telenor and Bredbandsbolaget and there is nothing we plan to change in the future.”

TorrentFreak contacted the PR departments of both Telenor and Bredbandsbolaget requesting information on why a court order aimed at only the latter’s customers would now affect those of the former too, more than doubling the blockade’s reach. Neither company responded which leaves only speculation as to its motives.

On the one hand, the decision to voluntarily implement an expanded blockade could perhaps be viewed as a little unusual given how much time, effort and money has been invested in fighting web-blockades in Sweden.

On the other, the merger of the companies may present legal difficulties as far as the court order goes and it could certainly cause friction among the customer base of Telenor if some customers could access TPB, and others could not.

In any event, the legal basis for web-blocking on copyright infringement grounds was firmly established last year at the EU level, which means that Telenor would lose any future legal battle, should it decide to dig in its heels. On that basis alone, the decision to block all customers probably makes perfect commercial sense.

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Maliciously Changing Someone’s Address

Post Syndicated from Bruce Schneier original https://www.schneier.com/blog/archives/2018/05/maliciously_cha.html

Someone changed the address of UPS corporate headquarters to his own apartment in Chicago. The company discovered it three months later.

The problem, of course, is that there isn’t any authentication of change-of-address submissions:

According to the Postal Service, nearly 37 million change-of-address requests ­ known as PS Form 3575 ­ were submitted in 2017. The form, which can be filled out in person or online, includes a warning below the signature line that “anyone submitting false or inaccurate information” could be subject to fines and imprisonment.

To cut down on possible fraud, post offices send a validation letter to both an old and new address when a change is filed. The letter includes a toll-free number to call to report anything suspicious.

Each year, only a tiny fraction of the requests are ever referred to postal inspectors for investigation. A spokeswoman for the U.S. Postal Inspection Service could not provide a specific number to the Tribune, but officials have previously said that the number of change-of-address investigations in a given year totals 1,000 or fewer typically.

While fraud involving change-of-address forms has long been linked to identity thieves, the targets are usually unsuspecting individuals, not massive corporations.

ExtraTorrent Replacement Displays Warning On Predecessor’s Shutdown Anniversary

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/extratorrent-replacement-displays-warning-on-predecessors-shutdown-anniversary-180518/

Exactly one year ago, millions of users in the BitTorrent community went into mourning with the shock depature of one of its major players.

ExtraTorrent was founded in back in November 2006, at a time when classic platforms such as TorrentSpy and Mininova were dominating the torrent site landscape. But with dedication and determination, the site amassed millions of daily visitors, outperforming every other torrent site apart from the mighty Pirate Bay.

Then, on May 17, 2017, everything came crashing down.

“ExtraTorrent has shut down permanently,” a note in the site read. “ExtraTorrent with all mirrors goes offline. We permanently erase all data. Stay away from fake ExtraTorrent websites and clones. Thx to all ET supporters and torrent community. ET was a place to be….”

While ExtraTorrent staff couldn’t be more clear in advising people to stay away from clones, few people listened to their warnings. Within hours, new sites appeared claiming to be official replacements for the much-loved torrent site and people flocked to them in their millions.

One of those was ExtraTorrent.ag, a torrent site connected to the operators of EZTV.ag, which appeared as a replacement in the wake of the official EZTV’s demise. Graphically very similar to the original ExtraTorrent, the .ag ‘replacement’ had none of its namesake’s community or unique content. But that didn’t dent its popularity.

ExtraTorrent.ag

At the start of this week, ExtraTorrent.ag was one of the most popular torrent sites on the Internet. With an Alexa rank of around 2,200, it would’ve clinched ninth position in our Top 10 Torrent Sites report earlier this year. However, after registering the site’s domain a year ago, something seems to have gone wrong.

Yesterday, on the anniversary of ExtraTorrent’s shutdown and exactly a year after the ExtraTorrent.ag domain was registered, ExtraTorrent.ag disappeared only to be replaced by a generic landing page, as shown below.

ExtraTorrent.ag landing page

This morning, however, there appear to be additional complications. Accessing with Firefox produces the page above but attempting to do so with Chrome produces an ominous security warning.

Chrome warning

Indeed, those protected by MalwareBytes won’t be able to access the page at all, since ExtraTorrent.ag redirects to the domain FindBetterResults.com, which the anti-malware app flags as malicious.

The change was reported to TF by the operator of domain unblocking site Unblocked.lol, which offers torrent site proxies as well as access to live TV and sports.

“I noticed when I started receiving emails saying ExtraTorrent was redirecting to some parked domain. When I jumped on the PC and checked myself it was just redirecting to a blank page,” he informs us.

“First I thought they’d blocked our IP address so I used some different ones. But I soon discovered the domain was in fact parked.”

So what has happened to this previously-functioning domain?

Whois records show that ExtraTorrent.ag was created on May 17, 2017 and appears to have been registered for a year. Yesterday, on May 17, 2018, the domain was updated to list what could potentially be a new owner, with an expiry date of May 17, 2019.

Once domains have expired, they usually enter an ‘Auto-Renew Grace Period’ for up to 45 days. This is followed by a 30-day ‘Redemption Grace Period’. At the end of this second period, domains cannot be renewed and are released for third-parties to register. That doesn’t appear to have been the case here.

So, to find out more about the sudden changes we reached out to the email address listed in the WHOIS report but received no response. Should we hear more we’ll update this report but in the meantime the Internet has lost one of its largest torrent sites and gained a rather pointless landing page with potential security risks.

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Медийна свобода и плурализъм

Post Syndicated from nellyo original https://nellyo.wordpress.com/2018/05/17/sofia_16052018/

В София се проведе международна  конференция “Медийна свобода и плурализъм: Как да рестартираме основния стълб на ЕС“.

Записи от   конференцията могат да се видят тук:  сесия  I and   сесия II) или тук.

Пълният текст на заключителната декларация, в края са  препоръките:

Свобода на медиите в Европа: Код червено

През 1997 г. Софийската декларация на ЮНЕСКО за свободни и плуралистични медии бе ревностен призив за напредък в контекста, в който появата на нови информационни и комуникационни технологии се считаше за нова възможност за плурализъм, икономическо и социално развитие, демокрация и мир. Сега, 21 години по-късно, независимите медии в Европа претърпяха безпрецедентен натиск. Комбинацията от различни фактори, като убийствата на журналисти и физическите заплахи срещу тях, нарастващия политически и институционален натиск, репресивното законодателство, насочено към медиите, разрушителните технологии и финансовата криза, поставят съществуването на свободните медии в редица европейски страни в риск.

Свободният достъп до разнообразна информация и мнение е не само основно право на човека, но е от съществено значение за гражданите да участват в демократичното общество. Това е основната рамка, позволяваща на хората да държат отговорни представителите на властта, за да се ограничат престъпността и корупцията, което е ключов фактор за осигуряване на функционираща демокрация.

Създаването на контролирани медии е първата стъпка към моделите на публично управление, известни като “меки диктатури” или “завладяна държава”, което създава сериозни заплахи за нормалното функциониране на демокрацията не само за съответните държави, но и за целия Европейски съюз.

Неотдавнашните събития в някои от държавите-членки на ЕС очевидно нарушават националното и международното право, когато става въпрос за защита на медийната свобода, а именно Всеобщата декларация за правата на човека, Международния пакт за граждански и политически права, Европейската конвенция за правата на човека и Хартата на основните права на Европейския съюз (ЕС). ЕС и Съветът на Европа създадоха правни процедури за защита на свободата на изразяване в Съда на Европейския съюз и Европейския съд по правата на човека. Въпреки това тези структури понякога не са достатъчни, за да поддържат и наложат основните европейски ценности и конституционните си традиции.

Бюджет на ЕС и върховенство на закона

На 2 май 2018 г. Европейската комисия предложи бюджет за периода 2021-2027 г. и изготви стратегически план за наказване на страни, за които твърди, че са нарушили основните ценности на ЕС. Планът обвързва финансирането от Европейския съюз с принципите на правовата държава, но е твърде ограничен и не споменава свободата на медиите.

Комисията предлага нов механизъм за защита на бюджета на ЕС от финансовите рискове, свързани с общите недостатъци на правовата държава в държавите-членки. Новите инструменти биха позволили на Съюза да преустанови, намали или ограничи достъпа до финансиране от ЕС по начин, който е в съответствие с вида, тежестта и обхвата на недостатъците на правовия ред. Такова решение ще бъде предложено от Комисията и ще бъде прието от Съвета чрез гласуване с квалифицирано мнозинство, което ще направи невъзможно една или две държави да блокират наказателните мерки.

Предложението се очакваше и беше направено в отговор на Полша, първата и единствена страна, която досега е обект на механизма на върховенството на закона, тъй като ЕК установи системно поведение, поставящо демокрацията в опасност. Унгария също е на радара на Комисията, където демократичните условия се влошиха, след като продължителни усилия за институционализиране на “нелибералната демокрация” в страната. Полша и България, председателстваща Съвета на ЕС, бяха сред първите държави, които реагираха отрицателно на предложения нов регламент.

Убийства и физически заплахи

Ерозията на европейския демократичен модел, тенденция, наблюдавана през последните години, продължава и става все по-тревожна. Регионът е разтърсен от две убийства и от заплахи към разследващи репортери, както и безпрецедентни вербални атаки срещу медиите. Традиционно безопасната среда за журналисти в Европа започна да се влошава. Две убийства за пет месеца, първото в Малта и второто в Словакия, показват тревожен спад за демокрациите на континента. В Малта, смъртта на журналистката и блогър Дафне Каруана Галиция, в следствие на умишлено поставена бомба в колата ѝ, повдигна завесата на съдебния тормоз и заплахи, на които постоянно са подложени журналисти от островната държава.

Каруана Галиция е била заплашвана от години и е била обект на 42 граждански и пет наказателни дела. Словакия все още е разтърсена от убийството на 27-годишния репортер, разследващ корупцията и мафията. През април италианските правоохранителни органи осуетиха подготвяното от мафията убийство на журналиста Паоло Боромети.

Икономическа устойчивост

Независимостта на медиите и свободната журналистика е възможна само ако медийните компании са икономически независими и финансово устойчиви. През 21 век издателите на печатни медии остават основните инвеститори в журналистическо съдържание и са увеличили усилия и инвестиции, за да предложат най-новите иновативни дигитални услуги за читателите в Европа и в останалата част на света. Тези постижения се оказват плодотворни, тъй като вестникарските публикации достигат до безпрецедентно висок брой читатели. Този успех само потвърждава, че бъдещето на пресата е не само дигитално, но и пълно с възможности за разширяване на читателския интерес към публикациите на вестници и списания.

За съжаление, през последното десетилетие значителна част от икономическата база на независимите медии е ерозирала. Медийните компании изпитаха двоен шок от кризата в бизнес цикъла и бизнес модела си.

Възстановяването от глобалната финансова криза в Европа беше твърде бавно и твърде скъпо и съвпадна с кризата в медийния бизнес модел. Също така, появата на дигитални платформи и глобални дигитални гиганти като Google и Facebook засили неравнопоставеността между посредниците и инвеститорите и създателите на съдържание, а именно издателите. Въпреки нарастващото търсене на новини и коментари, осигуряването на приходи от такова съдържание се оказва предизвикателство, тъй като авторското право и законите за ДДС от периода преди въвеждането на дигиталните технологии не могат да защитят инвестициите и пазарния дял, както и широкият достъп до онлайн съдържание предоставят на основните платформи лъвския дял от рекламните приходи.

Данните на Бюрото за интерактивна реклама от 2016 г. показват, че 89% от разходите за онлайн реклама са отишли за Google и Facebook, като останалите 11% са за всички останали дигитални играчи.
Много предложения на ЕС, свързани с дигиталната сфера, заплашват с тежки и несправедливи съдебни и административни процедури. Като например предложения за електронна конфиденциалност, които биха дали преимущество на най-силните технологични играчи и биха въпрепятствали по-малките играчи, които са зависими от «бисквитки» и от сложно сътрудничество с трети страни, за да бъдат част от икономиката на данни.

В много страни от ЕС икономическите трудности, които медийните компании са преживели, доведоха директно до концентрация на политически контрол над медиите и засилена зависимост от правителственото финансиране. В някои случаи управляващите политически елити използват средства на правителството и ЕС, за да подкрепят лоялните медии и да манипулират общественото мнение. В тези страни обществената телевизия и радио също са загубили независимост или са под нарастващ политически натиск. На практика тези процеси доведоха до това, че големи части от медийния пазар минаха под контрола на управляващите политици и техните поддръжници за целите на пропагандата, като същевременно предприеха тежки атаки срещу малкото останали независими медии. Близо сме до карйната «цел» за безотчетна власт в някои от страните в ЕС.

Код червено за медийната свобода в държави в Европейския съюз

Полша

Изглежда нищо не е в състояние да спре “Право и справедливост”, национално-консервативната партия, спечелила изборите през октомври 2015 г., която се стреми към радикално реформиране на Полша, както сметне за подходящо, без да зачита онези, които мислят по различен начин. Свободата на медиите е една от основните жертви на техния проект. Обществените медии официално са преименувани на “национални медии” и са преобразувани в говорители на правителствената пропаганда. Техните нови ръководители не търпят нито опозиция, нито неутралност от страна на служителите и отстраняват онези, които отказват да се съобразят.

Разследващият журналист Томаш Пиатек беше заплашен с лишаване от свобода заради критиките, отправени към министъра на отбраната относно връзките му с руските разузнавателни служби и трябваше да изчака много месеци преди обвиненията да бъдат окончателно оттеглени. Съветът за радио и телевизия, който сега е под контрола на правителството, се опита да наложи глоба на частния телевизионен канал TVN за излъчване на антиправителствени послания при отразяването на вълна от протести през декември 2016 г. Впоследствие глобата беше отменена под международен натиск. На всички призиви за умереност правителството отговаря с познатите аргументи, нетърпящи несъгласие.

Унгария

Бизнесмените, които са в тесни връзки с партия «Фидес» на премиера Виктор Орбан, не само успяха да придобият нови медии през 2017 г., но и да заместят чуждестранните медийни компании, инвестирали в унгарски медии. Най-големият им успех бе поемането на контрол над последните три регионални ежедневника. Независимо от това, унгарският медиен пейзаж все още е разнообразен и печатни и онлайн издания не се колебаят да публикуват разследвания за предполагаема корупция, включваща най-влиятелните личности от Фидес и държавни служители. В Унгария съжителстват два типа медии. Единият се състои от проправителствени и про-Фидес медии, обсебени от темата за миграцията, “защитата на Унгария и нейните граници” и очернящата кампания срещу унгарско-американския милиардер филантроп Джордж Сорос.

Другият тип медии са насочени към разкриване на корупционни скандали. Оцеляването на медиите, критикуващи правителството, се дължи до голяма степен на бившия съратник на Орбан Лайош Симичка, който през февруари 2015 г. се разграничи публично от премиера и продължава да финансира медийна империя, създадена първоначално за подкрепа на Фидес. Правителството и неговите бизнес съюзници вече са се наточили на две медии – най-големият търговски канал RTL Klub и водещият политически информационен сайт Index.hu. И двете критикуват правителството.

България

През изминалите години свободата на медиите в България се влошава с тревожни темпове. Според световния индекс за свободата на медиите на Репортери без граници, България се е смъкнала със 75 позиции през последните 12 години – от 36-та през 2006 г. до 111-то през 2018 г. Налице е нарастващ политически натиск и нарастващ брой физически заплахи срещу разследващи журналисти, издатели и независими медии. Основният инструмент за упражняване на натиск е концентрацията на собственост върху медиите, икономическите зависимости и други форми на политически контрол върху по-голямата част от медийното пространство и монопол върху каналите за разпространение на медийно съдържание. Моделът включва също така силно влияние върху правителството, прокуратурата и съдебната власт, както и контрол над повечето независими регулатори. Всичко това представлява огромен политически и бизнес конгломерат, ръководен от действащия политик, бивш магистрат, бизснесмен и медиен собственик Делян Славчев Пеевски.

От 2009 г., с кратки прекъсвания, България е управлявана от ГЕРБ и техния лидер и премиер с три мандата – Бойко Борисов, който се радва на комфорт от страна на контролираните от Пеевски медии. Премиерът Борисов не само постоянно отказва да признае, че съществува заплаха за свободата на медиите, но играе ключова роля за увеличаване на достъпа на г-н Пеевски до публични ресурси, като същевременно му предоставя допълнителни институционални инструменти за репресия, включително законодателни решения, използвани срещу независимите медии.

Малта

2017-та бе белязана от бомбения атентат срещу Дафне Каруана Галиция, разследваща журналистка, която бе разкрила “мръсните тайни” на местната политика и косвено предизвика предсрочни общи избори през юни 2017 г. Години наред тя е била под нарастващ натиск заради популярността на нейния блог и работата ѝ по разплитане на местните връзки от т.нар. Досиета Панама и т.н. Към момента на убийството ѝ срещу нея вече са били заведени 42 граждански иска и пет наказателни дела за клевета. Тя също бе постоянен обект на заплахи и други форми на тормоз. Съдебният тормоз имаше за цел да я отстрани от обществения живот. Нейният случай беше класически пример за съдебни дела, в които влиятелни ищци се опитват да използват страха от огромни разходи за правна защита, за да затворят устата на критиците си. Под заплаха от страна на известни личности или бизнес групи, независимите медии са принуждавани да отстъпят и да премахнат публикации от своите сайтове.

Словакия

Убийството на разследващия репортер Ян Куцяк през февруари 2018 г. предизвика безпрецедентен политически трус в Словакия и стресна международната общност. Куцяк провеждаше разследване за уебсайта Aktuality.sk относно предполагаеми връзки между италианската мафия и Smer-SD (ляво-популистката партия, която оглавява управляващата коалиция) и предполагаемото присвояване на средства от ЕС. В недовършена статия, публикувана след смъртта му, той обвинява премиера Роберт Фицо в пряко участие.

Министрите на културата и вътрешните работи бяха принудени да подадат оставка и след големи улични протести, самият Фицо трябваше да последва примера им. Подобно на други словашки политици, Фицо бе подложен на засилени атаки в медиите. През ноември 2016 г. той описва журналистите като “мръсни антисловашки проститутки” и ги обвинява, че се опитват да възпрепятстват европейското председателство на Словакия. Така той реагира в отговор на въпрос за предполагаеми нередности в обществените поръчки, свързани с председателството. При липсата на силни институции, които биха могли да ги защитят, журналистите в Словакия все повече са изложени на всякакъв вид тормоз, сплашване и оскърбления.

Убийството на Куцяк възобнови въпросите за необяснимото изчезване на двама журналисти, единият през 2008 г., а другият през 2015 г. и отново постави въпроса за безопасността на журналистите. През последните години словашки медии, които преди това бяха собственост на водещи международни медийни компании, бяха придобити от местни олигарси, чиито основни бизнес интереси са извън журналистиката. В момента е запллашен общественият радио и телевизионен оператор RTVS, който през последните години стана символ на журналистически интегритет.

През август 2017 г. неговият генерален директор закри единствената разследваща телевизионна програма в страната, след излъчването на критичен репортаж за по-малката партия в управляващата коалиция. Правото на отговор на критично медийното отразяване, което политиците получиха от медийния закон от 2007 г., бе ограничено в изменение от 2011 г., но клеветата все още се наказва със затвор до 8 години затвор, съгласно разпоредба на Наказателния кодекс, която политиците продължават да използват за подаване на жалби срещу индивидуални журналисти и медии.

Чехия

Трудно е да си представим президент да извади огнестрелно оръжие пред журналисти, но това направи президентът на Чешката република Милош Земан на пресконференция през октомври 2017 г., размахвайки «Калашников» с надпис “за журналисти”. Преизбран през януари 2018 г., Земан има слабост към този вид провокации и многократно е описвал журналистите като “оборска тор” и “хиени”. Президентът и няколко други политически лидери наскоро засилиха вербалните си атаки срещу независимостта на обществените медии, особено на Чешката телевизия. Също така има няколко нови законопроекти, които биха увеличили обхвата на наказателните санкции за клевета, особено клеветата срещу президента. Нивото на концентрация на собственост върху медиите стана критично, тъй като новите олигарси започнаха да използват своето богатство през 2008 г., за да купуват вестници и да засилят влиянието си. Един от тези олигарси, премиерът Андрей Бабиш, притежава един от най-влиятелните ежедневници в Чехия.

Препоръки за провеждане на бъдещи политики:

1. Журналистите, издателите, НПО и други ключови заинтересовани страни трябва да обединят усилията си за подобряване на ефективността при използването на механизми за правна защита в Съда на Европейския съюз и Европейския съд по правата на човека. Една практическа идея би могла да бъде създаването на експертно юридическо лице “Фонд за защита на свободата на медиите”, който да подпомага гражданите, независимите журналисти, издателите и медийните компании при прилагането на международните закони срещу злоупотребата с власт на местните правителства. Такъв фонд би могъл също да инициира и подкрепи независими международни разследвания на случаи на медиен натиск от високопоставени личности в държавите-членки на ЕС;

2. Европейската комисия следва да разшири новопредложената разпоредба, като обвърже отпускането на средства от ЕС не само с правовата държава и върховенството на закона, но и със свободата на медиите в държавите-членки и кандидатите. Освен върховенството на закона, комисията следва също изрично да следи за спазването на местното и европейското законодателство за нарушаване на правата на човека, свободата на изразяване, гражданското общество и функционирането на демокрацията. В страни като България, Унгария и Полша репресиите срещу свободата на медиите се правят през повечето време с правни институционални инструменти, създадени от извънредно законодателство на национално ниво.

На 3 май 2018 г. Европейският парламент гласува резолюция, споед която Комисията трябва да работи за създаването на механизъм на ЕС за демокрация, върховенство на закона и основните права, придружен от независими механизми за наблюдение, които да оценят състоянието на свободата и плурализма на медиите и всички нарушения, свързани с това.

3. Медийният бизнес модел е в преход. Икономическото оцеляване на медийните компании и независимата журналистика на по-малките пазари е много трудно. Свободните медии обаче са крайъгълният камък на гражданското общество и функционирането на демокрацията. ЕС разглежда свободната преса и свободата на изразяване като “обществено благо” и трябва да разработи обществени механизми за устойчивото си финансиране, за да гарантира своята независимост. Това би могло да включва финансиране от ЕС, насочено пряко към журналисти и медийни компании в държавите-членки, като се избягва посредничеството на местното правителство;

4. Насърчаване на иновациите и подпомагане на дигиталната трансформация на медиите в ЕС. ЕС трябва да разработи по-разнообразен инструментариум, който да помогне за преодоляване на технологичните различия между европейските медийни компании и глобалните платформи. Също така, да се насърчи предприемачеството в областта на медиите и новосъздадените компании в търсене на нови, устойчиви бизнес модели и иновативни начини за осигуряване на приходи;

5. Заинтересованите страни от ЕС и държавите членкитрябва да подкрепят категорично правото на издателите във връзка с прегледа на Директивата за авторското право, за да могат издателите да прилагат по-добре своите вече съществуващи права и да спомогнат за преговорите с основните платформи. В допълнение, трябва да се оеднаквят ставките на ДДС за печатни и онлайн издания. Освен това трябва да се гарантира, че дигиталната сфера е място, където всички участници могат да успяват, като осигурят равнопоставеност и повече баланс с технологичните гиганти и платформи. Подкрепата на професионалните медии е от съществено значение за демократичния живот и просветеността на европейските граждани и единственото дългосрочно решение за противодействие на дезинформацията.

Police Arrest Suspected Member of TheDarkOverlord Hacking Group

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/police-arrest-suspected-member-of-the-dark-overlord-hacking-group-180517/

In April 2017, the first episode of the brand new season of Netflix’s Orange is the New Black was uploaded to The Pirate Bay, months ahead of its official release date.

The leak was the work of a hacking entity calling itself TheDarkOverlord (TDO). One of its members had contacted TorrentFreak months earlier claiming that the content was in its hands but until the public upload, nothing could be confirmed.

TDO told us it had obtained the episodes after hacking the systems of Hollywood-based Larson Studios, an ADR (additional dialogue recorded) studio, back in 2016. TDO had attempted to blackmail the company into paying a bitcoin ransom but when it wasn’t forthcoming, TDO pressed the nuclear button.

Netflix responded by issuing a wave of takedown notices but soon TDO moved onto a new target. In June 2017, TDO followed up on an earlier threat to leak content owned by ABC.

But while TDO was perhaps best known for its video-leaking exploits, the group’s core ‘business’ was hacking what many perceived to be softer targets. TDO ruthlessly slurped confidential data from weakly protected computer systems at medical facilities, private practices, and businesses large and small.

In each case, the group demanded ransoms in exchange for silence and leaked sensitive data to the public if none were paid. With dozens of known targets, TDO found itself at the center of an international investigation, led by the FBI. That now appears to have borne some fruit, with the arrest of an individual in Serbia.

Serbian police say that members of its Ministry of Internal Affairs, Criminal Police Directorate (UCC), in coordination with the Special Prosecution for High-Tech Crime, have taken action against a suspected member of TheDarkOverlord group.

Police say they tracked down a Belgrade resident, who was arrested and taken into custody. Identified only by the initials “S.S”, police say the individual was born in 1980 but have released no further personal details. A search of his apartment and other locations led to the seizure of items of digital equipment.

“According to the order of the Special Prosecutor’s Office for High-Tech Crime, criminal charges will be brought against him because of the suspicion that he committed the criminal offense of unauthorized access to a protected computer, computer networks and electronic processing, and the criminal offense of extortion,” a police statement reads.

In earlier correspondence with TF, the TDO member always gave the impression of working as part of a team but we only had a single contact point which appeared to be the same person. However, Serbian authorities say the larger investigation is aimed at uncovering “a large number of people” who operate under the banner of “TheDarkOverlord”.

Since June 2016, the group is said to have targeted at least 50 victims while demanding bitcoin ransoms to avoid disclosure of their content. Serbian authorities say that on the basis of available data, TDO received payments of more than $275,000.

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AWS IoT 1-Click – Use Simple Devices to Trigger Lambda Functions

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/aws-iot-1-click-use-simple-devices-to-trigger-lambda-functions/

We announced a preview of AWS IoT 1-Click at AWS re:Invent 2017 and have been refining it ever since, focusing on simplicity and a clean out-of-box experience. Designed to make IoT available and accessible to a broad audience, AWS IoT 1-Click is now generally available, along with new IoT buttons from AWS and AT&T.

I sat down with the dev team a month or two ago to learn about the service so that I could start thinking about my blog post. During the meeting they gave me a pair of IoT buttons and I started to think about some creative ways to put them to use. Here are a few that I came up with:

Help Request – Earlier this month I spent a very pleasant weekend at the HackTillDawn hackathon in Los Angeles. As the participants were hacking away, they occasionally had questions about AWS, machine learning, Amazon SageMaker, and AWS DeepLens. While we had plenty of AWS Solution Architects on hand (decked out in fashionable & distinctive AWS shirts for easy identification), I imagined an IoT button for each team. Pressing the button would alert the SA crew via SMS and direct them to the proper table.

Camera ControlTim Bray and I were in the AWS video studio, prepping for the first episode of Tim’s series on AWS Messaging. Minutes before we opened the Twitch stream I realized that we did not have a clean, unobtrusive way to ask the camera operator to switch to a closeup view. Again, I imagined that a couple of IoT buttons would allow us to make the request.

Remote Dog Treat Dispenser – My dog barks every time a stranger opens the gate in front of our house. While it is great to have confirmation that my Ring doorbell is working, I would like to be able to press a button and dispense a treat so that Luna stops barking!

Homes, offices, factories, schools, vehicles, and health care facilities can all benefit from IoT buttons and other simple IoT devices, all managed using AWS IoT 1-Click.

All About AWS IoT 1-Click
As I said earlier, we have been focusing on simplicity and a clean out-of-box experience. Here’s what that means:

Architects can dream up applications for inexpensive, low-powered devices.

Developers don’t need to write any device-level code. They can make use of pre-built actions, which send email or SMS messages, or write their own custom actions using AWS Lambda functions.

Installers don’t have to install certificates or configure cloud endpoints on newly acquired devices, and don’t have to worry about firmware updates.

Administrators can monitor the overall status and health of each device, and can arrange to receive alerts when a device nears the end of its useful life and needs to be replaced, using a single interface that spans device types and manufacturers.

I’ll show you how easy this is in just a moment. But first, let’s talk about the current set of devices that are supported by AWS IoT 1-Click.

Who’s Got the Button?
We’re launching with support for two types of buttons (both pictured above). Both types of buttons are pre-configured with X.509 certificates, communicate to the cloud over secure connections, and are ready to use.

The AWS IoT Enterprise Button communicates via Wi-Fi. It has a 2000-click lifetime, encrypts outbound data using TLS, and can be configured using BLE and our mobile app. It retails for $19.99 (shipping and handling not included) and can be used in the United States, Europe, and Japan.

The AT&T LTE-M Button communicates via the LTE-M cellular network. It has a 1500-click lifetime, and also encrypts outbound data using TLS. The device and the bundled data plan is available an an introductory price of $29.99 (shipping and handling not included), and can be used in the United States.

We are very interested in working with device manufacturers in order to make even more shapes, sizes, and types of devices (badge readers, asset trackers, motion detectors, and industrial sensors, to name a few) available to our customers. Our team will be happy to tell you about our provisioning tools and our facility for pushing OTA (over the air) updates to large fleets of devices; you can contact them at [email protected].

AWS IoT 1-Click Concepts
I’m eager to show you how to use AWS IoT 1-Click and the buttons, but need to introduce a few concepts first.

Device – A button or other item that can send messages. Each device is uniquely identified by a serial number.

Placement Template – Describes a like-minded collection of devices to be deployed. Specifies the action to be performed and lists the names of custom attributes for each device.

Placement – A device that has been deployed. Referring to placements instead of devices gives you the freedom to replace and upgrade devices with minimal disruption. Each placement can include values for custom attributes such as a location (“Building 8, 3rd Floor, Room 1337”) or a purpose (“Coffee Request Button”).

Action – The AWS Lambda function to invoke when the button is pressed. You can write a function from scratch, or you can make use of a pair of predefined functions that send an email or an SMS message. The actions have access to the attributes; you can, for example, send an SMS message with the text “Urgent need for coffee in Building 8, 3rd Floor, Room 1337.”

Getting Started with AWS IoT 1-Click
Let’s set up an IoT button using the AWS IoT 1-Click Console:

If I didn’t have any buttons I could click Buy devices to get some. But, I do have some, so I click Claim devices to move ahead. I enter the device ID or claim code for my AT&T button and click Claim (I can enter multiple claim codes or device IDs if I want):

The AWS buttons can be claimed using the console or the mobile app; the first step is to use the mobile app to configure the button to use my Wi-Fi:

Then I scan the barcode on the box and click the button to complete the process of claiming the device. Both of my buttons are now visible in the console:

I am now ready to put them to use. I click on Projects, and then Create a project:

I name and describe my project, and click Next to proceed:

Now I define a device template, along with names and default values for the placement attributes. Here’s how I set up a device template (projects can contain several, but I just need one):

The action has two mandatory parameters (phone number and SMS message) built in; I add three more (Building, Room, and Floor) and click Create project:

I’m almost ready to ask for some coffee! The next step is to associate my buttons with this project by creating a placement for each one. I click Create placements to proceed. I name each placement, select the device to associate with it, and then enter values for the attributes that I established for the project. I can also add additional attributes that are peculiar to this placement:

I can inspect my project and see that everything looks good:

I click on the buttons and the SMS messages appear:

I can monitor device activity in the AWS IoT 1-Click Console:

And also in the Lambda Console:

The Lambda function itself is also accessible, and can be used as-is or customized:

As you can see, this is the code that lets me use {{*}}include all of the placement attributes in the message and {{Building}} (for example) to include a specific placement attribute.

Now Available
I’ve barely scratched the surface of this cool new service and I encourage you to give it a try (or a click) yourself. Buy a button or two, build something cool, and let me know all about it!

Pricing is based on the number of enabled devices in your account, measured monthly and pro-rated for partial months. Devices can be enabled or disabled at any time. See the AWS IoT 1-Click Pricing page for more info.

To learn more, visit the AWS IoT 1-Click home page or read the AWS IoT 1-Click documentation.

Jeff;

 

Индексът на настигането: публикуван е докладът за 2017

Post Syndicated from nellyo original https://nellyo.wordpress.com/2018/05/16/catch_up_index/

Индексът на настигането на Институт “Отворено общество” – София измерва и сравнява развитието на тридесет и пет европейски страни по четири категории: “икономика”, “демокрация”, “качество на живот” и “управление”.

Според методологията на изследването, изходните данни по индикатори се стандартизират в точки по скала от 0 до 100 – от най-нисък до най-висок резултат. Страните също така се класират според резултатите си – от 1 (най-висока) до 35 (последна) позиция.

Според новоизлезлия доклад България е на 29-то място.

Самата категория “демокрация” се измерва с редица индикатори, сред които и такива за свобода на медиите.

Amazon Sumerian – Now Generally Available

Post Syndicated from Jeff Barr original https://aws.amazon.com/blogs/aws/amazon-sumerian-now-generally-available/

We announced Amazon Sumerian at AWS re:Invent 2017. As you can see from Tara‘s blog post (Presenting Amazon Sumerian: An Easy Way to Create VR, AR, and 3D Experiences), Sumerian does not require any specialized programming or 3D graphics expertise. You can build VR, AR, and 3D experiences for a wide variety of popular hardware platforms including mobile devices, head-mounted displays, digital signs, and web browsers.

I’m happy to announce that Sumerian is now generally available. You can create realistic virtual environments and scenes without having to acquire or master specialized tools for 3D modeling, animation, lighting, audio editing, or programming. Once built, you can deploy your finished creation across multiple platforms without having to write custom code or deal with specialized deployment systems and processes.

Sumerian gives you a web-based editor that you can use to quickly and easily create realistic, professional-quality scenes. There’s a visual scripting tool that lets you build logic to control how objects and characters (Sumerian Hosts) respond to user actions. Sumerian also lets you create rich, natural interactions powered by AWS services such as Amazon Lex, Polly, AWS Lambda, AWS IoT, and Amazon DynamoDB.

Sumerian was designed to work on multiple platforms. The VR and AR apps that you create in Sumerian will run in browsers that supports WebGL or WebVR and on popular devices such as the Oculus Rift, HTC Vive, and those powered by iOS or Android.

During the preview period, we have been working with a broad spectrum of customers to put Sumerian to the test and to create proof of concept (PoC) projects designed to highlight an equally broad spectrum of use cases, including employee education, training simulations, field service productivity, virtual concierge, design and creative, and brand engagement. Fidelity Labs (the internal R&D unit of Fidelity Investments), was the first to use a Sumerian host to create an engaging VR experience. Cora (the host) lives within a virtual chart room. She can display stock quotes, pull up company charts, and answer questions about a company’s performance. This PoC uses Amazon Polly to implement text to speech and Amazon Lex for conversational chatbot functionality. Read their blog post and watch the video inside to see Cora in action:

Now that Sumerian is generally available, you have the power to create engaging AR, VR, and 3D experiences of your own. To learn more, visit the Amazon Sumerian home page and then spend some quality time with our extensive collection of Sumerian Tutorials.

Jeff;

 

Brutus 2: the gaming PC case of your dreams

Post Syndicated from Janina Ander original https://www.raspberrypi.org/blog/brutus-2-gaming-pc-case/

Attention, case modders: take a look at the Brutus 2, an extremely snazzy computer case with a partly transparent, animated side panel that’s powered by a Pi. Daniel Otto and Carsten Lehman have a current crowdfunder for the case; their video is in German, but the looks of the build speak for themselves. There are some truly gorgeous effects here.

der BRUTUS 2 by 3nb Gaming

Vorbestellungen ab sofort auf https://www.startnext.com/brutus2 Weitere Infos zu uns auf: https://3nb.de https://www.facebook.com/3nb.de https://www.instagram.com/3nb.de Über 3nb: – GbR aus Leipzig, gegründet 2017 – wir kommen aus den Bereichen Elektronik und Informatik – erstes Produkt: der Brutus One ein Gaming PC mit transparentem Display in der Seite Kurzinfo Brutus 2: – Markencomputergehäuse für Gaming- /Casemoddingszene – Besonderheit: animiertes Seitenfenster angesteuert mit einem Raspberry Pi – Vorteile von unserem Case: o Case ist einzeln lieferbar und nicht nur als komplett-PC o kein Leistungsverbrauch der Grafikkarte dank integriertem Raspberry Pi o bessere Darstellung von Texten und Grafiken durch unscharfen Hintergrund

What’s case modding?

Case modding just means modifying your computer or gaming console’s case, and it’s very popular in the gaming community. Some mods are functional, while others improve the way the case looks. Lots of dedicated gamers don’t only want a powerful computer, they also want it to look amazing — at home, or at LAN parties and games tournaments.

The Brutus 2 case

The Brutus 2 case is made by Daniel and Carsten’s startup, 3nb electronics, and it’s a product that is officially Powered by Raspberry Pi. Its standout feature is the semi-transparent TFT screen, which lets you play any video clip you choose while keeping your gaming hardware on display. It looks incredibly cool. All the graphics for the case’s screen are handled by a Raspberry Pi, so it doesn’t use any of your main PC’s GPU power and your gaming won’t suffer.

Brutus 2 PC case powered by Raspberry Pi

The software

To use Brutus 2, you just need to run a small desktop application on your PC to choose what you want to display on the case. A number of neat animations are included, and you can upload your own if you want.

So far, the app only runs on Windows, but 3nb electronics are planning to make the code open-source, so you can modify it for other operating systems, or to display other file types. This is true to the spirit of the case modding and Raspberry Pi communities, who love adapting, retrofitting, and overhauling projects and code to fit their needs.

Brutus 2 PC case powered by Raspberry Pi

Daniel and Carsten say that one of their campaign’s stretch goals is to implement more functionality in the Brutus 2 app. So in the future, the case could also show things like CPU temperature, gaming stats, and in-game messages. Of course, there’s nothing stopping you from integrating features like that yourself.

If you have any questions about the case, you can post them directly to Daniel and Carsten here.

The crowdfunding campaign

The Brutus 2 campaign on Startnext is currently halfway to its first funding goal of €10000, with over three weeks to go until it closes. If you’re quick, you still be may be able to snatch one of the early-bird offers. And if your whole guild NEEDS this, that’s OK — there are discounts for bulk orders.

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Police Launch Investigation into Huge Pirate Manga Site Mangamura

Post Syndicated from Andy original https://torrentfreak.com/police-launch-investigation-into-huge-pirate-manga-site-mangamura-180514/

Back in March, Japan’s Chief Cabinet Secretary Yoshihide Suga said that the government was considering measures to prohibit access to pirate sites.

While protecting all content is the overall aim, it became clear that the government was determined to protect Japan’s successful manga and anime industries.

It didn’t take long for a reaction. On Friday April 13, the government introduced emergency website blocking measures, seeking cooperation from the country’s ISPs.

NTT Communications Corp., NTT Docomo Inc. and NTT Plala Inc., quickly announced they would block three leading pirate sites – Mangamura, AniTube! and MioMio which have a huge following in Japan. However, after taking the country by storm during the past two years, Mangamura had already called it quits.

On April 17, in the wake of the government announcement, Mangamura disappeared. It’s unclear whether its vanishing act was directly connected to recent developments but a program on national public broadcasting organization NHK, which claimed to have traced the site’s administrators back to the United States, Ukraine, and other regions, can’t have helped.

Further details released this morning reveal the intense pressure Mangamura was under. With 100 million visits a month it was bound to attract attention and according to Mainichi, several publishing giants ran out of patience last year and reported the platform to the authorities.

Kodansha, Japan’s largest publisher, and three other companies filed criminal complaints with Fukuoka Prefectural Police, Oita Prefectural Police, and other law enforcement departments, claiming the site violated their rights.

“The complaints, which were lodged against an unknown suspect or suspects, were filed on behalf of manga artists who are copyright holders to the pirated works, including Hajime Isayama and Eiichiro Oda, known for their wildly popular ‘Shingeki no Kyojin’ (‘Attack on Titan,’ published by Kodansha) and ‘One Piece’ (Shueisha Inc.), respectively,” the publication reports.

Mangamura launch in January 2016 and became a huge hit in Japan. Anti-piracy group Content Overseas Distribution Association (CODA), which counts publishing giant Kodansha among its members, reports that between September 2017 and February 2018, the site was accessed 620 million times.

Based on a “one visit, one manga title read” formula, CODA estimates that the site caused damages to the manga industry of 319.2 billion yen – around US$2.91 billion.

As a result, police are now stepping up their efforts to identify Mangamura’s operators. Whether that will prove fruitful will remain to be seen but in the meantime, Japan’s site-blocking efforts continue to cause controversy.

As reported last month, lawyer and NTT customer Yuichi Nakazawa launched legal action against NTT, demanding that the corporation immediately end its site-blocking operations.

“NTT’s decision was made arbitrarily on the site without any legal basis. No matter how legitimate the objective of copyright infringement is, it is very dangerous,” Nakazawa told TorrentFreak.

“I felt that ‘freedom,’ which is an important value of the Internet, was threatened. Actually, when the interruption of communications had begun, the company thought it would be impossible to reverse the situation, so I filed a lawsuit at this stage.”

Japan’s Constitution and its Telecommunications Business Act both have “no censorship” clauses, meaning that site-blocking has the potential to be ruled illegal. It’s also illegal in Japan to invade the privacy of Internet users’ communications, which some observers have argued is necessary if users are to be prevented from accessing pirate sites.

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