Monthly Archives: September 2018

Last week in digital rights

I’ve been really busy and 1) missed a week (or two?) and 2) fell behind on my reading.

Neato things happening in free software

* Firefox’s new browser will keep brands from stalking you – Mozilla to
take more aggressive measures for our privacy –
https://www.wired.com/story/firefoxs-new-browser-will-keep-brands-from-stalking

* New GNOME release, Almeria, announced – https://lwn.net/Articles/764219/

Quite interesting

* Life behind the tinfoil curtain – Read about how a hacker sysadmin
plays out his use of security in a day-to-day –
https://lwn.net/Articles/764048/

Facebook, Google, and other Monoliths

* Why California’s privacy law won’t hurt Facebook or Google –
California introduced CCPA (California Consumer Privacy Act), which is
like a weak version of GDPR –
https://www.wired.com/story/why-californias-privacy-law-wont-hurt-facebook-or-google

* The solo JS developer challenging Google and Facebook – Vue is made by
one dude and is a FLOSS JS framework that’s gaining traction. –
https://www.wired.com/story/the-solo-javascript-developer-challenging-google-facebook

* Facebook blocking local news stories – Facebook is blocking local news
stories (by accident?) –
https://www.wired.com/story/what-happens-when-facebook-mistakenly-blocks-local-news-stories/

* Linux foundation continues growing – The LF just got a lot bigger. The
LF is the home of the Linux Kernel project. – https://www.linuxfoundation.org/press-release/2018/08/linux-foundation-continues-growing-at-more-than-a-member-a-day-with-addition-of-fifty-one-silver-and-associate-members-in-one-month/

* Not in our name: Another Article 13 post – Another article 13 post,
from the perspective of European creators –

Not in our name: Why European creators must oppose the EU’s proposal to limit linking and censor the internet

Other people doing things we probably don’t agree with

* Motorola patents a robocop autonomous car – Cause that’s going to be accountable to people processed by it –

Motorola patents a robocop autonomous car that brethalyzes, mirandizes you, calls your lawyer and collects your bail

* Nintendo’s promised cloud saves won’t work for every game – Why is
this a software freedom issue? It means that games people purchase (and
their saves, even) are being controlled, with a high probability
of DRM involvement –
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/09/turns-out-nintendos-promised-cloud-saves-on-switch-wont-work-for-every-game/

* Verizon lobbyist runs for NY AG – And wants to recuse herself from NY
state suing the FCC about net neutrality… –
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/09/verizon-lobbyist-runs-for-ny-ag-as-the-state-sues-fcc-over-net-neutrality-repeal/

Oops

* Required online access in order to use headphones leaves flyer without
noise canceling benefits – https://twitter.com/ow/status/1037362225122553856

* Xbox adaptive controller is now out – and is a little less accessible
than hoped for –
https://arstechnica.com/gaming/2018/09/xbox-adaptive-controller-retail-impressions-a-bold-start-for-limited-gamers/

Last week in digital rights

Every week, I send an email to my colleagues sharing some articles I’ve read.

Data

– How smartphones are becoming a weapon in the fight against
tuberculosis – TB patients can send their doctors encrypted videos of
them taking pills. Why is this a rights issue, as opposed to a cool bit
of news? Proprietary software and encryption, my friends. Proprietary
software and encryption. Medical data is very personal, and at risk
anytime we’re trusting software to protect it. –
https://www.statnews.com/2018/08/21/tuberculosis-smartphones-disease-surveillance/
– Spyware company leaves “terabytes’ of selfies, text messages, and
location data exposed online – Spyfone is one of the companies out there
that sells mobile surveillance technology to the general public. It
turns out they’re storing the data they gather in insecure ways. Plus,
you know, monitoring people without their consent. –
https://motherboard.vice.com/en_us/article/9kmj4v/spyware-company-spyfone-terabytes-data-exposed-online-leak

Licensing

– Commons Clause – Redis releases the commons clause, which is
effectively a non-commercial addenum to other licenses, making them
non-free. – https://redislabs.com/community/commons-clause/

Bad government policies

– Verizon throttled fire department’s “unlimited” data during Calif.
wildfire – “Fire dep’t had to pay twice as much to life throttling
during wildfire response.” This isn’t quite about net neutrality, but it relates. –
https://arstechnica.com/tech-policy/2018/08/verizon-throttled-fire-departments-unlimited-data-during-calif-wildfire/
– Save your internet – Some of our friends in the EU had a day of action about Article 13 – https://saveyourinternet.today/

Technical

– Vulnerability affects all OpenSSH versions released in the past two
decades – Security researchers from Qualys discovered a security bug in
OpenSSH –
https://www.bleepingcomputer.com/news/security/vulnerability-affects-all-openssh-versions-released-in-the-past-two-decades/
– Two rounds of stable kernels released – Some cool peeps are fixing the
L1 vulnerability, mentioned last week –
https://lwn.net/Articles/762938/
– CVW-2018-5390 and “embargoes – some thoughts on embargoes on security
bugs – https://lwn.net/Articles/762512/