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/