Originally posted at Wired FOR THE PAST year, Apple has touted a mathematical tool that it describes as a solution to a paradoxical problem: mining user data while simultaneously protecting user privacy. That secret weapon is “differential privacy,” a novel field of data science that focuses on carefully adding random noise to...

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The European Union’s new data privacy rules will make companies worldwide clean up their online security.

Sweeping reforms are set to take charge of European consumers’ online privacy and data concerns next spring, but the impact could be global — and a huge win for consumer privacy advocates. The regulation applies if the companies collecting or storing data are based in the European Union or deal...

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2017 Affordability Drivers Index Report

The 2017 Affordability Report explores the policy progress made across 58 low- and middle-income countries. According to the report it does not provide a direct measure of affordability; rather, it scores all 58 countries based on an in-depth analysis of communications infrastructure and access and affordability indicators. Good scores...

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The World’s Largest Biometric Database is Leaking Indian Citizens’ Data — But Keeps On Growing

Global Voices Over the last few months, the Indian twittersphere has been awash with citizens concerned about government websites leaking millions of individual digital ID numbers. On May 1, the Centre for Internet and Society, a multi-disciplinary think tank in Bangalore, released a report indicating that faulty information security practices have exposed as many as 135...

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EU to propose new rules targeting encrypted apps in June

The European Commission will propose new measures in June to make it easier for police to access data on internet messaging apps like WhatsApp, EU Justice Commissioner Věra Jourová said yesterday (28 March), heeding calls from national interior ministers. Jourová said she will announce “three or four options” including...

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Three challenges for the web, according to its inventor

Originally posted by Web Foundation Today marks 28 years since I submitted my original proposal for the world wide web. I imagined the web as an open platform that would allow everyone, everywhere to share information, access opportunities and collaborate across geographic and cultural boundaries. In many ways, the web has...

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Fighting for Freedom of Speech in Uganda – The Untold Story

Originally published by CRD During the last decade, several laws that impinge on Internet freedom have been adopted in Uganda. While some of these laws are pure cyber laws that exclusively deal with the digital environment, other laws contain provisions that have far reaching effects on the scope of...

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