While the US government is giving ISPs free rein to track their customers’ Internet usage for purposes of serving personalized advertisements, some Internet users are determined to fill their browsing history with junk so ISPs can’t discover their real browsing habits. Scripts and browser extensions might be able to fill your Web history with random searches and site visits. But will this actually fool an ISP that scans your Web traffic and shares it with advertising networks? Electronic Frontier Foundation Senior Staff Technologist Jeremy Gillula is skeptical but hopes he’s wrong. “I'd love to be proven wrong about this,” he told Ars. “I'd want to see solid research showing how well such a noise-creation system works on a large scale before I trust it." [...]
[...] Smith agreed with Gillula that creating browser noise “isn’t a full solution, and that counters are possible,” but he remains optimistic that it can be an important tool for preserving user privacy alongside initiatives like HTTPS Everywhere and other privacy-protecting technologies.
Documents reviewed by The Verge detail the beginning of a new plan to attack piracy after the federal SOPA efforts failed by working with state attorneys general and major ISPs like Comcast to expand court power over the way data is served. If successful, the result would fundamentally alter the open nature of the internet.
Sujet Abordé pendant l'AG FFDN, papier plus qu'intéressant: A new handbook to help governments invest in broadband. The guide is useful for any public authority investing in broadband or looking at co-funding projects with EU structural and investment funds.
A Swedish ISP has deleted all retained customer data after European Union laws that require communications providers to retain metadata were invalidated by the EU’s supreme court earlier this week. The ISP on Thursday called on other providers to do the same.
Under EU rules, telecommunications and Internet providers are required to retain data necessary to identify the subscriber, as well as traffic and location data, in order to help investigations of serious crimes and terrorism. However, the EU’s Data Retention Directive was invalidated on Tuesday by the Court of Justice of the EU (CJEU), which ruled that the directive seriously interferes with fundamental privacy rights.
We are a broad, international coalition of network engineers, community change makers, researchers, architects, and thinkers that are building decentralized and autonomous communications infrastructure. We know that the Internet is deeply broken, and we are rebuilding, from the inside out. We mitigate the ills of interception and interference on the net by facilitating networks that are owned, operated, and governed by the people that use them. This international free networks coalition aims to be the next step toward bridging successful local initiatives into a wide federation with global impact.
RuralLab propose à tous un wifi ouvert, gratuit et sans mot de passe dans une (grande) partie du bourg de Néons sur Creuse: le parc (ou jardin) municipal, les bâtiments autour, avec un seul routeur wifi, le signal étant bloqué par divers murs à droite à gauche, mais permet autour de la place et du parc de pouvoir accéder à un réseau wifi de bonne qualité.
Here’s a simple truth: the internet has radically changed the world. Over the course of the past 20 years, the idea of networking all the world’s computers has gone from a research science pipe dream to a necessary condition of economic and social development, from government and university labs to kitchen tables and city streets. We are all travelers now, desperate souls searching for a signal to connect us all. It is awesome. And we’re fucking everything up. Massive companies like AT&T and Comcast have spent the first two months of 2014 boldly announcing plans to close and control the internet through additional fees, pay-to-play schemes, and sheer brutal size — all while the legal rules designed to protect against these kinds of abuses were struck down in court for basically making too much sense. “Broadband providers represent a threat to internet openness,” concluded Judge David Tatel in Verizon’s case against the FCC’s Open Internet order, adding that the FCC had provided ample evidence of internet companies abusing their market power and had made “a rational connection between the facts found and the choices made.” Verizon argued strenuously, but had offered the court “no persuasive reason to question that judgement.”
Several hundred Internet Service Provider (ISP) Peering Coordinators were interviewed over the past few years for the “Interconnection Strategies for ISPs”, “Internet Service Providers and Peering”, and “A Business Case for Peering” Internet Operations Research papers. In these previous works, we documented the commonly used terminology (Peering, Transit, Transport, etc.), the motivations, the financial justifications, and the process of peering.
Millions of people in the Netherlands will soon be able to regain access to The Pirate Bay after two local Internet providers won their appeal against the Hollywood-funded anti-piracy group BREIN. The Court of The Hague ruled today that the blockade is disproportionate, ineffective, and hinders the Internet providers’ entrepreneurial freedoms.
C'est un énorme pavé dans la mare que l'avocat général de la Cour de justice de l'UE vient de lancer, en remettant en cause la légalité de la directive qui organise la conservation des données de connexion des utilisateurs de l'internet. S'il est suivi, ce sera un désaveu cinglant pour les Etats membres et pour toute la lutte contre le terrorisme telle qu'elle est organisée aujourd'hui.
An anonymous reader writes "Eric Helgeson documents his experience with an unscrupulous ISP that was injecting affiliate IDs into the URLs for online retailers. 'It appears that the method they were using was to poison the A record of retailers and do a 301 redirect back to the www cname. This is due to the way apex, or 'naked' domain names work.' Upon contacting the ISP, they offered him access to two DNS servers that don't perform the injection, but they showed no indication that they would stop, or opt-out any other subscribers. (It was also the only wireless provider in his area, so he couldn't just switch to a competitor.) Helgeson then sent the data he gathered to the affiliate programs of major retailers on the assumption that they'd be upset by this as well. He was right, and they put a stop to it. He says, 'ISP's ask you to not do crummy things on their networks, so how about they don't do the same to their customers?'"
Pour lutter contre la surveillance du web et les atteintes à la neutralité du net, une association toulousaine a monté son propre fournisseur d’accès à Internet (FAI). Un an et demi plus tard, l’association relie plus de 150 foyers et croule sous les demandes. Reportage chez les pionniers de l’Internet associatif, libre et solidaire. Qui œuvrent également à réduire la fracture numérique en connectant au réseau squats urbains et hameaux ruraux.
You are interested in learning all the basics about running your own mail server using Debian Squeeze? Be my guest. All you need is a computer running Debian (Squeeze) and an internet connection. This tutorial explains step-by-step how to set up such a server and give you lots of background information in the process. Depending on the internet connection and server hardware you will be able to run a reliable mail service for thousands of domains and users. Soon you will be proud operator of a mail server that can:
receive and store email for your users from other mail servers on the internet
let your users retrieve the email through IMAP and POP3 - even using SSL-encrypted connections
receive and forward ("relay") email for your users using SMTP authentication
offer a webmail interface to read emails in a web browser
detect most spam emails and filter them out or tag them