CLIP-ings: August 30, 2013Internet Governance
The Spy Who Shagged Me: Most instances of willful misconduct by NSA surveillance employees were “LOVEINT” violations – where agents used NSA eavesdropping powers to spy on love interests; however, officials state that all LOVEINT violations were of overseas communications and that most were self-admitted.
Information Security & Cyberthreats
Pro-Syrian Hacks: After claiming credit for similar website attacks on the Washington Post, CNN and Time earlier in the month, the Syrian Electronic Army, “a pro-Syrian-regime hacker collective,” now pronounces responsibility for the most recent take-over of the New York Times’, Huffington Post UK’s and Twitter’s domain name servers.
Seeing Magenta: Claiming trademark rights in a certain shade of magenta, T-Mobile sues AT&T pre-paid subsidiary, Aio Wireless, over use of the color in its logo; Aio claims that this latest spat between the two wireless carriers is without merit.
Software Patent Ban: After five years of debate, and with carefully drafted language in light of TRIPS, New Zealand’s Parliament has passed a bill to ban software patents, but will still allow those already in existence to stand.
Free Expression & Censorship
A2K In Iran: After the U.S. lifted sanctions on the export of certain consumer communications products and services to Iran, Google and Apple have each removed restrictions on its offerings in the country; these market shifts that may signal increased access to information for the Iranian citizenry despite efforts by the Iranian government to stifle it.
On the Lighter Side
Instagram-parents: As urged in this Instagram primer for the old folks, “learning shouldn’t stop just because you almost have.”