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July 17 2017

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Payment Processors Are Profiling Heavy Metal Fans as Terrorists

If you happen to be a fan of the heavy metal band Isis (an unfortunate name, to be sure), you may have trouble ordering its merchandise online. Last year, Paypal suspended a fan who ordered an Isis t-shirt, presumably on the false assumption that there was some association between the heavy metal band and the terrorist group ISIS.

Then last month Internet scholar and activist Sascha Meinrath discovered that entering words such as "ISIS" (or "Isis"), or "Iran", or (probably) other words from this U.S. government blacklist in the description field for a Venmo payment will result in an automatic block on that payment, requiring you to complete a pile of paperwork if you want to see your money again. This is even if the full description field is something like "Isis heavy metal album" or "Iran kofta kebabs, yum."

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Netzneutralität: Jahresbericht deckt Verstöße gegen das offene Internet auf

Gesperrte Webseiten, blockierte Dienste wie Telefonie über das Internet oder ein verlangsamter Zugriff auf bestimmte Angebote: In ihrem am Freitag Abend veröffentlichten Jahresbericht „Netzneutralität in Deutschland“ (PDF) zieht die Bundesnetzagentur (BNetzA) erstmals Bilanz über Verstöße gegen die europäischen Regeln zur Netzneutralität. Der Bericht deckt den Zeitraum zwischen Mai 2016 und April 2017 ab.

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Australian PM Calls for End-to-End Encryption Ban, Says the Laws of Mathematics Don't Apply Down Under

"The laws of mathematics are very commendable but the only law that applies in Australia is the law of Australia", said Australian Prime Minister Malcolm Turnbull today. He has been rightly mocked for this nonsense claim, that foreshadows moves to require online messaging providers to provide law enforcement with back door access to encrypted messages. He explained that "We need to ensure that the internet is not used as a dark place for bad people to hide their criminal activities from the law." It bears repeating that Australia is part of the secretive spying and information sharing Five Eyes alliance.

But despite the well-deserved mockery that ensued, we shouldn't make too much light of the real risk that this poses to Internet freedom in Australia.

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Das selbstfahrende Auto wird wohl kein vollständig autonomes Auto werden: Leitzentralen sollen ein Auge auf die Kraftwagen werfen und ihnen beratend zur Seite stehen.

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