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30 June, 2004
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Reporters Without Borders have published their annual overview of government surveillance and censorship of the internet. The report exposes the crackdown on cyber-dissidents in routinely authoritarian regimes, such as China, but also pays a lot of attention to surveillance in traditionally democratic countries. "The report should not be seen as a kind of ranking of regimes by their repression of the internet, but more as an appeal for vigilance in countries where, as in democracies, it's still possible to expose abuses and flaws. And also an appeal for solidarity with those who are flagrantly deprived of freedom, such as the 70 or so cyber-dissidents currently in prison around the world".

Internet under surveillance 2004 (June 2004)
http://www.rsf.org/rubrique.php3?id_rubrique=433

The OECD Privacy Online report is focused on the implementation of the OECD Privacy Guidelines online and "reflects the OECD ministerial high-level objective to build bridges between different national approaches in order to ensure the effective protection of privacy and personal data as well as the continued transborder flow of personal data on global networks". The reader shouldn't feel intimidated by the volume of the report as the actual practical guide only consists of 5 out of the 390 pages.

Privacy Online: OECD guidance on policy and practice (24.06.2004)
http://www1.oecd.org/publications/e-book/9303051e.pdf

 

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