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BREAKING :) abstract and download of my Ph.D. thesis ‘Securing Private Communications’ [open access]

The academic version of my thesis — titled ‘Securing Private Communications’ — is available online. I already committed it to the web in my previous blogpost on my public Ph.D. defense on 25 November 2015 (open to the public). But a friend of mine told me to once again post my abstract and download link for my thesis separately and make that clear in the title of the post. And make it BREAKING news. Ha! Here goes.  Continue reading BREAKING :) abstract and download of my Ph.D. thesis ‘Securing Private Communications’ [open access]

New Paper “Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution”, the NSA Statement, and Our Response

This post was published on Freedom to Tinker on 11 July 2014.

CBS News and a host of other outlets have covered my new paper with Sharon Goldberg, Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution: Warrantless Bulk Surveillance on Americans by Collecting Network Traffic Abroad. We’ll present the paper on July 18 at HotPETS [slides, pdf], right after a keynote by Bill Binney (the NSA whistleblower), and at TPRC in September. In the CBS piece, the NSA responds to our paper in a clever way that avoids addressing what our paper is actually about – here’s our reaction. Continue reading New Paper “Loopholes for Circumventing the Constitution”, the NSA Statement, and Our Response

Hoe NSA Surveillance van Amerikanen Vanuit Buitenland de V.S. Grondwet Omzeilt [Nieuw Paper]

An English version of this post was published on Freedom to Tinker on 12 May 2014.

Vandaag komt het langverwachte boek van Glenn Greenwald uit, ‘No Place to Hide’. Naast persoonlijke verhalen over samenwerken met klokkenluider Edward Snowden, belooft Greenwald nieuwe onthullingen van surveillance praktijken van Westerse inlichtingendiensten. In de laatste weken, heb ik samen met Sharon Goldberg (Computer Science, Boston University) een publicatie voorbereid over ‘Executive Order 12333’. Volgens de NSA is dit besluit van President Reagan de ‘belangrijkste juridische grondslag’ voor massale surveillance buiten de V.S. In ons paper beargumenteren we dat ‘EO 12333’ juridische mazen mogelijk maakt in de Amerikaanse Grondwet, waardoor diensten als de NSA vrij van toezicht door het V.S. Congres of de rechter en andere juridische waarborgen Amerikaanse communicatie kunnen afluisteren en analyseren.

Als onafhankelijke onderzoeker, kunnen we natuurlijk  niet weten wat Amerikaanse diensten precies uitvoeren. Maar ons centrale punt is, dat de wetten en de techniek het mogelijk maken om de Amerikaanse Grondwet, die overigens alleen bescherming biedt voor Amerikanen, te omzeilen.  Hiermee willen we de wetenschappelijke en de politieke discussie in Amerika informeren: denk niet dat nationaliteit een waarborg is tegen de sleepnetten van je eigen diensten.

Sharon en ik vragen ons nu af: zal het nieuwe boek van Greenwald onze theoretische bevindingen bevestigen met nieuwe onthullingen? Gisteren publiceerde Greenwald ineens een flarde over het hacken van routers, die bestemd zijn voor het buitenland. Het zou dus zomaar kunnen. Hier de samenvatting van ons paper, volgende week de eerste versie online. Continue reading Hoe NSA Surveillance van Amerikanen Vanuit Buitenland de V.S. Grondwet Omzeilt [Nieuw Paper]

Historic E.U. Net Neutrality Win Shows Maturing Digital Rights Advocacy

After a 5-year long campaign by European and U.S. digital rights NGOs, today the European Parliament turned a dubious Commission proposal on its head to safeguard the principle of net neutrality. It’s a historic win, and all over the news. It also shows how digital rights advocacy is maturing. Continue reading Historic E.U. Net Neutrality Win Shows Maturing Digital Rights Advocacy

Translation Dutch Net Freedom Laws 2011: Net Neutrality, No Commercial Wiretapping, No 3 Strikes

If there’s one thing U.S. researchers know about the state of the web in The Netherlands, it’s that those Lower Countries got their act together when net neutrality became law in 2012. Hell, even the New York Times ran a story, as it was the first net neutrality law in Europe, the second in the world after Chile. These days, net neutrality is the talk of the town both in the U.S. and the E.U., but it seems further away than ever: the U.S. Senate has scheduled a hearing about the Comcast/Time Warner Cable merger, creating a telco giant with huge power of internet access provision. And at the E.U. level, the issue is up for vote in the Pariament – and it doesn’t look too good. The key provisions from the Dutch internet freedom legislative package may provide some inspiration in times of desperation. They cover net neutrality, a prohibition on commercial wiretapping (DPI), and one on three strikes copyright enforcement. Continue reading Translation Dutch Net Freedom Laws 2011: Net Neutrality, No Commercial Wiretapping, No 3 Strikes