Research articles on Privacy & Security

Re-thinking civil disobedience


Theresa Züger, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
PUBLISHED ON: 11 Nov 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.4.216

Civil disobedience is a familiar and well established phenomenon in Western societies. Currently, this concept of political action is challenged by new practices evolving on and around the internet. This paper focusses on the question of whether several forms of digital civil disobedience are legitimate.

Flawed cloud architectures and the rise of decentral alternatives


Primavera De Filippi, Research and Studies Center of Administrative Science (CERSA/CNRS), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
PUBLISHED ON: 01 Nov 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.4.212

Currently dominant cloud services raise challenges in terms of security, privacy and user autonomy. Decentralisation, advocated by civil society, may overcome some of the drawbacks.

Do as the Swedes do? Internet policy and regulation in Sweden – a snapshot


Merlin Münch, Alexander von Humboldt Institute for Internet and Society
PUBLISHED ON: 10 May 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.127

When it comes to information technology Sweden is considered to be at the forefront both in terms of technological innovation, as well as in progressive policy-making, regulation and internet freedom. It seems that from a policy perspective Sweden is an interesting example, as it is both perceived as free and neutral, while at the same time

Internet filtering trends in liberal democracies: French and German regulatory debates


Joss Wright, Oxford Internet Institute
Yana Breindl, Georg-August Universität Göttingen
PUBLISHED ON: 26 Apr 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.2.122

Liberal democracies are increasingly considering internet filtering as a means to assert state control over online information exchanges. A variety of filtering techniques have been implemented in Western states to prevent access to certain content deemed harmful. This development poses a series of democratic and ethical questions, particularly

Foreign clouds in the European sky: how US laws affect the privacy of Europeans


Primavera De Filippi, Research and Studies Center of Administrative Science (CERSA/CNRS), Université Paris II (Panthéon-Assas)
PUBLISHED ON: 19 Mar 2013 DOI: 10.14763/2013.1.113

Cloud computing provides a large number of advantages to many internet users. Most of the perceived benefits are related to the concept of ubiquity, or the ability to access data from anywhere at any time, regardless of the device used. Yet, these benefits come at a cost. The widespread deployment of cloud computing services is source of growing

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