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Amnesty: Detekt app fights government surveillance

Amnesty says its new web tool is the first step in fighting back against government surveillance, an industry that they say is growing.

According to the Coalition Against Unlawful Surveillance Exports, of which Amnesty is a member, trade in surveillance technologies is worth more than £3 billion.

Amnesty: Detekt app fights government surveillance. Credit: Amnesty

Last year, computer analyst Edward Snowden turned whistleblower as he leaked thousands of top secret documents exposing a global network of surveillance taking place under the command of the US's National Security Agency (NSA), as well as the UK's GCHQ.


Web tool allows scan for government surveillance spyware

A new tool has been released that allows web users to scan their devices for known surveillance spyware used by governments in computers and mobiles.

Developed by Amnesty International alongside a coalition of technology and human rights organisations, the web tool, called Detekt, has been made available to the public to download, and can identify the presence of spyware within systems.

Web tool allows scan for government surveillance spyware. Credit: PA

Marek Marczynski, the head of military, security and police at Amnesty, said: "Governments are increasingly using dangerous and sophisticated technology that allows them to read activists and journalists' private emails and remotely turn on their computer's camera or microphone to secretly record their activities.

Internet firms agree to do more to tackle terrorism online

Internet companies including Facebook, Google and Twitter have agreed to do more to tackle terrorist and extremist material online following talks with Downing Street.

These measures include introducing stricter filters, increased industry standards and better reporting mechanisms, a Number 10 spokesperson said.

Internet companies have agreed to do more to tackle terrorist and extremist material online Credit: Reuters

BT, Virgin, Sky and TalkTalk have also committed to host a "public reporting button" for extremist and terrorist material found online, similar to that already used to report child sexual exploitation.

David Cameron highlighted the "pressing challenge" of getting extremist material taken off the internet during his speech to the Australian Parliament earlier today.


Facebook boss: 'Social Network movie was hurtful'

The boss and founder of Facebook has said his feelings were hurt by Hollywood’s portrayal of him in The Social Network.

The 30-year-old billionaire Mark Zuckerberg said the 2010 film about how he created the social network while studying at Harvard, had “made up a bunch of stuff that I found kind of hurtful”.

“I haven’t spent a lot of time thinking about that movie in a while. I kind of blocked that one out,” he said in his first public Q&A session at Facebook’s Californian headquarters.

FBI arrests alleged operator of Silk Road 2.0 website

The FBI says it has arrested the operator of a notorious black market website in San Francisco.

Silk Road 2.0 was launched in November 2013 and authorities say it has enabled more than 100,000 people to anonymously buy and sell illegal drugs online.

The original iteration of Silk Road was seized in October last year.

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