The VPN wars and the Powerless State

Google offers its VPN also to Italian users, and Apple is preparing to do the same with a similar service, as is – on the activist side – Mozilla. The security of individuals increases (perhaps), the sovereignty of the State decreases (indeed). Moreover, the cybersecurity agency can do nothing about it. The analysis of Andrea Monti, adjunct professor of Digital Law at the University of Chieti-Pescara – Initially published in Italian by Formiche.net

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Hong Kong’s national security law is another example of lawfare

A Hong Kong special tribunal convicted a citizen of violating the National Security Act imposed by Beijing. Formally in line with Western regulations, this law is a ballistic weapon capable of hitting the US, EU and UK by Andrea Monti – Adjunct Professor of Digital Law at the University of Chieti-Pescara Continue reading “Hong Kong’s national security law is another example of lawfare”

The Great Game

by Andrea Monti – Initially published in Italian on Strategikon, an Italian Tech blog

On 30 May 2021, Denmark Radio (DR), the Danish public broadcaster, found out that, between 2012 and 2014, Finnish military intelligence collaborated with the US National Security Agency (NSA), allowing it to “wiretap” Danish submarine cables on which data and conversations pass to spy on European persons of interest. DR carried out the investigative report with its Swedish, Norwegian and German counterparts and the newspapers Süddeutsche Zeitung and Le Monde. The report added new details to what emerged in 2013 when Edward Snowden’s leaks gave us an idea of what was going on. Continue reading “The Great Game”

Bulk-interception and National Security according to the European Court of Human Rights

The European Court of Human Rights establishes essential principles for the protection of national security. Bulk interception cannot be banned, but it must be possible to control the use governments make of it. by Andrea Monti, adjunct professor of Digital Law at the University of Chieti-Pescara – Initially published in Italian by Formiche.net Continue reading “Bulk-interception and National Security according to the European Court of Human Rights”