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The View From Estonia

September 20, 2014
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A few days ago the Russian foreign ministry’s human rights ombudsman (oxymoron?), Konstantin Dolgov, announced at a conference in Riga that Russian minorities abroad were facing basic rights infringements on a regular basis. The usual suspects were to blame: “the ceaseless growth of xenophobic and neo-Nazi sentiments in the world” and their influence on governmental…

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The Crimean Cyber-Troubles Ramp Up

March 23, 2014
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The Crimean Cyber-Troubles Ramp Up

  Peter Rietveld and Diederik Perk. The intensified Crimean crisis has seen cyber-warfare as one of its main drivers. Dozens of networks in the Ukraine are infected, government systems among them, with malicious software that secretly performs surveillance, sustains privileged access to networks and databases and may…

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Cyber forces heat up the Crimean ‘Cold War’: Will our ‘dykes’ hold out?

March 6, 2014
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Cyber forces heat up the Crimean ‘Cold War’: Will our ‘dykes’ hold out?

Peter Rietveld and Diederik Perk There’s no escaping the growing tensions in Ukraine. A conflict on many levels has taken a violent, military turn. The digital dimension took center stage during previous conflicts involving Russia in the former Soviet space, such as with Estonia and Georgia: these conflicts are also…

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Polishing the Present, Dodging the Past

December 22, 2013
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Polishing the Present, Dodging the Past

  On 10 December Minister of the Interior Ronald Plasterk presented a National Human Rights Action Plan to  parliament. This is a first for the Netherlands, and in doing so it…

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Watching the Watchers

December 6, 2013
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Oversight of the intelligence services is now the big topic. While half the population apparently expects their phones to be tapped, politics is finally starting to rumble on the issue.…

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Spy vs. ‘Spy’

November 26, 2013
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Spy vs. ‘Spy’

The Atlantic Alliance has been through many upheavals in its 65-odd years. Since June this year the revelations from Edward Snowden on the communications surveillance practices of the National Security…

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