Monthly Archives: July 2015

Estonian police to set up cyber crime unit


The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board is in a process of forming a dedicated cyber crime unit to deal with crimes that target information technology. The unit will start in 2016 and will employ 8 experts, working under the Central Criminal Police department. It will be put in charge of the cases where the criminal motive has been to harm computers or IT. The unit will also support other police departments with know-how and skills.


Estonian blocked as UN’s first digital privacy investigator


The Estonian picked as the United Nation’s first digital privacy investigator was blocked on Friday by the German president of the UN Human Rights Council, after activist groups said she would not be a strong enough critic of US surveillance.

Nyman-Metcalf said she also found it bizarre that she had been criticised for saying there was no such thing as total privacy. “We all see these surveillance scandals and of course that’s upsetting, but at the same time there’s more and more pressure to do something against terrorism. There are lots of things that are pushing in different directions.”

Estonian ambassador Juri Seilenthal told Reuters that there needed to be privacy guarantees but “terrorists and child pornographers” must not be able to benefit from a right to privacy.

It would be more prudent for Estonian policy-makers to change the rhetoric to the one laid down in the Keys Under Doormats report:

Lawmakers should not risk the real economic, geopolitical, and strategic benefits of an open and secure Internet for law enforcement gains that are at best minor and tactical.


Interdisciplinary Cyber Research workshop 2015


18th of July, 2015 — Tallinn, Estonia

The aim of the workshop is to bring together young as well as established scholars undertaking research in various disciplines related to information and communication technologies such as computer sciences, political and social sciences, and law. Attending the ICR workshop is free of charge and also open for participants who have not submitted an abstract (registration for non-authors is here). Travel to/from Tallinn and accommodation is to be covered by the participants.

9:30​ – Opening words, ​Tallinn University of Technology
9:35​ – Keynote presentation, ​“Data Sovereignty, Data Flow, and International Jurisdiction in Cloud Computing, ​Prof Christopher Millard​, Queen Mary University of London
10:05​ -Keynote presentation, ​“Gnawing Away at Internet of Things Silos”, ​Prof Jon Crowcroft​, University of Cambridge
Session 1: State and Cyber (Room 1)
“Governance of Cyber-Security in Elections”, ​Prof Robert Krimmer​, Tallinn University of Technology
“E-Estonia under an Actor Network Theory Perspective”, ​Carlos Vargas Alvarez Del Castillo​, Tallinn University
Session 2: Education and Digital Safety (Room 2)
“Representation of Snowden ́s Scandal in Estonian Media: Semiotic Logic of Fear”, Mari-Liis Madisson​, University of Tartu
Session 3: Privacy (Room 1)
“Tor Does Not Stink: Use and Abuse of the Tor Anonymity Network from the Perspective of Law”, Tomas Minarik​, NATO CCD COE
Session 4: Tech I (Room 2)
Session 5: Law (Room 1)
“ISP Liability & the Delfi case”, Karmen Turk​, University of Tartu
Session 6: Tech II (Room 2)

Registration deadline for non-authors: 10th of July 2015