British-Israeli Cyberpact Signed

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Israel and the U.K. have signed an agreement on digital government services, which they say will help citizens and the private sector, as well as boosting economic growth.

Israel and the U.K. will “work together to make sure that each country has the capability and ability to develop digital public services,” the Memorandum of Understanding states. They will also develop other ways of collaborating internationally.

Under the deal, Israel will also be joining the D8 group of advanced digital countries, which is being established under British intiative. South Korea, New Zealand, Estonia and Singapore are also members.

The pact was signed by Liam Maxwell, Government Chief Technology Officer, on behalf of the U.K. Government Digital Service (GDS), and by Harel Locker, Director-General of Prime Minister Benjmain Netanyahu’s office, as British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Israel last week.

“Open markets with open standards everyone can use is a key approach the U.K. is taking to building a digital government based on user needs,” Maxwell said. The pact will enable the two countries to exchange information and experiences on open markets, open standards and open source, he said.

Locker, meanwhile, lauded Britain’s experience in digital services, adding that, with the new pact, Israel will be able to benefit from those experiences. “On our part, we offer the British and the D8 countries Israeli innovation and creativity, including in cyber security,” he said.

Minister for the Cabinet Office Francis Maude in turn praised Israel’s “forward-thinking approach to digital innovation,” and added,There’s a great deal we can learn from one another.”

One Response to British-Israeli Cyberpact Signed

  1. Adm 17/03/2014 at 20:57 #

    Cyberpact’s Coarse Print

    In March 2014, British Prime Minister David Cameron visited Palestine and Israel. In Palestine, there were demonstrations against the British support of Israel while most Israelis were apathetic on the verge of phlegmatic regarding the event.

    Seeing that the people were not paying attention, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed at the Israeli Prime Minister’s office by Liam Maxwell, Government Chief Technology Officer, on behalf of the UK Government Digital Service (GDS), and by Harel Locker, Director-General of the Israeli Prime Minister’s office.

    The document stipulates that both countries will exchange information and experiences around open markets, open standards and open source, work together to make sure that each country has the capability and ability to develop digital public services, and develop other ways of working together internationally.

    Mr. Locker said “The British experience in the field of digital services is important and extensive, and this agreement will allow Israel to benefit from that experience. On our part, we offer the British and the D8 countries Israeli innovation and creativity, including in cyber security.” His use of D8 was misleading; he did not mean the Developing 8 Countries organization, but the Digital 8. However, this is loose change compared to what hides behind the bland definition of the agreement.

    Israel’s government presence on the web is recent. On November 29, 2010, it decided to develop the Government Database as part of its Available Government Policy (“mimshal zamin” in Hebrew). The project is intended for public use and includes all non-classified activities of the government, including its budget. The Shin Beth and Mossad budgets were never an official part of the published budget; this discrepancy is already causing legal troubles to the government ( Mossad Stews Large Operation. Where?).

    While dealing with both Brits and Israelis, one should read the fine print, and then again. Israeli violations of its agreement with Palestine are proverbial, but the UK has a similarly questionable record. A good example is even related to cyberspace.

    The UK’s Wireless Telegraphy Act 2006 forbids the “use of any apparatus, whether or not wireless telegraphy apparatus, for the purpose of interfering with any wireless telegraphy” anywhere within the UK. Protecting oneself from tracking through a wireless device is simple. I described in The Cross of Bethlehem how at certain stage of my persecution I shielded my pocket PC, and the dramatic results of this simple action.

    The meaning of the words cited from the act is that creating a Faraday Shield around your own phone is illegal. That’s strange. Why does the Act forbid that? Because then you would become invisible to the violating police attempting to violate your privacy.

    This is a clear violation of Article 12 of Universal Declaration of Human Rights, by one of the main countries claiming to defend it.

    The new agreement hides a similar monster.
    Cameron and Netanyahu

    Cameron, left, and Netanyahu during their joint news conference in Jerusalem March 12, 2014. Photo by Reuters
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    The British government website was surprisingly efficient convincing me that leftovers of the traditional British common sense still exist. Its justification for the e-government project was as nice as a regal high-tea. “We want to make public services simpler, clearer and faster for users and make government services more efficient. By doing this we will reduce waste, save money and improve government services to make them more effective for those who need them.”

    However, there is a price to niceness. One of the top level strategic goals of the government is “Keeping the UK safe in cyber space.” Within the long list of guidelines, a new service of informants hides: “introduced a single reporting system for people to report financially motivated cyber crime through Action Fraud, the UK’s national 24/7 fraud and internet crime reporting centre…” and “are establishing CERT-UK in early 2014, a new organisation to improve co-ordination of national cyber incidents and share technical information between countries.”

    This is where the basis for the agreement with Israel is formally defined in the British government policies. Israel’s presence on the issue is more focused. It created and run the Sochi War Room during the Olympic Winter Games, which implemented an extensive surveillance system run from the web.

    Thus, there is a match here, the Brits provides a good strategic solution to online government, while Israel provides innovative web surveillance technologies. Big Brother speaks with a Cockney accent while his younger, hummus-eating aide hits consonants with nuclear power.

    We, the people, laugh at those claiming to protect the law while breaking along their violent path the human rights promoted by the laws of their home countries. Yes, Prime Ministers, you are bigots.

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