Indiana Dairy Plans Marketing Tour to Chicago

first_imgHome News Feed Indiana Dairy Plans Marketing Tour to Chicago SHARE Facebook Twitter Previous articleRonald McDonald is a HypocriteNext articleGary Wilhelmi 6/1/2012 Weekly Column Andy Eubank By Andy Eubank – Jun 3, 2012 SHARE Later this month Indiana dairymen will be learning all about dairy marketing from fellow producers and marketing specialists during a trip to Chicago put together by the Indiana Professional Dairy Producers. The informative day includes a tour at the CME Group.Doug Leman with IPDP says most importantly producers will benefit from the market discussions.“As dairy farmers go a lot of times some of our shortfalls are in the marketing,” he told HAT. “I look at this as a real opportunity for IPDP to promote really what is our mission, education information to dairy farmers. So I just think this is going to be a wonderful opportunity to get together to discuss marketing and see the CME in action.”Leman said some marketing veterans will lead discussions on volatility and how marketing can make a difference on a dairy, among other topics.“We have Mike Rusch from Stewart-Peterson, who has worked with many dairy operations, and we’re also bringing in Brad Guse from BMO Harris Bank, which I think makes it extra interesting since we also have the perspective from the lender’s side. We’re encouraging our producers to bring their lender along. we do have some lenders already signed up for the tour, and you know the farmer and the lender need to be in this together to understand marketing, hedging, and the potential to hedge both your milk and your feed inputs.”The very affordable trip to Chicago June 26th is just $50 for an IPDP member and others from the same farm and $150 for nonmembers. Bus space is limited but there are still seats available. Register at the tour, farmers will participate in the commodity marketing discussion over dinner at the Union League Club in Chicago. The marketing discussion portion of the day will mirror a format popular with university extensions and dairy producer organizations, according to Rusch from Stewart-Peterson Inc.“Farmers like discussing business opportunities and challenges with each other,” says Rusch. “When you add an industry expert to this type of peer-to-peer setting, a lot can be learned in a short amount of time.”[audio:|titles=Indiana dairy marketing day in Chicago]Audio Player Up/Down Arrow keys to increase or decrease volume.Podcast: Play in new window | Download | EmbedSubscribe: RSS Indiana Dairy Plans Marketing Tour to Chicago Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producers

first_img Facebook Twitter Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producers By Gary Truitt – Apr 22, 2014 Ted McKinneyThe Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) is now accepting applications from Indiana livestock producers interested in participating in the Certified Livestock Producer Program.  The program recognizes outstanding livestock producers that go above and beyond in their farm management practices. Applications are due May 30, 2014. “Consumers are becoming more interested in learning how their food is produced and they want to know that farmers care about their animals, the environment and about producing wholesome, safe food for consumers,” said Ted McKinney, Director of ISDA.  “This is an opportunity I would highly encourage to all Hoosiers working within the livestock industry.”The Certified Livestock Producer Program provides training and other resources to help livestock producers tell their stories of sustainable and responsible farming to the general public.  To be recognized by ISDA as a Certified Livestock Producer, participants must uphold the highest industry standards in environmental protection, animal care, bio-security, emergency planning and community relations. They also agree to sign the Producer Promise, committing to meet or exceed the high standards of the Certified Livestock Producer Program as a commitment to the citizens of the State of Indiana.Indiana livestock producers interested in participating in the program should contact ISDA Livestock Program Manager Kimmi Devaney at [email protected] To apply, please send applications to ISDA C/O Certified Livestock Producer Program, One North Capitol, Suite 600, Indianapolis, IN 46204.Certified livestock producers receive a variety of discounts from program sponsors, including Indiana Farm Bureau Insurance, MWI Veterinary Supply, Townsends Sales Livestock Equipment, Cherry Brother Designs Farm Source Systems (Farm emergency plans) and Cowco Inc.The Certified Livestock Producer Program was launched in July 2008. Since that time, 93 Hoosier farmers have earned the certification and 26 are currently in the process. Indiana is one of only a handful of states to have a voluntary program that recognizes farmers for their commitment to innovative and top industry standards. Facebook Twitter SHARE Previous articleFarm Bureau Says ‘Ditch’ EPA Water RuleNext articlePork Industry Concerned about New PEDv Rules Gary Truitt SHARE Home Indiana Agriculture News Certified Livestock Producer Program Applications Available for Indiana Producerslast_img read more

Is Dicamba Working in Indiana?

first_imgHome Indiana Agriculture News Is Dicamba Working in Indiana? SHARE SHARE Is Dicamba Working in Indiana? By Gary Truitt – Jul 5, 2017 Facebook Twitter Is Dicamba Working in Indiana?Bill JohnsonDicamba herbicide technology is not working well in southern states. This spring the state of Arkansas stopped the use of the technology because of offsite drift problems.   Bill Johnson, extension weed specialist at Purdue, says that in Indiana there have not been any serious issues so far, despite weather conditions that have been less than favorable. “We had had many days with high winds and I was very nervous about the use of Dicamba during these windy days,” he states. “But, so far, there have not been any major problems. I checked with the State Chemists office this week and they had no reports.”Johnson told HAT that farmers need to adjust their expectations for dicamba, “This is not the second coming of Roundup Ready. It is simply not the silver bullet that Roundup was in the 1990s.”  He added they also need to adjust  their weed management practices, “These herbicides are not really designed to be sprayed on large weeds. Eight inches is about the largest weed we can expect to control with this technology. While Dicamba is very good on giant ragweed, it had only average control on marestail, waterhemp, or palmer.” Another challenge for growers is managing the downside buffer restrictions. “We have a lot of houses in rural Indiana, so it is not just other crops but homeowners that can be impacted by spray drift,” Johnson said.Manufacturers of Dicamba products are scrambling to address the negative publicity and problems with applications. One of the keys to proper Dicamba use is reading the label carefully — not only the label, but the web site as well. Ty Whitten, North America Crop Protection Systems Lead, Monsanto, says, “, is the best place to go for information.” He added that, in addition to reading the label, growers must check a web site within 7 days of application for the latest label changes as well as tips for application and use. That site is: Facebook Twitter Previous articleIndiana Crops Remain Behind Average PaceNext articleIs Dicamba Working in Indiana? Gary Truittlast_img read more

Denny Bell 2017 Master Farmer Interview

first_img Facebook Twitter Home News Feed Denny Bell 2017 Master Farmer Interview Facebook Twitter SHARE SHARE By Hoosier Ag Today – Jul 26, 2017 Bell and the others offer sage advice about getting through the hard times in ag.“I kind of struggled farming in the 80’s and had to get out,” he explained. “I got back in the 90’s so I kind of redeemed myself I guess. You can’t run before you crawl and you might not be able to run the best equipment. Up until several years ago I ran an old 1983 tractor. I don’t now luckily, but I ran an old tractor just trying to get going in farming.” Denny Bell 2017 Master Farmer Interview Previous articleJohn & Kristi Kretzmeier 2017 Master Farmer InterviewNext articleGrain, Ethanol Groups, Applaud Brazil Tariff Delay Hoosier Ag Todaylast_img read more

Indiana Grown Launches Online Marketplace

first_img Indiana Grown Launches Online Marketplace Facebook Twitter Previous articleKron Touts Health Care Success During Convention Address on the HAT Monday PodcastNext articlePurdue Professor, Department Head Mark Russell Receives Indiana Farm Bureau’s Hovde Award Hoosier Ag Today By Hoosier Ag Today – Dec 14, 2020 SHARE On Monday, Indiana Grown launched the Shop Indiana Grown online marketplace. The free service will be offered to all qualifying Indiana Grown members providing them with an additional sales outlet during a time when online retail is critical to the success of many farms and businesses in our state and nationwide.Indiana Grown is housed within the Indiana State Department of Agriculture (ISDA) and offers free resources to farms and businesses who grow, raise, produce or process an agriculture product  in the state of Indiana. Members range from traditional row crop farmers to wineries to artisans to value-added food producers.“One of my favorite activities during the Indiana State Fair is shopping at the Indiana Grown Marketplace,” said Lt. Gov. Suzanne Crouch. “I am continually amazed at the variety and quality of products that Hoosier farmers and producers provide, and consumers should have access to those items every day.”Consumers will initially find nearly 40 vendors with more than 100 products to purchase on the platform with an increased selection available as new vendors and items are added daily in categories such as cheese, honey, coffee and skin care. With the popularity of the Indiana Grown Marketplace at the Indiana State Fair, the online store will allow the public to purchase local products year-round from anywhere.“This project has taken months of hard work to ensure it will truly benefit our membership,” said Indiana Grown Program Director Heather Tallman. “We often get asked how to purchase from our members, and we are thrilled to see the consumer response to this exciting solution.”The new marketplace will help the Indiana Grown program accomplish its goals of helping Indiana farmers and producers have a greater market for their products and educating consumers on the importance of buying locally grown, raised, processed and packaged items.“Having celebrated its fifth anniversary this summer, Indiana Grown is stepping up its ability to serve its members and consumers,” said ISDA Director Bruce Kettler. “This new benefit of Indiana Grown membership is addressing the ever-changing needs of Indiana’s agriculture community.”Indiana Grown is also partnering with the Indiana Small Business Development Center (Indiana SBDC), which provided support to fuel the e-commerce platform leveraging relief funding from the U.S. Small Business Administration. Indiana SBDC, which provides no cost, expert guidance and resources that farms and small businesses need to grow, has launched a number of programs and initiatives to help entrepreneurs and business owners access relief funding and adapt to the new economic climate. Through this collaboration, Indiana SBDC and ISDA are helping farms and small businesses tap into larger consumer markets, and the Indiana SBDC will serve as a trusted resource for Indiana Grown members that may need customized assistance related to COVID-19 recovery, e-commerce, market research or export assistance.“With more than 520,000 companies employing 1.2 million Hoosiers, small businesses play a critical role in fueling Indiana’s economic engine,” said Indiana Secretary of Commerce Jim Schellinger. “As more small businesses shift their operations online, the Shop Indiana Grown marketplace will provide an important tool for Indiana companies to reach new customers and elevate Hoosier-made goods in new markets. We’re excited to partner with Indiana Grown to continue providing the support small businesses need to compete and lead in today’s 21st century economy.”The Shop Indiana Grown online marketplace is another way Indiana Grown can promote all forms of agriculture in the state and allow its members to share the stories behind their farms and businesses.Visit to begin supporting local farmers and producers in your community. Find more information about Indiana Grown at Indiana Grown news release Home Indiana Agriculture News Indiana Grown Launches Online Marketplace SHARE Facebook Twitterlast_img read more

Food delivery service app Tapingo to come to campus in near future

first_imgRobbie Vaglio I am the executive editor of TCU 360 from Raleigh, North Carolina. If you walk by my desk in the newsroom you’ll immediately know I’m Post Malone’s biggest fan. I’m always looking for a good story to tell! If you have any story ideas, feel free to reach out! Go Panthers! Robbie Vaglio Twitter Linkedin + posts TCU wants ex-professor’s discrimination suit dismissed Robbie Vaglio Twitter Linkedin ReddIt Robbie Vaglio TCU places second in the National Student Advertising Competition, the highest in school history Image courtesy of Sam Holland of the Daily Pennsylvanian. center_img Snow temporarily stepping down as honors dean Two students joined harassment and discrimination lawsuit against TCU printSoon students will not need to leave the comfort of their residence hall or their study room in the library to get their favorite foods on and around campus.Tapingo is a dining service app utilizing quicker pick-up and delivery to make the on-campus dining experience better, according to Taylor Sutton, SGA’s dining services chair.Universities like the University of Southern California, the University of Arizona, Ohio State University, Oklahoma State University, the University of Oklahoma and the University of Texas at Austin are currently partnering with Tapingo.“Tapingo thrives at schools that have tightly knit internal communities and a strong retail environment,” said Vivek Wagle, head of brand and culture with Tapingo. “Right now, we work with more than 200 universities across the country, and we’ve become the number-one mobile ordering app on campus.”Tried Tapingo? It’s a mobile food ordering app avail. at many campus eateries. Order, pay, pick it up. No waiting! #tapingo #sacstatedining— Sac State Dining (@sacstatedining) September 25, 2017Wagle said that Tapingo believes the service will provide a tremendous value to students, faculty and staff, allowing them to spend their time in more fulfilling ways than waiting in line.Sodexo looked at bringing Tapingo to campus roughly a year-and-a-half ago but had a bug in the point of sale system, the system which reads meal plan cards, according to Michael Dahl, general manager of Sodexo. Now that Tapingo has fixed the bug, dining committee and Sodexo have started to gain traction.“We do believe that Tapingo will add even more flexibility to the dining experience on campus,” Dahl said.The project, however, is a two-part idea including quicker pick-up and delivery as two separate projects. The initial stage of Tapingo includes quicker pick-up.“One of the problems we see on campus all the time is long lines on campus,” Sutton said. “Bistro Burnett and Chick-fil-A are plagued by long lines. Nearly every student on campus has suffered through the lines.”Bringing Tapingo to campus, the dining committee believes, would revive the original purpose of Bistro Burnett and Chick-fil-A as a quick stop to eat before class.Sutton mapped out how students could utilize the initial stage of Tapingo. By ordering through the app, students would pick their meal up once they arrive, thus skipping the line.“The reason why we are bringing Tapingo to campus is to alleviate these long lines,” Sutton said. “We think students will really like the convenience of Tapingo.”Dining committee’s goal for stage one is to bring it to campus by the end of this semester with a “soft rollout” over summer break.The second stage of Tapingo, delivery, offers job opportunities for students who would like to deliver.“The second stage is further down the line,” Sutton said. “If the quick pick-up option is popular, they’re going to go ahead and pursue the delivery option.”Neeley Acree, a sophomore business student, said she feels isolated from on-campus dining options living in Worth Hills.“A delivery service would seriously solve this problem,” she said. “I already love to deliver food via apps like Favor and I think having something like that on campus would help students to get food while not having to travel so far. If we can keep the delivery fee low, I feel students would jump at the opportunity to get food fast.”Acree said the service will make students living across Bellaire Drive feel more connected to campus even in the middle of the construction.“The construction is hard because there is no shortcut path,” Acree said. “You have to take the longest route to avoid the construction. I find myself not wanting to leave because I know the walk is extensive. Whether it be getting to the parking garage or BLUU 2, it definitely can be a walk and I wish there was a quicker way to get food.”The plan for the future is to add restaurants along University Drive. The first stage of delivery will only include on-campus spots.“We are working with both the TCU campus and Sodexo to firm up the list of available venues,” Wagle said. “Our goal is for every retail location to offer Tapingo’s service as an option. Our data back up the fact that users benefit the most when they can use Tapingo to order from anywhere on campus.”There will be a delivery fee of roughly $4, according to Tapingo.Students living off campus should be able to use the delivery service, as well.“The whole reason for bringing Tapingo to campus is that it coordinates with our dining plan,” Sutton said. “If you are living off campus and you happen to have a dining plan, you should be able to use it.”Wagle said that Tapingo’s goal is to provide services to all TCU students, both on and off campus.Sutton recently sat down with Herbert, Director of Housing and Residence Life Craig Allen and a representative from Sodexo. According to Sutton, the meeting was very successful, making Tapingo’s addition to campus very likely.“We are working with the school and our partners at Sodexo to have Tapingo launched and available for the start of next semester,” Wagle said. “This will require implementing and testing our systems as well as beginning awareness and marketing over the spring and summer so that we’re all ready to go for fall.” Robbie Vaglio Welcome TCU Class of 2025 Facebook Facebook ReddIt Previous articleNews Now 4/23/18Next articleHoroscope: April 23, 2018 Robbie Vaglio RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR TAGSdinningSGAsodexo What to watch during quarantine World Oceans Day shines spotlight on marine plastic pollution last_img read more

European institutions

first_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Help by sharing this information June 8, 2021 Find out more LINKS:- The European Parliament- The Council of Europe to go further News Until late summer 2001, the official policy of the 15 member-countries of the European Union (EU) about regulation of cyberspace dismissed any idea of systematic retention of Internet connection records and monitoring Internet activity. The 11 September attacks changed that.In mid-October, US President George W. Bush urged Belgian prime minister Guy Verhofstadt, who was EU president at the time, to get a proposed amendment to the Directive on Protection of Telecommunications Data and Information altered to require “preventive retention” of data on Internet activity (traffic logs) as a means to fight terrorism. Bush expressed support for the British government (which, like the French, has introduced such data retention) and various EU police officials calling for new powers to monitor phone and Internet activity more effectively.Bush told Verhofstadt the United States was against automatic deletion of Internet connection records, a principle that was upheld in the proposed amendment. This position clashed with that of the European Parliament’s Citizens’ Freedoms and Rights Committee, which in July 2001 had approved a preliminary report by Radical MEP Marco Cappato for strict supervision of police access to traffic logs retained by phone companies and ISPs.Surveillance forbiddenThe Cappato report said that if such practices were to be allowed, EU member-states should be obliged to act under “a specific law comprehensible to the general public.” The measures would have to be “entirely exceptional, authorised by the judicial or competent authorities for individual cases and for a limited duration, appropriate, proportionate and necessary within a democratic society.” They should also be in line with EU human rights rulings, which forbid all forms of “wide-scale general or exploratory electronic surveillance.”But under intense pressure from the Council of the European Union (that groups all member-states) and despite energetic lobbying by many NGOs, Euro MPs approved the amended directive on 30 May 2002. Its article 15.1 obliges governments that do not yet have such legislation, to pass laws (within 15 months) to force ISPs and phone companies to retain all records of e-mails, Internet activity, faxes and phone calls that have passed through their hands and guarantee the police, the courts and some government bodies free access to it.A report by the Council of 15’s legal department released on 15 October 2001 had said however that EU governments already had the necessary powers to intercept telecommunications to fight terrorism.Convention on CybercrimeThe first International Convention on Cybercrime was opened for signature in November 2001 in Budapest. It details various procedures, such as searching computer networks and intercepting messages. The pact, which was four years in the making, comes into effect when ratified by at least five countries, three of them Council of Europe members. It has so far been signed by 34 countries, including the United States, Canada, Japan and South Africa, but only two (Albania and Croatia) have ratified it.The agreement was attacked by civil liberties campaigners, ISPs and cyberspace experts who called it anti-freedom, meddling and likely to encourage a new era of generalised surveillance. Especially criticised were its articles 19, 20 and 21, which give details of how to gather private Internet data and traffic logs and information of interest to security services for their investigations; gather records kept by ISPs; search websites and their ISPs and extend such searches to other computer networks if necessary; store the data seized; and if necessary gather in real-time records and traffic logs (with legal officials able to require ISPs to do this work themselves).”Generalised surveillance” of EuropeansThe situation may get even worse. The Danish presidency of the EU proposed a measure on 24 June 2001 that the Council of the European Union might adopt. It was called “information technology related measures concerning the investigation and prosecution of organised crime” and said that “in the near future, all member-states will need to have adopted suitable measures to oblige telephone companies and ISPs to retain all records of their traffic so security services can readily consult it in the course of their investigations.” The proposal also aims to standardise the laws of all European countries, including those seeking to join the EU. Follow the news on Europe – Central Asia News RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan Europe – Central Asia Receive email alertscenter_img Organisation June 4, 2021 Find out more News RSF_en News Europe – Central Asia June 7, 2021 Find out more June 19, 2003 – Updated on January 20, 2016 European institutions The European Union was once firmly opposed to any form of large-scale generalised or exploratory electronic surveillance, but it changed its position after the 11 September attacks. Its Council won a battle to impose the views of the 15 member-states on the European Parliament and push through laws to require systematic retention of data about telecommunications and Internet activity. Respect judicial independence in cases of two leading journalists in Serbia and Montenegro, RSF sayslast_img read more

Radio reporter convicted of terrorism marks a year behind bars

first_imgTo read more on press freedom in Burundi, click here. November 27, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica Organisation Burundian appeal court upholds prison sentences for four journalists News June 5, 2020 Find out more BurundiAfrica to go further A year after the arrest of the radio journalist Hassan Ruvakuki on 28 November 2011, Reporters Without Borders launches a new appeal for his release. The press freedom organization believes the campaign in support of the Bonesha FM reporter, who also works as a correspondent for the Swahili service of Radio France Internationale, must be sustained. “Since day one of the case, we have said repeatedly that Hassan Ruvakuki was only doing his job as a journalist and should not be behind bars,” it said. “We eagerly await the announcement of verdict by the president of the Gitega Appeal Court and look forward to our colleague’s early release.“This past year has been a trying one, mainly for him personally, but also for his family and the whole of the Burundian press. Hassan Ruvakuki still needs the support of everyone and should be able to count on the help of his colleagues, human rights organizations and the international community.” Last June, Ruvakuki was sentenced by a lower court to life imprisonment for terrorism. His appeal was heard in October and November and a verdict is due by 8 January next year. To read a report from RFI (in French) on the same topic, click here.To read on the Ruvakuki case, click here. Four Burundian journalists complete 12 months in arbitrary detention October 21, 2020 Find out more Reports News Follow the news on Burundi News November 28, 2012 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Radio reporter convicted of terrorism marks a year behind bars Receive email alerts RSF_en The 2020 pandemic has challenged press freedom in Africa Help by sharing this information last_img read more

Judicial abuse: filmmaker threatened with censorship, journalist sent back to prison

first_img November 19, 2020 Find out more News News July 6, 2020 Find out more Follow the news on Argentina News ArgentinaAmericas Help by sharing this information Related documents Right of ReplyPDF – 1.09 MB The reputation of the Martinez de Hoz family may have been damaged by this film, but that should not prevent the broadcast of a work that even the president of Argentina, Cristina Fernández, has said is of national interest.“If a right of response is available in the film’s credits, it is entirely contrary to the law and the principles of the constitution to resort to censorship of a work intended to inform people and to put authors in prison,” the press freedom organization said. “We recall that defamation, slander and libel were decriminalised in 2009. Besides, the court handling the case should rule itself out if it turns out that the magistrates do not offer the necessary guarantees of impartiality.”The documentary’s intent is to expose the involvement of Toribio Martínez Hoz, great-grandfather of the dictatorship’s economy minister, in a drive known as the Desert Campaign to expropriate native lands, accompanied by a brutal crackdown on the population, in Patagonia and La Pampa between 1869 and 1888. The Martínez de la Hoz family maintains that their ancestor played no part in the campaign and have brought a case against Bayer and his two co-producers. If the family wins the case, the documentary would be censored and its authors would have to remove any reference to the plaintiffs in connection with the Desert Campaign. Unfortunately, this is not the first instance of censorship of journalists or documentary makers who tackle the question of the Mapuche. Reporters Without Borders recalls the case of the Chilean filmmaker Elena Varela, whose film Newen Mapuche was refused distribution in April. ArgentinaAmericas On eve of the G20 Riyadh summit, RSF calls for public support to secure the release of jailed journalists in Saudi Arabia November 3, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Judicial abuse: filmmaker threatened with censorship, journalist sent back to prison The case has been handed over to the National Civil and Commercial Division. A concerned Aiello has told Reporters Without Borders that two of the magistrates to whom the case had been referred were in their posts during the dictatorship and were known to be close to the Martínez de la Hoz family. “There are no guarantees,” he said.Right of reply from Martínez de Hoz family Journalists face archaic sanction of capital punishment in some parts of the world Osvaldo Bayer, a journalist and documentary maker, has been prosecuted since early September by the grandchildren of José Alfredo Martínez de Hoz, who served as economy minister during the dictatorship of Jorge Videla from 1976 to 1981, over the documentary Awka Liwen. He faces a prison sentence unless he pays 1 million pesos (236,000 dollars) in damages and injury to the family. Reporters Without Borders expresses its support for Bayer, whose film, co-produced with Mariano Aiello and Kristina Hille, gives an account of the treatment of the indigenous Mapuche people in south-west Argentina, covered up for may years. to go further December 4, 2019 Find out more Judicial reprisal?Other journalists have been subjected to legal setbacks in Argentina, such as Néstor Omar Pasquini, owner and manager of the radio station FM Show, who was sentenced to seven years on 12 September and re-imprisoned for having taken part in an arson attack on a courthouse in the town of Corral de Bustos in Córdoba province during a demonstration that followed the rape and murder of a small girl.The journalist’s lawyer told Reporters Without Borders no proof had been presented to support the charge of incitement to violence against his client and he planned to appeal. He said the conviction was in reprisal for allegations of corruption and criminal activity made by the journalist against some local authorities.“Reporters Without Borders is surprised at the turn of events in this case, in particular the return of Nestor Pasquini to custody, which supports the assumption that there is a campaign again him. In view of the appeal about to be lodged by his lawyer, we insist that he be released in anticipation of a new judgment and that the case be held elsewhere in the interests of impartiality.” News RSF_en Organisation Latin American media: under control of families, economic and political elites Receive email alertslast_img read more

Bill would sacrifice online freedom for sake of security

first_img Help by sharing this information “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says Follow the news on France News FranceEurope – Central Asia Use the Digital Services Act to make democracy prevail over platform interests, RSF tells EU September 17, 2010 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Bill would sacrifice online freedom for sake of security May 10, 2021 Find out more June 2, 2021 Find out more News Newscenter_img Receive email alerts June 4, 2021 Find out more to go further Organisation RSF denounces Total’s retaliation against Le Monde for Myanmar story FranceEurope – Central Asia News Reporters Without Borders is very concerned about the negative impact that a national security bill known as LOPPSI 2 could have on online free expression. The version of the bill that was passed by the Senate on first reading on 10 September envisages an ineffective and dangerous online filtering system that could jeopardise the work of journalists and bloggers.Ineffective and dangerous filteringUnder the Senate-amended version of article 4 (on combating online porn and paedophile content), a government department called the Central Office for Combating Crime Related to Information and Communication Technology would be able to order Internet service providers and website hosts to filter websites without referring to a court.Under the version of the bill adopted by the National Assembly (the lower house) on first reading in February, only a judge would be able to order website filtering. That was in line with a Constitutional Council ruling that Internet access must be regarded as fundamental freedom. But the Senate’s legal commission decided that only notification by an administrative authority was necessary and the article’s amendment was passed in an open session of the Senate on 8 September.The effectiveness of online filtering has been disputed by many studies including one released by the French Federation of Telecom and Electronic Communications Companies in July 2009 entitled “Study of the Impact of Blocking Paedophile and Porn Sites.” Filtering mechanisms will not be able to prevent their circumvention by offenders, will not eliminate offending content from the Internet and will have no impact on the source of the problem. And furthermore, they tend to filter out innocent content as well, such as the websites of child protection groups or sites that defend minors who have been the victims of sexual abuse.At the same time, the financial and technical costs (including the risks of over-blocking and a loss of connection speed) are high. Attempts to set up online filtering systems in other countries have also shown that they are expensive and ineffective. During tests lasting several months in Australia, thousands of websites that had nothing to do with paedophilia were blocked. Germany finally abandoned a similar project after no more than 100 really paedophile and pornographic sites were identified out of a blacklist of 8,000 websites compiled by a government agency.Reporters Without Borders deplores the Senate’s decision to dispense with referral to a judge and urges the National Assembly to reinstate it when the bill goes back for its second reading. It is essential that a judge should decide whether a website is illegal, just as it would be if a newspaper or magazine were involved. Automatic and systematic filtering by keywords that are secretly chosen by a government agency without any possible prior recourse would inevitably lend itself to abuses and could be regarded as censorship.There is also a danger that, once a filtering system has been put in place, it could be used to target not only porn and paedophilia but also other questionable online activities such as gambling. And once the psychological threshold has been crossed, it could be extended to piracy, counterfeiting, defamation and even insulting the president. Filtering could end up being regarded as normal, and that would be wrong. The withdrawal of content at source by website hosts is a much more targeted and appropriate way to tackle online porn and paedophilia.Use of spyware and combating identity theftThere are two other disturbing articles in this bill. One is article 23, which would allow the police, when they suspect criminal activity, to use remotely-introduced spyware under an investigating judge’s supervision to obtain information from computers without the knowledge of those targeted (see the release of 27 July 2009). If criminal activity of an unsuspected kind is discovered, the information obtained can still be used to bring a prosecution.Journalists would be protected from of this kind of spyware by the law on the secrecy of journalists’ sources but bloggers and amateurs journalists would not.Article 2, making identify theft online punishable by a year in prison and a fine of 15,000 euros, is the other problem. Its provisions are very broad and pose a serious threat to the widespread use of pseudonyms (because of the danger of being prosecuted for using another person’s pseudonym), to the use of false-identities and to the creation of profiles aimed as caricaturing or satirising well-known people.Reporters Without Borders is disturbed by the current tendency of democratic states to step up online surveillance and controls. France’s DADVSI, HADOPI and LOPPSI laws and their British and Spanish equivalents reflect a growing mistrust that could pose a serious threat to freedom of expression and information.The Senate adopted the LOPPSI 2 bill by 179 to 153 votes on 10 September after considering a total of 406 proposed amendments to the 40 articles of the version that was approved by the National Assembly in February. It is not yet known when it will go back to the National Assembly for its second reading. RSF_en last_img read more