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

COVID-19 Widening the Housing Gap

first_img Seth Welborn is a Reporter for DS News and MReport. A graduate of Harding University, he has covered numerous topics across the real estate and default servicing industries. Additionally, he has written B2B marketing copy for Dallas-based companies such as AT&T. An East Texas Native, he also works part-time as a photographer.  Print This Post COVID-19 Widening the Housing Gap June 2, 2020 1,264 Views Previous: ‘Far Too Early’ to Know Impact of GSE Framework Next: Florida Governor Extends Foreclosure Moratorium Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Share Save Tagged with: Affordability HOUSING Subscribe Affordability HOUSING 2020-06-02 Seth Welborn The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days ago Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Related Articlescenter_img About Author: Seth Welborn Governmental Measures Target Expanded Access to Affordable Housing 2 days ago Inequality in the housing market is likely to be amplified following the COVID-19 crisis, according to a study from the Urban Institute. Researchers indicated that prices for low-priced homes have appreciated faster than higher-priced homes.As low-price home prices rise, would-be homebuyers with low incomes have trouble finding affordable homes, so they remain in the rental market, drive up rents, and increase the demand for and price of rental properties, Urban notes. As a result, the cost for both owning and renting has gone up substantially for low-income households, while their income growth has not kept pace with that of high-income households.“A closer look at 285 metropolitan statistical areas (MSAs) suggests that rapid employment growth combined with increased supply constraints from zoning and other regulations contributed to this disproportionate price growth for low-price homes,” said Urban researchers. “If left unaddressed, these same supply constraints will hamper the ability of low-income households to prosper as we emerge from the crisis and will exacerbate income inequality.”Despite labor market upheaval, home prices have remained relatively steady throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. Even with rising unemployment, many lenders have tightened credit to avoid taking greater risks that may further strain their financial capacity.Additionally, a greater share of low-income homeowners and renters are working in industries that are more vulnerable to the COVID-19 shock. Therefore, low-income homeowners may struggle more to sustain homeownership once the forbearance period is over, and many low-income renters are likely to lose the financial ability to become homeowners. At the same time, the home price trajectory is unlikely to change, as all households, both owners and renters, need a place to live.According to Urban, if the supply constraints that existed before the pandemic remain unaddressed, both low-price home and rental prices will continue to increase faster than prices for high-price homes, widening residual income inequality between low- and high-income homeowner and renter households. This could also hurt the ability of low-income households to build financial strength and could make them more vulnerable to future economic shocks. Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago The Week Ahead: Nearing the Forbearance Exit 2 days ago Data Provider Black Knight to Acquire Top of Mind 2 days ago Servicers Navigate the Post-Pandemic World 2 days ago in Daily Dose, Featured, Investment, News Home / Daily Dose / COVID-19 Widening the Housing Gap Demand Propels Home Prices Upward 2 days ago Sign up for DS News Daily The Best Markets For Residential Property Investors 2 days agolast_img read more

Storm Desmond moves on but many routes in Donegal remain closed today

first_img WhatsApp Facebook Facebook 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Google+ By admin – December 6, 2015 Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan fire Met Eireann has lifted five weather warnings as Storm Desmond moves eastwards across the Irish Sea however many parts of Donegal remain severely flooded and some homes are still without power, 11 in the Milford area.The storm wreaked havoc dumping in the region of 100 millimetres of rain along the north west, west and south of the country.Many of the main routes in and to Donegal remain closed today including the N15 at Castlefin, bridge at Lifford/Strabane and bridge at Clady.There are also unconfirmed reports of road closures at Aughnacloy.The Carrigart/ Creeslough Road, The Dore/ Brinlack Road at Bunbeg are now passable.Anyone planning a journey today should check that their routes are clear and only embark on journeys that are absolutely necessary.In the event of an out of hours emergency the Council’s Road Service can be contacted on 074 91 72288. Pinterest Google+ Twittercenter_img 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Twitter Previous articleShaun Stewart takes 2nd in Dorest Ultra Distance RaceNext articleLetterkenny beat Swilly to go top of the Ulster Senior League admin Storm Desmond moves on but many routes in Donegal remain closed today Homepage BannerNews Pinterest WhatsApp Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHORlast_img read more

Sixth Count – Donegal North East

first_imgNews Twitter Pinterest Man arrested on suspicion of drugs and criminal property offences in Derry Distribution of Ian Mc Garvey’s votesJimmy Harte                      Lab      +266              4801Charlie Mc Conalogue     FF     +191                7064Joe Mc Hugh                      FG      +485                8147John Ryan                          FG        +26                 4976Dessie Shiels                      Ind       +306              2605      ELIMINATEDDessie Shiels’ 2605 votes now being distributed Twitter Facebook Google+ WhatsApp Pinterest Facebook Main Evening News, Sport and Obituaries Tuesday May 25th center_img WhatsApp By News Highland – February 26, 2011 Previous articleFifth Count – Donegal South West – CONCLUDEDNext articleSeventh Count – Donegal North East News Highland RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR 365 additional cases of Covid-19 in Republic Sixth Count – Donegal North East Google+ Further drop in people receiving PUP in Donegal 75 positive cases of Covid confirmed in North Gardai continue to investigate Kilmacrennan firelast_img read more

Active storm pattern with cross country storms bringing heavy snow, damaging winds, flooding rain

first_imgABC NewsBy MAX GOLEMBO, ABC News(NEW YORK) — An active weather pattern with several storm systems is moving through the country, from West to East, with heavy snow, damaging winds, severe thunderstorms and flooding rain.Already overnight severe thunderstorms brought huge hail from Texas to Arkansas.Hail was as large as 2 inches in diameter just north of Dallas.On Friday morning, strong thunderstorms will continue to move from Texas to Alabama, threatening to bring with them damaging winds and large hail.This same storm system will move into the Northeast and the East Coast Friday night into Saturday with icy mix and snow from North Carolina to Maryland, where a winter weather advisory has been issued.Snow may also fall on Saturday, from central Pennsylvania into upstate New York and New England, which could see 2 to 3 inches.Along the I-95 corridor from Washington, D.C., to Boston, it should be mild enough for the precipitation to remain as all rain.Heavy rain will continue off and on across the South through the weekend, from eastern Texas into Tennessee where flooding will be possible.There, 3 to 5 inches of additional rain could fall through the weekend and into early next week.Meanwhile, across the West, nine states are on alert, from California to Colorado, for damaging winds, heavy snow and high surf.On Thursday, more than 16 inches of snow fell just south of Denver.In Southern California winds gusted at 98 mph just east of Los Angeles, where semi-trucks were overturned by the strong winds.On Friday and through the weekend, as the storm track remains active, more snow is expected for the Cascades and the Rockies, where 1 to 3 feet of additional snow is possible.Some computer weather models are hinting a swath of snow is possible for the Upper Midwest and the western Great Lakes this weekend, from the Dakotas to Minnesota and into Wisconsin and Michigan’s Upper Peninsula. Some areas could even see up to a half a foot.Copyright © 2021, ABC Audio. All rights reserved.last_img read more

Royal Navy tanker refuels French warship off Ivory Coast

first_img View post tag: Op Corymbe October 31, 2016 View post tag: Royal Navy View post tag: FS Dixmude Authorities Royal Navy tanker RFA Gold Rover recently refueled French helicopter carrier FS Dixmude and joined it for a piracy patrol off the Ivory Coast.Joined by Ivory Coast patrol boat Sekongo, the ships patrolled 200 miles of coastline and waters off shore, stretching from the Ivory Coast’s principal port – and largest city – Abidjan to San Pedro, close to the western frontier with Liberia.When the Ivory Coast patrol boat broke away for a specific mission, Gold Rover stayed with the Dixmude for a refueling at sea.While all this was going on, French Navy riflemen hopped across to Gold Rover to carry out some training… and the tanker’s Royal Marines detachment joined the Dixmude to demonstrate how they disarm suspects and clear a ship of criminal elements.“The French provided us with the finest French hospitality and allowed our team to conduct live firing on board the Dixmude using their FAMAS rifle and general service pistol,” said Lt Hector Bevan, in charge of the RFA’s commando detachment.After more than four decades in service, this is likely to be Gold Rover’s final deployment, providing fuel to any RN vessel in South Atlantic waters.Before knuckling down to operation Corymbe, Gold Rover hosted Abidjan school children, the Ivory Coast Navy and UK Embassy Staff. All were treated to full ships tours and capability demonstrations including fire fighting and damage control techniques by ships staff and weapon demonstrations provided by the Royal Marines detachment. View post tag: French Navycenter_img Royal Navy tanker refuels French helicopter carrier on counter piracy mission Back to overview,Home naval-today Royal Navy tanker refuels French helicopter carrier on counter piracy mission View post tag: RFA Gold Rover View post tag: Ivory Coast Share this articlelast_img read more

Maurice Brown To Play Free Show At Intimate NYC Performance

first_imgMaurice ‘Mobetta’ Brown is widely recognized for his tenure with Tedeschi Trucks Band, but the Grammy-Award-winning trumpet virtuoso has also been featured on dozens of stellar recordings alongside greats like Aretha Franklin, Talib Kweli, De La Soul, Diddy, Lettuce, and Cee-Lo Green, to name a few. More recently, he’s dedicated his time entirely to a solo career, featuring a stellar band blending hip-hop, jazz, soul, and funk-inspired beats from all over the map.On Thursday, May 5, he’ll be bringing the band to Bric House for a very special night of music, showcasing his original music including several new tunes off his upcoming album, The Mood, which is due out in June.Maurice Brown Performs Two Tracks From Upcoming Hip-Hop/Jazz Album [Watch]The full band includes Brown on trumpet and vocals, Chelsea Bartaz on tenor sax and vocals, Antoine Katz on bass, James Francies on keys, and Jeremy “Bean” Clemmons on drums. More information about the free-show can be found here.You can also find Maurice “Mobetta” Brown performing the music of Prince alongside Aron Magner (Disco Biscuits), Marcus Rezak (Stratosphere All-Stars), Mike Greenfield (Lotus),  Louis Cato (Late Show With Stephen Colbert), and Hayley Jane, with fellow horn players James Casey (Trey Anastasio Band) and Ian Gray (Swift Technique) this Friday at The Hall at MP. More information can be found here.last_img read more

Women’s Basketball teams up with RecSports to raise money, awareness

first_imgThe Notre Dame women’s basketball team is partnering with RecSports to raise money and awareness for breast cancer by hosting the Pink Zone Fitness Party at Rolf’s Sports Center on Friday from 6 p.m. to 11 p.m.The Fitness Party format is an adjustment from the Pink Zone Spin-a-Thon that RecSports has hosted in the past. Fitness and instructional program coordinator for RecSports Tabbitha Ashford said this change came about in response to a desire to make the event more accessible for everyone.“This year, it’ll be five hours on Friday evening, with each hour being a different fitness class ranging from Zumba to yoga to boot camp — something for everybody, hopefully,” she said. “I think it was just kind of going back to the basics of what we offer through our regular programming, and seeing the numbers and realizing that you can’t have a party without Zumba — that’s the essence of any fitness party.”Sharla Lewis, special events coordinator for women’s basketball, said the idea was partially inspired by an offer from Beyond Zen Yoga Studio to contribute to the Pink Zone’s cause — something it will do by hosting a “Zenathon” on Saturday.“They’re going from 8 a.m. and their last class stops at about 5 p.m.,” she said. “They have two classes going on at the same time and [University president Fr. John Jenkins] is going to end it with a prayer service at 6 p.m.”The Fitness Party will also feature classes suited to various experience levels, including high-intensity training and a boot camp class, in addition to Zumba, RecSports assistant director of fitness and fitness facilities Jennifer Phillips said.“The whole point of this … is for people to come and have fun,” she said. “You don’t have to be a great Zumba dancer, but if I see people out there having fun with their friends and doing something different on a Friday night, then it’s totally worth everything that we’re doing to bring them out there.”In addition to the fun the event offers, however, Phillips said she hopes those who attend keep the underlying cause in mind.“One of the messages we’ve tried to get across in the events in the past is that while you’re out there and you are having fun — you’re out there because your body is working, and it’s working right,” she said. “While you’re out there and you’re doing that, remember that part of why you’re doing that is for people’s bodies that aren’t working right, right now. By you being out there — if you can donate five bucks, great, if you can donate more, great — that’s helping somebody whose body is struggling.”In addition to paying the $5 per class at the Fitness Party, people can contribute to the cause by bidding in a silent auction at the women’s basketball pink game against Georgia Tech on Sunday, by pledging money for each three-point shot made by the team or simply by volunteering at the event, Lewis said.“People have their own way that they want to help and support — we just want to have an avenue where there’s different ways that you can do that,” she said. “Even if you don’t have the money, maybe you can volunteer. [We’re] just trying to find ways for people to give back.”Sophomore guard Arike Ogunbowale said she appreciates the opportunity the pink game offers for her to contribute to “a big cause.”“I’m glad we do this and a lot of people participate,” she said. “We have great fans who really want to give back, so I’m just really excited that a game of sports can bring awareness and bring money to a cause like this.”In particular, Ogunbowale said she loves knowing she has not only contributed to her team’s success, but also to this cause when she makes a 3-point shot.“It’s great that something as easy as shooting a 3-pointer can help this cause,” she said. “We’re a pretty good shooting team, so we’re raising a lot of money, and I’m just really happy that by easily just playing the game I love, I am able to bring money and awareness to this cause.”Lewis said she encourages community members to attend the pink game on Sunday in addition to the Fitness Party to experience the game’s traditional halftime tribute to breast cancer survivors.“This year we have members of the football team that will take part in just giving out a little treat to those survivors or those that are affected by cancer,” she said. “They’re going to partner with us this year and help us out. Halftime is always exciting for me. I love it.”Tags: Arike Ogunbowale, breast cancer awareness, Pink Zone, RecSports, women’s basketballlast_img read more

South Carolina co-ops concerned about state’s high-cost coal power

first_imgSouth Carolina co-ops concerned about state’s high-cost coal power FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享The Post and Courier:South Carolina’s electric cooperatives want Santee Cooper to study if coal is the cheapest way to provide electricity to customers, questioning whether the state-run utility should cease operating some of its aging coal-fired power plants.Officials with Central Electric Power, the group that negotiates power prices for all 20 co-ops, pressured utility Santee Cooper on Monday into reviewing whether to shutter one coal boiler at Cross Station on the banks of Lake Moultrie. And they proposed studying the future of four other coal-fired units at Winyah Station near Georgetown.“Because of economics — I won’t even say environmental — most organizations are having to take a hard look at what they are going to do about coal,” said Robert Hochstelter, Central Electric’s chief executive. “If we can’t work together and figure out how we can save money, then we have problems,” Hochstelter added.Hochstetler’s pitch was made in front of a 12-member board made up of six representatives from Santee Cooper and six representatives from the state’s electric cooperatives. The gathering agreed to analyze the Cross Station’s Unit 2, which came online in 1983. But Santee Cooper’s representatives balked at the idea of studying the viability of the entire Winyah Station, which has produced power since 1975.The official request from the cooperatives — Santee Cooper’s largest customers — comes at a time when utilities across the country continue to ditch coal power for more efficient natural gas turbines and solar arrays. More than 23,400 megawatts of coal-fired power were shuttered nationwide in the past two years, according to an analysis by Reuters, even as President Donald Trump’s administration sought to cut regulations for the industry.More: Santee Cooper asked to reconsider coal-fired power plants by largest customerslast_img read more

Long Island Man Charged With Sexually Exploiting Girl

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York A 28-year-old Long Island man was arrested for allegedly coercing a girl into engaging in sexual acts with the suspect, who also had her send him pornographic images of herself, authorities said.Hassan Khan was charged Thursday at Manhattan federal court with coercing and enticing a minor to engage in illegal sexual activity, sexual exploitation of a child, sexual exploitation of a minor outside of the United States and receipt of child pornography.“As this terrifying ordeal comes to an end, the nightmare continues for the victim and her family,” said Diego Rodriguez, Assistant Director-in-Charge of the FBI’s New York office. “Innocence, once stolen, is not easily restored.”Federal prosecutors and the FBI said that Kahn met the victim online in 2007 when she was 11, when he began grooming her to perform the alleged acts later.If convicted, he faces up to 30 years in prison. The investigation is continuing. The FBI asks anyone with information on this case to call them at 212-384-1000.last_img read more