Two cyber-dissidents jailed, 5 million websites censored

first_img June 9, 2021 Find out more November 20, 2008 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Two cyber-dissidents jailed, 5 million websites censored News IranMiddle East – North Africa Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 “Articles were found at her home that jeopardise national security.”“The accused clearly stated that she posted these articles on her blog, accessible to everyone.” March 18, 2021 Find out more RSF_en Organisation IranMiddle East – North Africa Follow the news on Iran Receive email alertscenter_img to go further News Reporters Without Borders condemns online journalist Shahnaz Gholami’s arrest at her Tehran home on 9 November without any official reason being given. Her arrest came just a few days before a publication that supports the president called the Internet a “tool of subversion.” News News Reporters Without Borders condemns online journalist Shahnaz Gholami’s arrest at her Tehran home on 9 November without any official reason being given. Her arrest came just a few days before a publication that supports the president called the Internet a “tool of subversion.”“Gholami is the second cyber-journalist currently detained and we fear there could be a major crackdown,” Reporters Without Borders said. “The authorities no longer hide the fact they see most news and information channels as threats to Iran’s sovereignty. We call for the release of all detained cyber-dissidents.”The editor of the Azar Zan (http://azarwomen.blogfa.com/) blog, Gholami was already sentenced on 20 September to six months in prison by a revolutionary court in the northwestern city of Tabriz on a charge of “publicity against the Islamic Republic,” but she was still free pending the outcome of her appeal, for which no date has so far been set.A member of the Association of Women Journalists, Gholami became prominent as a result of her role in the women’s rights movement. She was detained for three weeks in August 2007 for criticising the police crackdown on demonstrations in various cities in Iranian Azerbaijan. She previously spent five years in prison in the 1980s because of her political activities.Theologian and online journalist Mojtaba Lotfi was arrested on 8 October for a posting a sermon by a well-known opponent of Supreme Guide Ayatollah Ali Khamenei online. The sermon, by Ayatollah Hussein Ali Montazeri, criticised President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad for saying Iran was “the world’s freest country” (http://www.amontazeri.com/farsi/default.asp).The 17 November issue of Sobh Sadegh, the official publication of the Revolutionary Guards, meanwhile has an article accusing the United States of online imperialism. “The US government has massively attacked the opinions of young Iranians and the world population for its own interests (…) thanks to various means of communication,” the article says, going on to name CNN, BBC, Fox News, Voice of America, Radio Free Europe (which broadcasts to former Soviet countries), Agence France Presse, AP, New York Times, Washington Post and the Yahoo! and Google search engines.The Iranian parliament’s justice commission decided on 3 November, when ratifying certain articles of a “cyber-crime” bill, to establish a new committee for online filtering. The government has, since 2003, had a committee dedicated to maintaining a blacklist of websites regarded as “illegal.” They currently include YouTube, Facebook and Orkut.The Tehran attorney-general’s adviser said on 19 November that the authorities were responsible for filtering out “five million websites.”At the same time, parliament is currently in the process of adopting a 2 July bill under which creating websites that promote “corruption, prostitution or apostasy” would be punishable by death. Iran is on the Reporters Without Borders list of “Enemies of the Internet.”The warrant for Gholami’s arrest gives the following reasons (in Farsi) for her arrest: Help by sharing this information February 25, 2021 Find out more After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalistslast_img read more

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US News ranks Vermont Law School as best in nation

first_imgUS News & World Report again has ranked Vermont Law School’s environmental law program as the best in the nation. The 2011 edition of America’s Best Graduate Schools appears on USNews.com on Thursday, April 15, and on newsstands on Tuesday, April 27.“I’m gratified at this recognition of the depth and breadth of our environmental curriculum, clinic and institutes,” said Associate Professor Marc Mihaly, director of the school’s Environmental Law Center (ELC). “Our success reflects the dedication of our environmental faculty and our wonderful community of students who over the years have populated key legal and policy positions in government, non-profits, law firms and corporations with a strong positive environmental direction.”Vermont Law School has placed first 13 times since the U.S. News environmental specialty rankings began in 1991, including the past two consecutive years, and has never placed lower than second. To develop its specialty rankings, U.S. News asked legal educators to identify the top programs.The ELC offers the largest and deepest selection of environmental law courses in the nation. The multidisciplinary program in law, policy, science and ethics attracts law and graduate students, lawyers, government officials, teachers, scientists and citizen activists. Since its creation in 1978, the ELC has trained people to be environmental leaders in government, nonprofits, corporations and private practice — locally, nationally, and internationally.The ELC administers the Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree program for lawyers and non-lawyers and the Master of Laws (LLM) in Environmental Law, a post-Juris Doctor degree for experienced attorneys who seek to specialize.Vermont Law School offers clinical, research and experiential environmental programs through the Environmental and Natural Resources Law Clinic, the Institute for Energy and the Environment, the Land Use Institute, the Environmental Tax Policy Institute, the U.S.-China Partnership for Environmental Law, and the Environmental Semester in Washington.The ELC’s Summer Session participants learn the legal and scientific underpinnings of environmental policy and explore major environmental issues with national experts in a collaborative setting. The Summer Session offers a broad curriculum, a Visiting Distinguished Environmental Scholars program and a lecture series that features summer faculty members, distinguished summer scholars and environmental summer media fellows speaking about current issues in their fields.“We’re very pleased that Vermont Law School has retained its number-one environmental ranking,” said Dean Jeff Shields. “The rankings also show that we do very well in other important areas of comparison, including our 13.5 student/faculty ratio and our 95.2% employment rate at nine months after graduation.”##Vermont Law School, a private, independent institution, is the nation’s top- ranked environmental law school, according to U.S. News & World Report. VLS offers a Juris Doctor (JD) curriculum that emphasizes public service, a Master of Environmental Law and Policy (MELP) degree for lawyers and nonlawyers, and two post-JD degrees, the Master of Laws (LLM)  in Environmental Law and the LLM in American Legal Studies (for international students). The school also features innovative experiential programs and is home to the Environmental Law Center and the South Royalton Legal Clinic. For more information, visit www.vermontlaw.edu(link is external).Source: Vermont Law School, South Royalton. 4.15.2010last_img read more

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June 2019: Credit Union Cybersecurity Tip of the Month

first_img continue reading » The user provisioning process is an integral part of your credit union’s security. It can often be considered an IT problem, but it is an area that affects the security and operation of the entire credit union.  User provisioning encompasses not only account creation at hire but also includes the entire lifecycle management of user accounts.  A strong user provisioning program addresses account creation at hire, modifications during role changes, account removal, and periodic auditing of accounts.Account provisioning should be based on the principle of least privilege; granting only those privileges and access that an employee needs to accomplish their work and no more.  At a minimum, a good account provisioning program should include the following elements.Well defined user request forms that make it easy for managers to request required access that clearly translates to the roles that IT will assign the users to in the credit union’s systems. ShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblrlast_img read more

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Government mulls introducing more measures to curb imports

first_imgThe government is planning to impose several measures to reduce imports in the short and medium term and strengthen the local manufacturing industry.The planned measures included imposing restrictions, raising tariffs, adding new trade remedies and implementing more technical barriers, Industry Minister Agus Gumiwang Kartasasmita said Tuesday. He proposed, for instance, to impose restrictions in the form of an import license requirement and minimum import price and quota application on 28 commodities.However, he stopped short of naming the commodities. “It is way too easy for foreign products to enter Indonesia,” Agus said in a virtual discussion held by news outlet Bisnis Indonesia.Read also: Indonesia books $1.27b trade surplus in June as economic activity resumesThe plan emerged as President Joko “Jokowi” Widodo’s administration gears up to reduce imports of raw materials by 35 percent to US$82 billion in 2022 by nudging local companies to produce import substitutes.It also came at a time when the COVID-19 pandemic brought down global trade, which was projected by the World Trade Organization (WTO) to decline by between 13 percent and 32 percent this year. In the first half of the year, Indonesia booked a trade surplus of $5.49 billion. While its exports declined by 5.49 percent year-on-year (yoy) to $76.41 billion, imports fell faster, namely by 14.29 percent yoy to $70.91 billion.Agus said he was also seeking to reduce “imports that flooded Indonesia” by implementing more trade remedies, arguing that Indonesia had imposed fewer safeguards, antidumping and countervailing duty measures than China, Thailand, the Philippines and India.China, which is Indonesia’s largest trading partner, imposes a total of 1,020 safeguard measures, while Indonesia imposes only a total of 102 safeguard measures, according to data compiled by the ministry.The European Union, Indonesia’s third-largest source of imports, imposes 4,004 technical barriers, equivalent to Indonesia’s national standard certificate, in total. Meanwhile, Indonesia imposes just 172 technical barriers.Indonesia has been hit by trade remedies involving nine trading partners that launched an investigation into alleged unfair practices by the country, resulting in potential foreign exchange losses of up to Rp 26.5 trillion (US$1.9 billion), Trade Ministry acting director general of foreign trade Srie Agustina said in June.Read also: Indonesia’s horticultural products more expensive than neighbors, says Japan’s NanyangTrade remedies are trade defense measures against imports to protect a country’s domestic industries from unfair practices, such as dumping and subsidies, or to cope with a sudden surge of foreign goods, according to the WTO.The three tools accepted by the WTO are antidumping, countervailing and safeguard measures.Agus also proposed a special arrangement on entry points at seaports in Eastern Indonesia for certain commodities.“This is to curb the flows of imported products that are already flooding Indonesia’s market,” he said.Statistics Indonesia (BPS) data show that Indonesia’s imports of consumer goods grew by 37.15 percent yoy in June due to a sharp increase of garlic shipments from China and frozen meat from Australia, among other items. Imports of raw materials plummeted by 13.27 percent, while imports of capital goods grew by 2.63 percent, driven by higher demand for laptops from China.Trade Ministry national export development director general Kasan Muhri said Tuesday the government also had made a plan to push Indonesia’s exports amid the pandemic.The plan included boosting products that are growing in shipment, such as processed food and beverages, healthcare goods, agriculture and fishery products as well as commodities expected to benefit from the pandemic, like pharmaceutical products.The government will focus on tapping into countries that have somewhat curbed the coronavirus pandemic, like Australia and Germany.Read also: Govt seeks to renegotiate trade, investment deal with JapanKasan also said the government was reviewing both tariff and nontariff barriers slapped by other countries on Indonesia’s products as his office started receiving reports that Canada and China were requiring certificates declaring food products to be free from the coronavirus.“This is among the non-tariff barriers that emerge and are related to the handling or situation of the COVID-19 pandemic,” said Kasan.With the pandemic having slowed economic activity in many countries, Indonesia might see a further decline in trade, as its main trading partners, such as Japan and Singapore, were expected to fall into recession, said Indonesian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (Kadin) chairman Rosan Roeslani in the same discussion.“Six of our 10 main trading partners are projected to fall into recession. This will hit our trade going forward,” said Rosan.Singapore, the fifth-largest export destination for Indonesia, entered recession in the April-June period as its economy contracted by 12.6 percent yoy.Topics :last_img read more

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Two Men Arrested for Cocaine in Alpena

first_imgAddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThisTwo men have been arrested for selling cocaine in the Alpena area. According to the Huron Undercover Narcotics Team, a 21-year-old Alpena man, and a 43 year-old Hubbard Lake man were arrested on Friday July 7th.A two–month investigation led to the arrest when the H.U.N.T. Team noticed an increase of cocaine in the Alpena area. The 21-year-old and the 43-year-old were found with 4 ounces of cocaine packaged for delivery, along with cash.The two men were charged with delivery of cocaine, conspiracy to deliver cocaine and possession with intent to deliver cocaine over 50 grams, and were lodged at the Alpena County Jail.Each man faces up to 20 years behind bars and possible fines ranging from $25,000 to $250,000.AddThis Sharing ButtonsShare to FacebookFacebookShare to TwitterTwitterShare to MoreAddThis Tags: Coke Bust, HUNT Team, Huron Undercover Narcotics TeamContinue ReadingPrevious Thunder Bay Theatre Holds a ‘West Side Story’ One Weekend Only ConcertNext Grand Hotel Celebrates 130th Anniversary!last_img read more

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