(WORLDWIDE) #Coronavirus Press Report: Recognising #PressFreedom day During the #Pandemic and ‘ Free-Flow ‘ of information across the world and governments are looking to clamp down on any #truths that may lead to them being shown- up as providing mis-information to the public at large #AceNewsDesk reports

#AceNewsReport – May.04: During the face of a global pandemic, there is an urgent need for reporting relating to the spread of the #coronavirus and how governments are responding. But it is in times of crisis that the civil liberties we value most are put to the test—and that is exactly what is happening now as governments around the world clamp down on journalism and stifle the free flow of critical information:

With so little currently known about the novel coronavirus, governments around the world have seized the opportunity to control the narrative around the virus and their responses to it. In countries including Algeria, Azerbaijan, China, Hungary, Indonesia, Iran, Palestine, Russia, South Africa, Thailand, and more, authorities have banned individuals and journalists from sharing false or misleading information about the coronavirus.

Criminalizing “false information,” however, gives the party in control of law enforcement the power to define what information is “true” or “correct.” And such laws also give the government and the power to censor, detain, arrest, and prosecute those who share information that doesn’t align with the official state narrative.

This is already happening. In Cambodia, police have arrested at least 17 people for spreading “false information” about coronavirus—including four members of the opposition political party, all of whom remain in detention, and a teenage girl expressing fears on social media about the  rumored spread of the virus at her school.

In Turkey, authorities have detained people for making “unfounded” postings on social media criticizing the Turkish government’s response to the pandemic and suggesting that the coronavirus was spreading widely in the country—even though, according to independent reporting, this is exactly the case.

Police in Indian-administered Kashmir have detained journalists and threatened them with prosecution. The detained journalists had posted on social media about coronavirus, and about government censorship and militancy in Kashmir.

Even Puerto Rico, a United States territory that—like the fifty states—is bound by the free speech protections enshrined in the Constitution, has enacted a plainly unconstitutional law prohibiting, in certain circumstances, the spread of some types of “false information” related to the government’s response to the virus.

But as the world battles a novel and little-understood virus threatening lives and livelihoods around the globe, ensuring the free flow of information is more important now than ever. Who knows how the course of the virus could have been different if China had not silenced Wuhan Doctor Li Wenliang when he sought to sound the alarm about the new coronavirus during its earliest days, instead of silencing him with accusations of spreading false rumors?  

By embracing China’s approach, governments are choosing to censor, instead of foster, reporting about how the crisis is unfolding. The threat of interrogation, detention, and arrest chills journalists, political activists, and individuals from sharing their experiences, investigating official actions, or challenging the government’s narrative.

To be sure, governments play a critical role in battling the global pandemic—and that includes by acting as sources of important information. But that does not mean that governments should anoint themselves the sole arbiters of truth and falsity, and strip individuals’ rights to investigate the government’s claims, question the official narrative, and share their research, observations, or experiences.  

After all, the very premise of “false news” laws—that there always exists an identifiable, objective “truth”—is often hollow. Particularly in this quickly evolving crisis, even the most well-intentioned parties’ understandings of the virus are changing rapidly. Only two months ago, the U.S. government was stating that face masks were not effective and instructing people not to wear them—but today, the opposite guidance is in effect (and has been in some other countries for some time now).

Moreover, the United States Supreme Court has made clear that even intentionally false speech cannot be criminalized where that speech does not cause material, provable harm. Allowing the government to police individuals’ speech for truth or falsity would simply be too great a burden on the right to speak free from government scrutiny. “Our constitutional tradition stands against the idea that we need Oceania’s Ministry of Truth.”

Although international human rights law (namely, Article 19 of the International Covenant on Civil and Political Rights, or ICCPR) allows for certain restrictions on free expression—provided by law and deemed necessary—for the protection of national security, public health, public order, or morals, a 2017 joint declaration of special mandates unequivocally opposed general prohibitions on fake news:

General prohibitions on the dissemination of information based on vague and ambiguous ideas, including “false news” or “non-objective information,” are incompatible with international standards for restrictions on freedom of expression . . . and should be abolished.

And in a new report on COVID-19 and freedom of expression, David Kaye, the UN Special Rapporteur on Special Rapporteur on the promotion and protection of the right to freedom of opinion and expression, acknowledged the harms that mis- and disinformation poses in a pandemic, noted the elusiveness of any singular definition of disinformation, and re-emphasized the importance of countering untruths. But the Special Rapporteur warned against laws aimed at punishing false information, cautioning:

Measures to combat disinformation must never prevent journalists and media actors from carrying out their work or lead to content being unduly blocked on the Internet. . . . Vague prohibitions of disinformation effectively empower government officials with the ability to determine the truthfulness or falsity of content in the public and political domain.

As we observe World Press Freedom Day and celebrate the work of the press to hold governments accountable, we must also protect the ability of journalists, activists, and citizens to speak out without fear that they will be arrested or imprisoned for the information they share.

#AceNewsDesk report ……………Published May 04, 2020 at 08:02PM
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SWEDEN: ‘ PIRATE BAY & TORRENT SITES DOWNED BY SWEDISH POLICE ACCORDING TO REPORTS ‘

#AceNewsServices – SWEDEN:Dec.10 – The Pirate Bay and several other torrent websites temporarily disappeared from the internet on Tuesday.

' The Pirate Bay '

‘ The Pirate Bay ‘

Reports say the sites were downed in a raid by Swedish police, which seized servers, computers, and equipment of previously elusive web pirates.

The Pirate Bay site appeared back online late on Tuesday, changing its web domain to .cr (Costa Rica). Prior to that, however, it was reportedly unavailable for hours.

“There has been a crackdown on a server room in Greater Stockholm. This is in connection with violations of copyright law,” police national coordinator for IP enforcement, Paul Pintér, said in a statement, as quoted by TorrentFreak.

Other details are being kept under wraps, including the location of the operation and exact targets.

The operation took place in the morning and lasted into the afternoon, expert file-sharing case prosecutor Fredrik Ingblad told Radio Sweden (SR).

“There were a number of police officers and digital forensics experts there. This took place during the morning and continued until this afternoon. Several servers and computers were seized, but I cannot say exactly how many,” Ingblad said.

There are reports of at least one man being detained in connection to the case, according to TorrentFreak.

Swedish Metro reported that Ingblad initiated the police effort.

Other sites reportedly downed by the raid include EZTV, Zoink, Torrage, and the Istole tracker.

The Pirate Bay’s forums were also offline, including Suprbay.org, Bayimg.com, and Pastebay.net.

In November, police arrested the third and final co-founder of The Pirate Bay, Hans Fredrik Lennart Neij, who spent four years on the run from authorities.

' ​Last of Pirate Bay founders arrested on Laos-Thailand border '

‘ ​Last of Pirate Bay founders arrested on Laos-Thailand border ‘

The 36-year-old Swede, known in hacking communities as ‘TiAMO,’ was on his way to Thailand with his Laotian wife when he was detained at a border checkpoint in Nong Khai under a warrant issued by Interpol.

#ANS2014 

#internet, #pirate-bay, #torrent-sites

THE WHITE HOUSE WANTS TO ISSUE YOU AN ONLINE ID CARD – Police State USA

Another step to “Police State America” here, links below and video, this isn’t good for you guys in the USA, having an Internet Licence, so you are logged on mobile phones, tablets. laptops, PC’s and any other device. Why do this?

A few years back, the White House had a brilliant idea: Why not create a single, secure online ID that Americans could use to verify their identity across multiple websites, starting with local government services. The New York Times described it at the time as a “driver’s license for the internet.”

Sound convenient? It is. Sound scary? It is.

237996-privacy-bill-of-rightsNext month, a pilot program of the “National Strategy for Trusted Identities in Cyberspace” will begin in government agencies in two US states, to test out whether the pros of a federally verified cyber ID outweigh the cons.

The goal is to put to bed once and for all our current ineffective and tedious system of using passwords for online authentication, which itself was a cure for the even more ineffective and tedious process of walking into a brick-and-mortar building and presenting a human being with two forms of paper identification.

The rub is that online identity verification is heaps more convenient for citizens and cost-effective for government agencies, but it’s also fraught with insecurities; federal and state governments lose billions of dollars a year to fraud, and that trickles down to taxpayers.

Meanwhile, the technology for more secure next-gen authentication exists, developed by various tech firms in the public sector, but security groups have had a hell of a time implementing any of them on a broad scale. Enter the government, which proposed the national ID strategy to help standardize the process using a plan called the “identity ecosystem.”

The vision is to use a system that works similarly to how we conduct the most sensitive forms of online transactions, like applying for a mortgage. It will utilize two-step authentication, say, some combination of an encrypted chip in your phone, a biometric ID, and question about the name of your first cat.

But instead of going through a different combination of steps for each agency website, the same process and ID token would work across all government services: from food stamps and welfare to registering for a fishing license.

The original proposal was quick to point out that this isn’t a federally mandated national ID. But if successful, it could pave the way for an interoperable authentication protocol that works for any website, from your Facebook account to your health insurance company.

There’s no doubt secure online identification is a problem overdue for a solution, but creating a system that would work like an all-access token for the internet is a scary can of worms to open.

To start, there’s the privacy issue. Unsurprisingly, the Electronic Frontier Foundation immediately pointed out the red flags, arguing that the right to anonymous speech in the digital realm is protected under the First Amendment. It called the program “radical,” “concerning,” and pointed out that the plan “makes scant mention of the unprecedented threat such a scheme would pose to privacy and free speech online.”

And the keepers of the identity credentials wouldn’t be the government itself, but a third party organization. When the program was introduced in 2011, banks, technology companies or cellphone service providers were suggested for the role, so theoretically Google or Verizon could have access to a comprehensive profile of who you are that’s shared with every site you visit, as mandated by the government.

Post-NSA revelations, we have a good sense for the dystopian Big Brother society the EFF is worried about. As the organization told the Times, at the least “we would need new privacy laws or regulations to prohibit identity verifiers from selling user data or sharing it with law enforcement officials without a warrant.”

Then there’s the problem of putting all your security eggs in one vulnerable basket. If a hacker gets their hands on your cyber ID, they have the keys to everything.

For now, this is all just speculation. The program is just entering a test phase with select state government agencies only (there are currently plans to expand the trial out to 10 more organizations.)

But it’s not far-fetched to think we’re moving toward a standardized way to prove our identity in cyberspace the same way we do offline.

The White House argues cutting down on inefficiencies and fraud would bolster the information economy. In an era where we have cars that drive themselves and flying robots delivering beer, you have to wonder how much longer people are going to put up with standing in line at the DMV for four hours to hand a teller (with a taxpayer-paid salary) a copy of your birth certificate and piece of mail to prove you are you.

If an analysis of the pilot programs in Michigan and Pennsylvania find the centralized ID saves time and money and spares us the DMV line, privacy advocates are going to have a hell of a fight ahead of them.

http://motherboard.vice.com/read/the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id

http://yourtubenews.ning.com/forum/topics/alert-the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id?commentId=3181219%3AComment%3A752001

http://beforeitsnews.com/chemtrails/2014/04/alert-the-white-house-wants-to-issue-you-an-online-id-2447060.html

#authentication, #fraud, #government-agencies, #government-services, #internet, #local-government-services, #national-id, #online-id, #online-identification, #passwords, #power, #privacy, #security, #the-white-house, #white-house

“Turkish Government has Submitted Proposals to Amend a Disputed Internet Bill”

#AceWorldNews says that the Turkish government has submitted proposals to amend a disputed internet bill, which was passed by parliament a week ago.

There are also calls for President Abdullah Gul to veto it.

The first amendment proposes that Turkey’s Directorate of Telecommunication (TIB) be unable to block access to web pages and instead must send its decision to a court, which must decide itself within 24 hours, or the initial TIB decision become void.

The second amendment is aimed at making sure information on internet traffic would be collected using IP and subscriber numbers, instead of URL’s, which are seen as more insidious.

#first-amendment, #internet, #ip, #second-amendment, #subscribers, #tib, #turkish

” Saudi Arabia has been `Warned’ they could be `Shut-Down’ if they `Break the Law ‘ by offending Isam”

#AceWorldNews says websites in Saudi Arabia have been warned that they could be shut down if they break the law by offending Islam, abusing people or insulting community traditions and culture, the information ministry announced.

Under Saudi internet regulations, censorship is not imposed on on-line news sites, but editors are accountable for the content posted.

It also said that a division has been set to address alleged irregularities and complaints for the posted content.

#censorship, #editors, #information, #internet, #islam, #ministry, #regulators, #saudi-arabia

“Francois Hollande would not accept `Tax Optimisation Strategies’ for Multinational Internet Giants like Google”

#AceWorldNews says President Francois Hollande said Thursday that France would not continue to accept the tax optimisation strategies used by multinational Internet giants like Google.

“This is not acceptable,” he told journalists, adding that he would discuss making a “tax harmonisation effort” with US President Barack Obama when the two meet in Washington next week.
His comments follow reports that France is seeking one billion euros ($1.36 billion) in tax from Google.

#france, #google, #internet, #president-francois-hollande, #tax, #us-president-barack-obama, #washington

Chinese Internet Traffic Redirected to Small Wyoming House

#AceNewsServices says “Chinese Internet Traffic Redirected to Small Wyoming House” #China

China News

In one of the more bizarre twists in recent Internet memory, much of the Internet traffic in China was redirected to a small, 1,700-square-foot house in Cheyenne, Wyoming, on Tuesday.

A large portion of China’s 500 million Internet users were unable to load websites ending in .com, .net or .org for nearly eight hours in most regions of China, according to Compuware, a Detroit-based technology company.

The China Internet Network Information Center, a state-run agency that deals with Internet affairs, said it had traced the problem to the country’s domain name system. And one of China’s biggest antivirus software vendors, Qihoo 360 Technology, said the problems affected roughly three-quarters of the country’s domain name system servers.

Those servers, which act as a switchboard for Internet traffic behind China’s Great Firewall, routed traffic from some of China’s most popular sites, including Baidu and Sina, to a…

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#aceworldnews, #chinese, #internet, #wyoming

#AceWorldNews According to Reuters Chancellor Angela Merkel wants…

#AceWorldNews According to Reuters Chancellor Angela Merkel wants their own German Internet following the recent data scandal involving the US, who of course flatly deny any involvement #NSA

#angelamerkel, #german, #internet, #reuters, #us

NSA: Fear of a Black Van – ZDNet – We Fear What We Do Not Understand

Fear terror eye

Fear terror eye (Photo credit: @Doug88888)

As with these articles l have posted recently with regard to the NSA, this one from ZDNet caught my eye! As it relates to people who fear what might ,could happen and what they are told, will happen! If they are not protected from the ever-present danger of terrorism!

The part that was in my opinion most relevant has been copied, pasted ,highlighted and in bold below:

What pushes our buttons is fear. We’re afraid that something we do, something we say, or even that we know someone will cause the full might and power of the U.S. government to descend down upon us and ruin our lives.

Most of us are generally law-abiding. Oh, sure. We might speed up to 66 in a 65-mile zone to get out-of-the-way of a nutball driver. We might still have one or two MP3s from the early Napster days, but we’ve bought all our music like good consumers ever since. We pay our taxes and while H&R Block might make an error, we’ll pay any fees if we’re required to.

Most of us are good citizens. And yet. What if the government is listening in, or watching, or scanning, and some algorithm triggers an investigation and some quota-happy g-man decides to make one of us a pet project?

So how much of these so-called security measures does the public have to endure in the name of protecting our interests, and how much is fabricated to allow a public to fear, what might happen! My personal view is, if you have enough people who are lemmings, with the right tools and in this case words, you can get many to jump of the cliff!

By the way it is a great article to read in full and l highly recommend the writer!

NSA: fear of a black van | ZDNet.

#acenewsservices, #eye-photo, #fear, #federal-government-of-the-united-states, #good-citizens, #internet, #napster, #national-security-agency, #nsa, #security, #technology, #united-states, #us-government, #zdnet

No PRISM. No Surveillance. No Government Back Doors. You Have our Word on it.

Giant US government Internet spying scandal revealed

 

Ixquick

Ixquick (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

 

 

 

The Washington Post and The Guardian have revealed a US government mass Internet surveillance program code-named “PRISM”. They report that the NSA and the FBI have tapped directly into the servers of nine US service providers, including Facebook, Microsoft, Google, Apple, Yahoo, YouTube, AOL and Skype, and began this surveillance program at least seven years ago. (clarifying slides)

 

These revelations are shaking up an international debate.

 

StartPage has always been very outspoken when it comes to protecting people’s Privacy and civil liberties. So it won’t surprise you that we are a strong opponent of overreaching, unaccountable spy programs like PRISM. In the past, even government surveillance programs that were begun with good intentions have become tools for abuse, such as tracking civil rights and anti-war protesters.

 

Programs like PRISM undermine our Privacy, disrupt faith in governments, and are a danger to the free Internet.

 

StartPage and its sister search engine Ixquick have in their 14-year history never provided a single byte of user data to the US government, or any other government or agency. Not under PRISM, nor under any other program in the US, nor under any program anywhere in the world.

 

Here’s how we are different:

 

  • StartPage does not store any user data. We make this perfectly clear to everyone, including any governmental agencies. We do not record the IP addresses of our users and we don’t use tracking cookies, so there is literally no data about you on our servers to access. Since we don’t even know who our customers are, we can’t share anything with Big Brother. In fact, we’ve never gotten even a single request from a governmental authority to supply user data in the fourteen years we’ve been in business.
  • StartPage uses encryption (HTTPS) by default. Encryption prevents snooping. Your searches are encrypted, so others can’t “tap” the Internet connection to snoop what you’re searching for. This combination of not storing data together with using strong encryption for the connections is key in protecting your Privacy.
  • Our company is based in The Netherlands, Europe. US jurisdiction does not apply to us, at least not directly. Any request or demand from ANY government (including the US) to deliver user data, will be thoroughly checked by our lawyers, and we will not comply unless the law which actually applies to us would undeniably require it from us. And even in that hypothetical situation, we refer to our first point; we don’t even have any user data to give. We will never cooperate with voluntary spying programs like PRISM.
  • StartPage cannot be forced to start spying. Given the strong protection of the Right to Privacy in Europe, European governments cannot just start forcing service providers like us to implement a blanket spying program on their users. And if that ever changed, we would fight this to the end.

 

Privacy. It’s not just our policy, it’s our mission.

 

Sincerely,

Robert E.G. Beens
CEO StartPage.com and Ixquick.com

 

 

#computer-surveillance, #google, #government-surveillance, #internet, #internet-surveillance, #ip-address, #ixquick, #startpage, #technology, #united-states, #washington-post, #youtube

Love Of Money And The Route Of All Evil Comes Home To Roost In 2013-2016

Are banks still too big to fail?

The worship of Mammon

The worship of Mammon (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Of course they are, as the banks were allowed to build a system designed only to favour themselves! Based on the premise they will eventually not need us, as we and our debts created by them, will bring them down! It is true that we funded their corrupt system, but we are now their biggest liability, and not the cash cow we once were! So to stop that happening, we will become surplus to requirements and they will close their doors to us, and using their system control this world from their ivory towers!

There are three areas of control in this world that holds the very fabric of society together, these are food, clothing and our homes! By invading the privacy of our homes, with Smart TV’s and Google Glasses they begin to spy on us! By watching us like lab rats in our own environment the way we eat, what we eat and how we live our lives ,using smart fridges, smart meters and smarter computers , they will control our very existence!

Once they have amassed all this information in servers bigger than 10 story buildings, they will know how we think and using this information, sell it to the highest bidder! This will then allow those that buy it, to control our lives like never before, deciding not just what we eat, wear or what house we live in, but designing the environment around us, to fit their design, not ours!

If and when they control our food, clothes and homes ,they will control our lives and by controlling our lives ,will control all of us! Then if we step out of line refuse to toe the line or just disagree with their design, we will become surplus to their requirements! We become the pestilence that needs eradicating, that is using up all the “Earths” resources thus not leaving enough ,for the “Haves” our foraging turned into greed, to be stopped anyway they can!

This is when the “ Love Of Money Becomes The Root Of All Evil” and the world of man becomes the world of haves controlling the have-nots ,by their so-called “Power” thus eradicating “God” from our conscience and leaving “Evil” to rule the “Earth” in the name of “Mammon” !

Our news desk receives many such links to documents worth sharing one such can be found at this link:

Machines Begin Taking Social Out of Social Media https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IJX_gKqwpNhDvgv9lxjfhdiR81Dlp7aYLmrR8Z7gmKk/edit

#android, #cash-cow, #companies, #gadgets, #google, #google-tv, #internet, #lab-rats, #search-engines, #searching, #smart-meters, #smart-tv, #technology, #tools