Internet governance, the position of Reporters Without Borders

first_img Organisation Help by sharing this information News RSF_en The second stage of the UN World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis from 16 to 18 November will discuss how to legally and technically administer the Internet. Reporters Without Borders stresses the bad effects on freedom of expression that alternatives proposed by some countries will have. The second stage of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS) in Tunis from 16 to 18 November will be a showy United Nations event where countries will try to agree on the legal and technical future of the Internet. How the Web is administered and regulated worldwide will be the hottest topic on the agenda. The United States currently controls the main bodies that run the Internet, including the main one, ICANN, a California-based legal body that assigns domain names worldwide. Virtually every other country criticises this US monopoly as unacceptable. The reaction is understandable because ICANN’s decisions, though they seem very technical, have direct political repercussions. It can, in theory, block access to country domain names (for example, all the .fr or .cn sites). Money is also an issue because the body that runs the Internet has power to give advantage to some technologies and thus certain firms. The recent hiring by Google of Internet pioneer Vinton Cerf, ICANN’s vice-president, has therefore raised concern.The situation can certainly be criticised but the proposed remedies seem much worse. China, Cuba and the world’s other most repressive countries want to hand over control of the Internet to an independent supra-national body such as the United Nations. But the UN’s clumsy record on human rights – its Rights Commission was recently chaired by Libya – make the prospect a chilling one. Do we really want the countries that censor the Internet and throw its users in prison to be in charge of regulating the flow of information on it? The simple fact of holding of WSIS in Tunisia, whose president and his family control the national media and Internet access with an iron grip, shows that freedom of expression is not seen as a key issue at the Summit.Yet under all the world’s dictatorships, the Internet is these days an outlet for independent news that escapes censorship. Seeing the Internet as just something technical and thus allowing the likes of Iran and Vietnam to take part in running it worldwide is a mistake that could cost hundreds of millions of users dearly.The European Union has recently distanced itself clearly from the US position. Without lining up with China, it wants the WSIS to come up with a new multilateral decision-making process. It suggests that an international forum of private and public representatives be involved in running the Internet. But this is still too vague to be a credible alternative. The entire Internet depends on the reliability of procedures and technology approved by ICANN. Politicians sometimes have to be consulted, but giving too much importance to governments could harm the growth of the Web and undermine its stability.It is hard to justify ICANN being under control of one country forever. The United States will have to negotiate on this point and indeed it has proposed that the Internet be run by the private sector. It has to be admitted that the US has managed to develop the Internet without major problems and that it broadly respects online freedom of expression. So let us hope an acceptable compromise – that reduces government intervention to a minimum and guarantees freedom of expression -will be found at the WSIS. If not, it would be best to leave things as they are. November 10, 2005 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Internet governance, the position of Reporters Without Borderslast_img read more

Government announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19

first_imgFacebook Advertisement Print Twitter Government announces phased easing of public health restrictions WhatsApp Taoiseach Leo VaradkarIN A Government press conference today, Tuesday, March 24, Taoiseach Leo Varadkar announced further measures would be taken to slow down the spread of COVID-19 (coronavirus).The measures introduced will take place from midnight tonight will see the closure of “non-essential” retail services which include but not be limited to bookmakers, casinos, and theatres. Cafés and food services can remain open, but operate on a ‘take away’ basis.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The list of services which fall under the non-essential services will be made available by Government.There will be an increased presence of Gardaí in public parks to observe and enforce physical-distancing guidelines by the HSE. Gathering in groups of larger than 4 will be prohibited unless from the same household.Social WelfareThe pandemic unemployment payment will be increased from €203 to €350, as will the COVID related illness benefit. Self-employed people impacted will also be included in the unemployment payment scheme.In a bid to support businesses and maintain employment within companies, it was announced that Government will subsidise 70 per cent of salaries up to a cap of €410 per week tax-free payment.SchoolsSchools, universities and childcare facilities are set to remain closed until April 19, having originally supposed to reopen on March 29.HealthIt was announced that all private hospitals will operate on a not-for-profit basis to increase bed-availability, and staffing in the public health service. Minister for Health, Simon Harris noted all COVID-19 treatment would be free of charge and all people will be given the same level of care. NewsHealthPoliticsGovernment announces more measures to slow the spread of COVID-19By Cian Reinhardt – March 24, 2020 318 Linkedin TAGSCoronavirusCovid 19IrelandLimerick City and County center_img RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR ‘Everything tells us we are moving forward’ Institute of Public Health addresses loneliness as a challenge to national health in light of Covid-19 restrictions Mass COVID testing to take place at University of Limerick following fresh outbreak of virus among student population Limerick health chiefs urge public not to withhold information on virus contacts, as they investigate “complex and serious outbreaks” across midwest region Covid antibody testing opens to public at Shannon Airport Email Previous articleLimerick City and County Council supports new e-learning tool to help you identify Irish BumblebeesNext article19 Gardaí assigned to Limerick to offer support in wake of covid-19 virus Cian Reinhardthttp://www.limerickpost.ieJournalist & Digital Media Coordinator. Covering human interest and social issues as well as creating digital content to accompany news stories. [email protected] last_img read more

Taylor hails increase in Windies Women salaries ….New compensation package anounceds

first_imgST JOHN’S, Antigua – Effective October 1, 2016, women’s cricketers on retainer from the West Indies Cricket Board (WICB) will see an increase in their pay package. The number of women on retainer will also move from 11 to 15.An agreement between the WICB and the West Indies Players Association (WIPA) will see increases in annual retainer fees, sponsorship payments, match fees and captains’ allowances. The estimated increase will cost the WICB just under US$600 000 for the upcoming year. The new compensation package will benefit an unlimited number of non-retained players.Captain Stafanie Taylor appreciates the increase. She notes: “I believe we are stepping in the right direction. England and Australia are the two top teams where Women’s cricket is concerned and I think we can mirror what they are doing and get on their level. It’s good that the retainers and match fees have been increased and the girls love it. We hope that as time goes by more things will be improved.”Former captain Merissa Aguilleira is also happy. “I am really pleased and thankful about the increase. We have been working hard as a team with huge success. I strongly believe that an increase like this will only encourage us to work harder and continue representing the people of the Caribbean to the best of our abilities.”WICB CEO says, “We are hoping this new package (not only) will serve as an additional incentive for the current set of women, but (also) will serve as a drawing card to more women to be attracted to cricket.”WIPA president and CEO, Wavell Hinds, also thinks “our women senior team have been a solid elite performing group over the last decade, as such, the improvement and security in their compensation package is well deserved. We wish the team well for their upcoming home assignment”.West Indies women are now in camp for a home-series against England. The series will consist of five ODIs, the last three of which will count towards the ICC Women’s Championship, to be contested between October 8 and 19 at the Trelawny Multiplex and Sabina Park in Jamaica.A win in this series for the Windies women could seal a spot in the World Cup in the UK in June next year. West Indies are in second place with 20 points behind Australia. England are currently in third place.The ICC Women’s Championship, a multi-year bilateral competition, is between the top eight international women’s sides that will lead to automatic qualification for the top four teams.last_img read more

International expansion on the horizon for Yorkshire powerhouse Sky Betting & Gaming

first_img EFL urges government to rethink gambling sponsorship ban July 3, 2020 Filing its 2016/17 corporate accounts, Sky Betting & Gaming (SB&G) has detailed a ‘landmark year’ for its operations as group revenues surpassed the + £500 million revenue mark (FY 2015/16: 380 million).The Leeds-based operator claims to be the fastest growing online gambling firm, having increased its customer base to 2.6 million (2015/16: 1.9 million).Closing its 2016/17 year-end accounts, SB&G governance would declare corporate profits of £146 million, representing a 38% increase on corresponding 2015/16’s £105 million.SB&G’s rapid growth has seen the betting group recognised, as one of Yorkshire’s top technology firms. Emphasising in-house technology development, in 2017 SB&G has undertaken a significant recruitment drive for its Leeds headquarters and Sheffield tech-support hub.The accelerated growth of SB&G will please private equity firm CVC Capital, who in 2015 acquired the online gambling firm from UK broadcaster Sky Media for a total consideration of £800 million.Having established itself as a leading player within the saturated UK online betting market, SB&G is preparing to scale up its international presence, with the company having initially launched it services for the Italian and German betting markets this 2017.Further to building its technology competencies and expanding internationally, Sky Betting & Gaming Chief Executive Richard Flint has reaffirmed that social responsibility will continue to be a the forefront of its business operations, stating that his company seeks transparency between its services and customer engagement.Richard Flint, CEO of Sky Betting & Gaming, commented: “The business performed very well in 2016/17, with further investments in product, technology and brand delivering strong financial results. During the year, we invested in people and technology in our Yorkshire base, with a 40% increase in headcount, helping us to cement our position as the UK’s most popular online betting brand.”“We delivered innovative and market-leading products during the year, including an in-app RequestABet builder, real time promotions, crowd boosted accumulators, and personalised programmatic marketing. Protecting customers from harm, and providing a safe betting and gaming environment is critical to our success, and we continue to invest in more people and better processes to identify and protect vulnerable customers.” BGC: Charities win big as bookies take beating in Britannia Stakes June 19, 2020 StumbleUpon Related Articles PokerStars moves to refresh global appeal with ‘I’M IN’ August 18, 2020 Share Share Submitlast_img read more