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Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctioned

first_img Organisation Online freedoms RSF_en Help by sharing this information Online freedoms center_img Reporters Without Borders condemns the criminal cooperation that exists between many western companies, especially those operating in the new technology area, and authoritarian regimes.“These companies no longer have any reservations about collaborating with criminal governments,” Reporters Without Borders secretary-general Jean-François Julliard said. “Providing dictatorships with communication equipment or confidential data is irresponsible. A total of 122 bloggers and netizens are currently detained worldwide. The companies that work with these governments are complicit and responsible for the fate of these detainees. Financial sanctions should be imposed on companies collaborating with governments that jail bloggers or censor the Internet.“Without financial sanctions, these practices will not stop. Companies are not above the law. There are courts that try illicit practices by companies. Why shouldn’t they try the criminal responsibility of companies that collaborate with regimes that are guilty of crimes? Provision should be made at the national level for penalizing such collaboration, and referral to the International Criminal Court should be considered when companies become the accomplices to war crime by dictators. After being concerned about impunity for dictators, the world should now be worrying about impunity for companies.“Human lives are at stake. Must they be sacrificed for the sake of profits? The leaders of international companies operating in the new technology domain, especially telecommunications surveillance, in Libya, Syria, Burma, China, Turkmenistan and other authoritarian counties should think about their responsibility. Their tools, their equipment and their know-how are being used for criminal purposes.”These technologies are at the heart of a new war. Emails can now be intercepted, Skype calls can be recorded, webcams can be turned on remotely and Internet content can be modified without the users knowing. Reporters Without Borders urges Internet users to be much more careful.Reporters Without Borders reiterates the need for legislation banning cooperation between companies and dictatorships on the lines of the proposed Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA) in the United States and its European equivalent. Like the EU regulations on trade in products that could be used for “capital punishment, torture or other cruel treatment,” there is now a need to introduce international regulations on the provision of technology that threaten cyber-citizens, to control the export of certain technologies, to create a monitoring body that is independent of governments and to have dissuasive sanctions ready. Companies should also have legal and official recourse against measures in countries like China or Iran that force them to obstruct the free flow of information.The GOFA, a bill submitted to the US Congress in 2006 and still awaiting adoption, aims to prevent US companies from “cooperating with repressive governments in transforming the Internet into a tool of censorship and surveillance.” The European equivalent, submitted to the European Parliament on 17 July 2008 by Dutch MEP Jules Maaten of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe (ALDE), aims to forestall online censorship possibilities and to regulate the potentially repressive activities of European Internet companies. It would create an Office of Global Internet Freedom with the job of combating online censorship by the most repressive governments and protecting the personal data of Internet users.These measures are now urgent and necessary. Examples of companies cooperating with such governments are on the increase. Referring in May to Microsoft’s acquisition of the Internet telephony company Skype, Microsoft Russia president Nikolay Pryanishnikov said he was ready to provide its source code to the Russian security services. Microsoft is nonetheless a leading member of the Global Network Initiative, an alliance that brings private-sector companies and investment funds together with organizations that defend freedoms.Many other companies that have shown no interest in the GNI’s principles seem ready to stop at nothing to conquer new markets. Bull, Nokia, BlueCoat, Netfirms and Cisco have all yielded to the lure of profits. Reporters Without Borders has compiled the following summary of their repressive practices.Libya: Bull (France) and Boeing (Unites States)Amesys, a subsidiary of the French computer company Bull, reportedly provided Col. Muammar Gaddafi with Internet surveillance equipment, including a system called Eagle that can intercept email sent via Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! and monitor MSN and AIM instant messaging. According to the Wall Street Journal, several files containing transcripts of phone and chat conversations between government opponents were found in Libyan intelligence agency computers.Boeing and its offshoot Narus, which specializes in software that protects against Internet attacks, are also suspected of cooperating with the Gaddafi regime. They have denied this.Syria and BlueCoat (United States)According to a study of Syria’s censorship infrastructure last month by Telecomix, Fhim and Reflets.info, the Syrian government’s phishing and website blocking is assisted by the US company BlueCoat. The passwords and “private” communications of Yahoo! Messenger, MSN and Facebook users are being recorded with the help of technology provided by BlueCoat, the survey said. BlueCoat has allegedly provided Syria with at least two different technologies, including Deep Packet Inspection (DPI), which can be used to intercept all sorts of communication including emails and phone calls as well as photos and messages posted on online social networks such and Facebook and Twitter, and proxy filters.Bahrain and Nokia Siemens Network (Finland)Nokia Siemens Network (NSN) has been accused of providing the monitoring technology that the Bahraini authorities have been using to spy on the emails, mobile phone conversations and text message of dozens of human rights activists. Abdul Al-Khanjar, an activist who was detained from August 2010 to February 2011, said the security officials who interrogated him revealed that they had the records of the messages he had sent from his phone. Speaking on condition of anonymity, several Nokia employees confirmed that this technology had been provided to Bahrain. Ahmed Al-Doseri, director of information and communications at Bahrain’s Telecommunications Regulatory Authority, confirmed that Bahrain was using this kind of sophisticated monitoring technology. There may be a European Union investigation into these allegations.Nokia spokesman Ben Roome said: “We are very aware that communications technology can be used for good and ill.” Reporters Without Borders regrets that this awareness is not reflected in the company’s commercial decisions. Nokia and Siemens already provided Iran with software necessary for telecommunications surveillance in 2009. Nokia confirmed that it had sold DPI-based technology to Iran.Thailand and Netfirms (Canada)Netfirms Inc, a Canadian web hosting company that is also based in the United States, provided the Thai government with information that enabled it to identify Anthony Chai, a US citizen of Thai origin, as the person who was anonymously conducting a pro-democracy blog in the Thai language, Manusaya.com. As a result, the Thai authorities were able to arrest and interrogate Chai at Bangkok airport, when he visited Thailand, and even got him to meet with a Thai official after he had returned to California. They also warned him that he would be arrested for lèse-majesté if he went back to Thailand. Chai filed a complaint against Netfirms on 24 August for providing his email and IP addresses to the Thai authorities without his knowledge, and for closing down his blog at their request.China and Cisco (United States)The US computer technology company Cisco Systems has been accused not only of providing China since 2007 with the technology for a censorship system called Golden Shield, used for identifying political dissidents, but also of helping to set up and develop the system. Two complaints have been recently filed against Cisco in the United States: one on 19 May in a court in San Jose, California, by the Falun Gong, a religious movement banned in China, and one in June in a Maryland court by three Chinese netizens – Liu Xianbin, Du Daobin and Zhou Yuanzhi – and 10 other people.Both lawsuits stress the Chinese government’s use of Cisco’s technology to identify online dissidents and the fact that this enabled the authorities to detain and torture them. Cisco has denied any role in Chinese repression in a message posted on the company’s blog by vice-president Mark Chandler. “We have never customized our equipment to help the Chinese government – or any government – censor content, track Internet use by individuals or intercept Internet communications,” Chandler wrote.Nonetheless, Cisco cannot deny providing the Chinese government with security technology including Deep Packet Inspection, which can be used to track down cyber-dissidents. News September 2, 2011 – Updated on August 31, 2016 Companies that cooperate with dictatorships must be sanctionedlast_img read more

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Long Island Outdoor Movie Nights Summer 2016

first_imgSign up for our COVID-19 newsletter to stay up-to-date on the latest coronavirus news throughout New York By John DundonWhether sprawled out on a blanket or reclined in cars throwing it back to the days of drive-in movies, Long Islanders will once again be treated to outdoor movies  all summer long.Dozens of films from both new and old will be screened—weather permitting—across the Island in the coming months. The parks, beaches and community centers that host the events are sure to be fun filled, family centric environments for all to enjoy–usually free of charge. Pack snacks, drinks and lots of insect repellant.“Grab a blanket, pack some snacks and come enjoy some family-friendly movies under the stars this summer,” said Nassau County Executive Mangano.Below is a list of all outdoor movie screenings across the Island from early June through Labor Day.Independence Day (Drive in, $10 donation to 9/11 memorial required)Overlook Beach, Ocean Parkway, Babylon. Friday, June 10, 8:30 p.m. Rocky IIISunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, June 18, 8:15 p.m. Princess BrideLafayette Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, June 25, 8:15 p.m.The DescendantsTanner Park, Baylawn Avenue, Copiague. Monday, June 27, movie begins at duskMORE: It’s farmers’ market season! Find out if there’s one near youStar Wars: The Force AwakensHeckscher Park, 164 Main St, Huntington. Monday, June 27, 7:30 p.m. Book of LifeCedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, Seaford. Tuesday, July 5, 8:30 p.m.PeanutsHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 7, 8:35 p.m. Max (Drive in)Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 7, 7:30 p.m. *RESCHEDULED TO JULY 14 DUE TO RAIN*MinionsJones Beach band shell, Jones Beach, Wantagh. Thursday, July 7, 8 p.m. Jurassic WorldSyosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7800 Jericho Tpke, Syosset. Friday, July 8, movie begins at duskMama MiaLincoln Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, July 9, 8:15 p.m.Back to the FutureSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 9, 8:30 p.m. Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesBabylon Town Hall, 200 E. Sunrise Hwy., Lindenhurst. Monday, July 11, movie begins at duskLilo and StitchCasamento Park, Muncey Road, West Islip. Monday, July 11, movie begins at darkMatildaJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, 101 E. Broadway Ave., Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 12, movie starts at duskMORE: The Jones Beach summer concert series is in full swing. Here’s a list of who’s performing this yearMinionsEllsworth W. Allen Town Park, 45 Motor Ave., Farmingdale. Wednesday, July 13, movie starts at dusk GoosebumpsJones Beach band shell, Jones Beach, Wantagh. Thursday, July 14, 8 p.m.Hotel Transylvania 2Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 14, 8:30 p.m. Star Wars: The Force AwakensNew York Ave., Long Beach. Saturday, July 16, 8 p.m.Pete’s DragonClinton G. Martin Park, New Hyde Park Road, New Hyde Park. Sunday, July 17, 7:30 p.m. Jurassic WorldJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, 101 E. Broadway Ave., Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 19, movie starts at duskDespicable Me 2Cedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, Seaford. Tuesday, July 19, 8:40 p.m.CasablancaChelsea Mansion, 34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. Wednesday, July 20., 8:30 p.m. Finding Nemo (Drive in)Crab Meadow Beach, Waterside Avenue, Northport. Thursday, July 21, 7:30 p.m. PanJones Beach band shell, Jones Beach, Wantagh Thursday, July 21, 8 p.m.MinionsHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 21, 8:30 p.m.  The SandlotPlainview-Old Bethpage Community Park, 175 Washington Ave., Plainview. Thursday, July 21, movie begins at duskJawsNeptune Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, July 23, 8 p.m.A League of Their Own(Donations being accepted for Copiague Fire Dept.) Tanner Park, Baylawn Avenue, Copiague. Monday, July 25, movie begins at dusk Stand by MeBohemia Recreation Center, 1 Ruzicka Way, Bohemia. Monday, July 25, movie begins at darkThe Good DinosaurJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, 101 E. Broadway Ave., Port Jefferson. Tuesday, July 26, movie starts at duskHomeHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, July 28, 8:15 p.m.The Good DinosaurJones Beach band shell, Jones Beach, Wantagh. Thursday, July 28, 8 p.m. Star Wars: The Force AwakensHoyt Farm Town Park, 200 New Hwy., Commack. Friday, July 29, 8:30 p.m. The Good DinosaurStotzky Park, Columbus Avenue, Riverhead. Friday, July 29, 8:30 p.m. MORE: Need a daycation? Here’s a complete beginner’s guide to Fire IslandStar Wars: The Force AwakensJohn J. Burns Park, 4990 Merrick Road, Massapequa. Friday, July 29, movie begins at duskRocky Horror Picture ShowLincoln Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, July 30, 7:45 p.m.Pitch Perfect 2Sunset Park, 10 Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m. Hotel Transylvania 2Jones Beach band shell, Jones Beach. Saturday, July 30, 8 p.m.The InternJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, 101 E. Broadway Ave., Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 2, movie starts at duskAlexander and the Terrible, Horrible, No Good Very Bad DayCedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, Seaford. Tuesday, August 2, 8:15 p.m.Citizen CaneChelsea Mansion, 34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. Wednesday, Aug. 3, 8:15 p.m.Inside OutSyosset-Woodbury Community Park, 7880 Jericho Tpke., Syosset. Wednesday, Aug. 3, movie begins at duskMinionsHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 4, 7:30 p.m.  Kung Fu Panda 3Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Jericho Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 4, 8:15 p.m.Inside OutJones Beach band shell, Jones Beach, Wantagh. Thursday, Aug. 4, 8 p.m. ZootopiaNeptune Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, Aug. 6, 7:45 p.m.MinionsSunset Park, Main Street, Port Washington. Saturday, Aug. 6, 8 p.m. West Side StoryBrookwood Hall, 50 Irish Lane, East Islip. Monday, Aug. 8, movie begins at darkMORE: Do you and your family love great food? Of course you do! Here’s a Guide To 11 Long Island Food FestivalsTootsieClark Botanic Garden, 193 Willets Road, Roslyn Heights. Tuesday, Aug. 9, 8:15 p.m. Mission Impossible: Rogue NationJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, 101 E. Broadway Ave., Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 9, movie starts at duskGoosebumpsHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 11, 8:05 p.m.CinderellaJones Beach band shell, Jones Beach, Wantagh. Thursday, August 11, 8 p.m. Finding NemoWading River Beach, 131 Creek Road, Wading River. Friday, Aug. 12, 8:30 p.m. Jurassic WorldNew York Ave., Long Beach. Saturday, Aug. 13, 7:30 p.m.Inside OutPeter Nelson Park, Oakwood Road, Huntington. Monday, Aug. 15, 7:30 p.m. PanJeanne Garant Harborfront Park, 101 E. Broadway Ave., Port Jefferson. Tuesday, Aug. 16, movie starts at duskCharlie and the Chocolate FactoryCedar Creek Park, Merrick Road, Seaford. Tuesday, August 16, 8 p.m.SabrinaChelsea Mansion, 34 Muttontown Lane, East Norwich. Wednesday, Aug. 17, 8 p.m.MORE: Are you a Cablevision customer? Well, it’s about to be sold. Learn about its imminent sale to an European-based telecom companyStar Wars: The Force Awakens  North Hempstead Beach Park, 285 Denton Ave., North Hempstead. Thursday, Aug.18, 8 p.m. Dirty DancingNeptune Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, Aug. 20, 7:30 p.m.Teenage Mutant Ninja TurtlesIslip Grange Park, 10 Broadway Ave., Sayville. Monday, Aug. 22, movie begins at dark Wizard of OzHarry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Thursday, Aug. 25, 7:45 p.m. ZootopiaJones Beach band shell, Jones Beach, Wantagh. Thursday, Aug. 25, 8 p.m.Star Wars: The Force Awakens  South Jamesport Beach, Peconic Bay Boulevard. Friday, Aug. 26, 8 p.m. ET: The Extra TerrestrialLafayette Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, Aug. 27, 7:15 p.m.Pan Harry Chapin Lakeside Theatre, Eisenhower Park, Hempstead Turnpike, East Meadow. Sunday, August 28, 8 p.m.Back to the FutureLincoln Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, Sept. 3, 7:15 p.m.MinionsNew York Ave., Long Beach. Saturday, Sept. 17, 6:45 p.m.Breakfast at Tiffany’sLafayette Blvd., Long Beach. Saturday, Sept. 24, 6:30 p.m.,Alure cube,Alure cubelast_img read more

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Lauren approves Arsenal’s transfer move for £30m star Yannick Carrasco

first_imgUnai Emery is keen to bolster his options during the summer transfer window (Picture: Getty)‘The English league is different to any other league in the world and takes time to adapt to.‘For his first year managing a Premier League side, he has done incredibly well especially as the Premier League is completely different from the Spanish league he has come from.‘The fact that Emery has led Arsenal to a European final speaks volumes for how he has improved the club so far and there is much more to come from him as he finds his feet in the league.’Arsenal kick-start the 2019-2020 Premier League season with a trip to St James’ Park to face Newcastle United.More: FootballBruno Fernandes responds to Man Utd bust-up rumours with Ole Gunnar SolskjaerNew Manchester United signing Facundo Pellistri responds to Edinson Cavani praiseArsenal flop Denis Suarez delivers verdict on Thomas Partey and Lucas Torreira moves Comment Advertisement Advertisement Metro Sport ReporterFriday 21 Jun 2019 12:09 pmShare this article via facebookShare this article via twitterShare this article via messengerShare this with Share this article via emailShare this article via flipboardCopy link128Sharescenter_img Lauren is a fan of Carrasco and Mario Gotze (Picture: Getty)‘Mario Gotze is also another very good player that has been linked with Arsenal and he could do a great job at replacing Ramsey in Arsenal’s midfield.’Lauren also assessed Emery’s first season in charge of Arsenal. The Spaniard took over from legendary Frenchman Arsene Wenger last summer.‘Unai Emery has been brilliant at improving Arsenal since he has been at the club, he has brought fight to Arsenal and they needed that,’ Lauren added.‘Taking the team to the Europa League final, a final that Arsenal haven’t been in for a long time, and just missing out on the top four is a great achievement for his first season in England. Arsenal are interested in signing £30m-rated Yannick Carrasco (Picture: Getty)Lauren has approved Arsenal’s £30million transfer move for Belgium star Yannick Carrasco but says Mario Gotze would be an ideal alternative.Unai Emery is keen to bolster his options at the Emirates this summer but is said to only have around £40m to spend after the Gunners missed out on the Champions League.That figure will increase if Emery is able to offload any unwanted players, however, with Shkodran Mustafi, Lucas Torreira and Mesut Ozil all being linked with summer moves.Emery has made defensive reinforcements his priority but Arsenal ‘Invincible’ Lauren says more attacking players are also needed to support Pierre-Emerick Aubameyang and Alexandre Lacazette.AdvertisementAdvertisementADVERTISEMENTMore: FootballRio Ferdinand urges Ole Gunnar Solskjaer to drop Manchester United starChelsea defender Fikayo Tomori reveals why he made U-turn over transfer deadline day moveMikel Arteta rates Thomas Partey’s chances of making his Arsenal debut vs Man CityThe Gunners have been linked with a £30m deal for Belgian winger Carrasco and Lauren has approved the move, while insisting Gotze would also be welcome arrival in north London.‘Arsenal need to look at players to support both Aubameyang and Lacazette as the team have been relying on them too much,’ Lauren told bwin.‘This player could be from the Premier League or a European league, as long as they are given a pre-season to adapt to their team-mates.‘Yannick Carrasco has been linked with the club; he is a very good player and is someone that that Emery and his staff will be considering. Lauren approves Arsenal’s transfer move for £30m star Yannick Carrascolast_img read more

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