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Lucrative surveillance market fed by desire to hunt down dissidents

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first_img Help by sharing this information Organisation News RSF_en center_img Reporters Without Borders reiterates its condemnation of the criminal cooperation between western hi-tech companies and authoritarian regimes, which is receiving renewed attention after the WikiLeaks website yesterday posted the “SpyFiles”, a series of documents shedding light on the scale of the 5-billion-dollar international market in mass surveillance and interception.Around 1,100 internal documents involving 160 companies in 25 countries are being made available to the international public by WikiLeaks in partnership with five news media – OWNI, The Washington Post, The Hindu, L’Espresso and ARD – and a British NGO, the Bureau of Investigative Journalism.The surveillance tools sold by these companies are used all over the world by armed forces, intelligence agencies, democratic governments and repressive regimes. The leading exporters of these technologies include the United States, France, Germany, Italy, United Kingdom and Israel. Among the companies singled out are BlueCoat (United States), Elaman (Germany), Gamma (United Kingdom), Amesys and Qosmos (France) and Aera SpA (Italy). An interactive map shows the countries and companies involved.The equipment and software on offer constitute a vast arsenal of surveillance resources. Any computer or mobile phone can be physically located, remotely hacked, or infected with a Trojan by means of telephone surveillance tools (SMS, calls and geolocation) Internet surveillance and analysis tools (email and browsing), voice analysis and cyber-attacks.“These new revelations by WikiLeaks provide confirmation and better documentation of the disgraceful cooperation between western companies and authoritarian regimes, which are being buffeted by the waves from the Arab Spring and want to control their dissidents at all costs,” Reporters Without Borders said.“By equipping oppressive regimes and giving them the means to track and arrest cyber-dissidents and human rights activists, these companies become the accomplices of serious crimes. It is time to end the impunity they enjoy and to impose financial sanctions on them.”Reporters Without Borders reiterates the proposal it made on 2 September for the creation of mechanisms under which companies that supply technological support to dictators guilty of war crimes can be referred to the International Criminal Court (LINK).Reporters Without Borders also urges the governments of the countries concerned to adopt effective measures to regulate this market and to prevent the export of technology, equipment and software to countries where they are likely to be used to violate freedom of expression and human rights.Companies should also establish monitoring mechanisms to ensure that equipment supplied to a “permitted” country is not subsequently transferred to one that is not. These regulations should also be adopted at the European Union level and by international organizations such as the Organization for Economic Cooperation and Development.Chris Smith, a Republican member of the US House of Representatives, is currently preparing a new version of his proposed Global Online Freedom Act (GOFA), which would ban the export of these technologies to countries such as Syria and Iran that restrict online free expression and target dissidents.The European version of the GOFA which Dutch MEP Jules Maaten of the Alliance of Liberals and Democrats for Europe submitted to the European Parliament in 2008 aims to forestall online censorship possibilities and to regulate the potentially repressive activities of European Internet companies. It needs to be modified to take account of the latest revelations and to reinforce the proposed regulatory mechanisms.The Sakharov Network of former winners of the Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought, which met in Brussels on 23 November at the invitation of European Parliament president Jerzy Buzek, was very firm in its condemnation of the involvement of private-sector companies in providing systems for monitoring and spying on the Internet and mobile phone networks.The Sakharov Prize laureates were unanimous in stressing the need for rapid action by the European Union to adopt clear and binding rules and legislation to regulate this sector. They also encouraged the European Parliament to follow up on the initial step it took in October when it adopted a resolution opposing the sale of surveillance resources and technology to countries that would use them to violate democratic principles, freedom of expression and human rights.Two examples from the SpyFilesWikiLeaks has published the contract that Amesys, a subsidiary of the French company Bull, signed with the Gaddafi regime. Last September, The Wall Street Journal and BBC reporters found documents in Col. Gaddafi’s headquarters showing that Amesys had provided the regime with very sophisticated surveillance equipment. It included a system called “Eagle” for intercepting Hotmail, Gmail and Yahoo! emails and monitoring MSN and AIM instant messaging.The Italian company Area SpA is currently installing a very elaborate Internet surveillance system in Syria called Asfador that is thought to be costing Bashar Al-Assad’s government more than 10 million euros. When operational, it would enable the regime to monitor all email exchanges anywhere on the Syrian Internet and to access the personal data of users. Area SpA employs technology provided by other western companies including the French company Qosmos, which recently pulled out of the project. Its withdrawal has not however stopped the project from going ahead.Read about other companies that have already been criticized by Reporters Without Borders, such as BlueCoat for its involvement in Syria and Nokia Siemens Networks for its involvement in Bahrain. December 2, 2011 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Lucrative surveillance market fed by desire to hunt down dissidentslast_img read more

Forest Service Lays Down the Law on Starting Fires

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first_img More Cool Stuff Subscribe Top of the News Community News If you were thinking about heading up to the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument, then building a fire, or lighting a stove, or welding, or firing a weapon, or smoking, the U.S. Forest Service has just three words for you:Forget about it.In a list of restrictions that went into effect on Aug. 1, and are to remain in effect until Feb. 1, the Forest Service included all of the above as prohibited activities, along with a few other things on a list of do’s and don’ts while venturing out into the wild.Under Forest Order 05-01-20-05, prohibited is “building, maintaining, attending or using a fire, campfire, or stove fire within the covered area. Smoking is also prohibited, as well as welding, or operating an acetylene or other torch with an open flame, and discharging a firearm, air rifle, or gas gun, except in the authorized public shooting ranges.”Anyone caught violating these rules may be punished by a fine of not more than $5,000 for an individual, or $10,000 for an organization, or imprisonment for not more than six months, or both.Like any other law, there are exceptions, and in this case they include “any federal, state or local officer, or member of an organized rescue or firefighting force performing an official duty; and persons with a permit from the Forest Service specifically authorizing the prohibited act or omission. … Persons hunting during the open hunting season as specified by the laws of the State of California, and possessing a valid California hunting license, may discharge a firearm at a legal game bird or mammal.”However, “Persons with a valid California Campfire Permit are not exempt from the prohibitions listed in the order.”Located primarily in the Angeles National Forest, the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument has a total of 346,177 acres. The forest, including the monument, provides 70 percent of the open space to more than 15 million people living within 90 minutes of the area, and provides a third of Los Angeles’ drinking water.The Angeles National Forest receives more than four million visitors per year. This number has been increasing since October 2014 when President Obama designated the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument from existing National Forest acreages which include approximately 342,000 acres of the Angeles National Forest and 4,000 acres of the San Bernardino National Forest. STAFF REPORT Pasadena’s ‘626 Day’ Aims to Celebrate City, Boost Local Economy Make a comment STAFF REPORT First Heatwave Expected Next Week faithfernandez More » ShareTweetShare on Google+Pin on PinterestSend with WhatsApp,Virtual Schools PasadenaHomes Solve Community/Gov/Pub SafetyPasadena Public WorksPasadena Water and PowerPASADENA EVENTS & ACTIVITIES CALENDARClick here for Movie Showtimes Get our daily Pasadena newspaper in your email box. Free.Get all the latest Pasadena news, more than 10 fresh stories daily, 7 days a week at 7 a.m. EVENTS & ENTERTAINMENT | FOOD & DRINK | THE ARTS | REAL ESTATE | HOME & GARDEN | WELLNESS | SOCIAL SCENE | GETAWAYS | PARENTS & KIDScenter_img Name (required)  Mail (required) (not be published)  Website  Public Safety Forest Service Lays Down the Law on Starting Fires New restrictions go into effect in the Angeles National Forest and the San Gabriel Mountains National Monument STAFF REPORTS Published on Wednesday, August 5, 2020 | 4:03 pm CITY NEWS SERVICE/STAFF REPORT Pasadena Will Allow Vaccinated People to Go Without Masks in Most Settings Starting on Tuesday Community News HerbeautyInstall These Measures To Keep Your Household Safe From Covid19HerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyYou Can’t Go Past Our Healthy Quick RecipesHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyWant To Seriously Cut On Sugar? You Need To Know A Few TricksHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty15 Countries Where Men Have Difficulties Finding A WifeHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeautyThe Most Obvious Sign A Guy Likes You Is When He Does ThisHerbeautyHerbeautyHerbeauty’First Daughters’: From Cute Little Kids To Beautiful Young WomenHerbeautyHerbeauty Business News 16 recommended0 commentsShareShareTweetSharePin it Your email address will not be published. Required fields are marked * Home of the Week: Unique Pasadena Home Located on Madeline Drive, Pasadenalast_img read more