Issue of online free expression overshadowed by debate about US control over Internet

first_img November 13, 2007 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Issue of online free expression overshadowed by debate about US control over Internet Reporters Without Borders today appealed to the countries taking party in the four-day Internet Governance Forum (IGF) that began yesterday in Rio not to allow the issue of online free expression to be eclipsed by the debate about the United States’ dominant role in Internet governance.Website domain names are managed by ICANN, a California-based non-profit organisation which could in theory eliminate the domain names of certain countries from the Internet – something that would have major political repercussions. In the first of these UN-organised Internet Governance Forums last year in Athens, some countries regretted that this monopoly had not been challenged more often in the debates. The Brazilian minister in charge of strategic affairs, Mangabeira Unger, said: “Internet governance should be based on two fundamental principles, the anti-hegemonic principle – no country should have a hegemonic role – and the principle of limitation of state influence.”“This forum should not be used solely to oppose the United States’ dominant role,” Reporters Without Borders said today. “It is not normal that the United States should have sole control of Internet regulation. But transferring its management to governments that censor the Internet and jail Internet users would be a catastrophic solution. Instead, those bodies that regulate the Internet should be given the legal means to defend free expression.”Several “governance models” were proposed last year in Athens. The only clearly defined alternative model comes from the Internet’s most repressive countries, who want to transfer control to the UN. The position taken by the European Union was to propose that ICANN’s functions that have direct political consequences should be entrusted to a “multilateral collegiate structure.” Since then, this proposal has not been spelled out.The Council of Europe and the Association for Progressive Communications (APC) today proposed a new model inspired by the Aarhus Convention, signed in 1998 in Denmark, which brings together access to information, public participation in decision-making and environmental rights. This new proposal, still in a draft form, would treat the Internet as a public service and would try to ensure that citizens participate in its regulation.The holding of Internet Governance Forums is envisaged by the Tunis agenda, which was adopted at the World Summit on the Information Society in 2005. News RSF_en Organisation “This forum should not be used solely to oppose the United States’ dominant role,” Reporters Without Borders said today. “It is not normal that the United States should have sole control of Internet regulation. But transferring its management to governments that censor the Internet and jail Internet users would be a catastrophic solution. Instead, those bodies that regulate the Internet should be given the legal means to defend free expression.” Help by sharing this informationlast_img read more

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Ghost Light Shares Full-Show Audio From Hangtown Ahead Of Upcoming Tour [Listen]

first_imgGhost Light 2018 Fall Tour11/14 – Jupiter Hall Albany – Albany, NY11/15 – Iron Horse Music Hall – Northampton, MA11/16 – Brighton Music Hall – Allston, MA11/17 – Higher Ground Showcase Lounge – Burlington, VT11/18 – Port City Music Hall – Portland, ME11/21 – Brooklyn Bowl – Brooklyn, NY11/24 – The Hamilton – Washington, DC11/27 – The Broadberry – Richmond, VA11/28 – Lincoln Theatre – Raleigh, NC11/29 – Visulite Theatre – Charlotte, NC11/30 – Charleston Pour House – Charleston, SC12/01 – Terminal West – Atlanta, GA12/05 – The Basement East – Nashville, TN12/06 – Cosmic Charlie’s – Lexington, KY12/12-12/16 – Holidaze – Puerto Moreles, MexicoView All Tour Dates Ghost Light has made serious waves in 2018. The newly formed project from Tom Hamilton, Holly Bowling, Raina Mullen, Scotty Zwang, and Steve Lyons is a force to be reckoned with, wowing audiences across the country with their next-level improvisations and already-stellar catalog of originals. With only 10 months as a band under their belts, Ghost Light impressively sold out multiple shows on their inaugural spring tour, based off of word-of-mouth buzz alone.Ghost Light is gearing up for their upcoming fall tour, with an extended run spanning from November 14th to December 6th. Ghost Light’s fall tour kicks off in Albany, New York, at Jupiter Hall on November 14th. From there the group winds through Northampton, MA; Allston, MA; Burlington, VT; and Portland, ME, finishing off the tour’s non-stop five-night opening run.With a performance at New York City’s Brooklyn Bowl on November 21st, Ghost Light heads south, stopping at Washington, D.C.’s The Hamilton ahead of shows in Richmond, VA; Raleigh, NC; Charlotte, NC; Charleston, SC; and Atlanta, GA, through to December 1st. Ghost Light will finish out their fall tour in the South, with a performance at Nashville, Tennessee’s The Basement East on December 5th and Lexington, Kentucky’s Cosmic Charlie’s on December 6th. To round out their announced plans for 2018, Ghost Light will finish out the year at the highly anticipated Holidaze, which returns to Mexico in mid-December.Luckily for fans, Ghost Light has released the first edition of their “Full Show Friday,” featuring their recent day-set from Hangtown Music Festival in Placerville CA on October 28th, 2018. Listen to the full-show audio below:Ghost Light – 10/28/2018 (full-show)<span data-mce-type=”bookmark” style=”display: inline-block; width: 0px; overflow: hidden; line-height: 0;” class=”mce_SELRES_start”></span>[Audio: Jeffery Bowling]For more information and ticketing, head to Ghost Light’s website here.last_img read more

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Pupils not secluded, but put in a calming space, principals say

first_imgTimaru Herald 1 December 2016Family First Comment: So here’s the real facts – not the political or media spin…..“Highfield School principal Shayne Gallagher said the school had a “quiet space within a teaching space”, or a time out room, it used when pupils lost control. It would be “far more traumatic for police to see and take away [a student] than to sit in a quiet room”, Gallagher said. “We weren’t secluding them – we were putting them in a space to calm down.” The time out was the last resort for schools and pupils were debriefed and reintegrated back into class when they were calmer, he said.”South Canterbury principals say the proposal to ban seclusion in school may force them to call the police in extreme cases.Education Minister Hekia Parata proposed the practice of seclusion and seclusion rooms should be banned from schools.The Ministry of Education reported three South Canterbury schools – Waimate Main School, Highfield School and Timaru South School – have used seclusion in 2016, but have since ceased the practice.Highfield School principal Shayne Gallagher said the school had a “quiet space within a teaching space”, or a time out room, it used when pupils lost control.It would be “far more traumatic for police to see and take away [a student] than to sit in a quiet room”, Gallagher said.“We weren’t secluding them – we were putting them in a space to calm down.”READ MORE: http://www.stuff.co.nz/timaru-herald/news/87075228/pupils-not-secluded-but-put-in-a-calming-space-principals-sayKeep up with family issues in NZ. Receive our weekly emails direct to your Inbox.last_img read more

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Yekini’s Lawyer Hails Blatter

first_imgOver FIFA president’s Posthumous Birthday tribute to late Eagles goal king Late Rashidi Yekini’s lawyer, Barrister Jubril Mohammed has expressed happiness and gratitude to FIFA President, Sepp Blatter who paid tribute to Nigeria’s late football hero Wednesday in commemoration of his 50th posthumous birthday.Blatter wrote on his official twitter handle: “Rasheed Yekini would have been 50 today (Wednesday October 23).His name as scorer of Nigeria’s first World Cup goal lives on”. Touched by the comment, Jubril said the FIFA boss has shown good example of an exemplary leader worthy of emulation by Nigerian football administrators.The legal practitioner said Yekini who scored Nigeria’s first World Cup goal, and remains the country’s all-time top scorer with 37 goals from 58 games for the senior national team, deserved more than what he got from Nigeria Football Federation but was happy that the world football governing body never forgot the soccer prowess of his client even after his death. The former Olympiacos of Greece and Vitoria Setubal of Portugal striker would have turned 50 on 23rd of October if he were alive, and Blatter tweeted a tribute in honour of the legend’s birthday.”That was a commendable piece by Blatter. It shows he still remembers Yekini well. It shows he has not forgotten what Yekini did on the pitch and this is what Nigerian football administrators should try to copy”, barrister Jubril sounded.last_img read more

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