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Online freedoms threatened by another step towards treaty’s adoption

first_imgNews Receive email alerts Signatories:Oslobodjenje (1993), Taslima Nasreen (1994), Wei Jingsheng (1996), Salima Ghezali (1997), Nurit Peled-Elhanan (2001), The Belarusian Association of Journalists (2004), Reporters sans frontières (2005), Damas de Blanco (2005), Hauwa Ibrahim (2005), Aliaksandr Milinkevich (2006), Salih Mahmoud Mohamed Osman (2007), Hu Jia (2008), Memorial (2009) Organisation RSF_en The signatories, winners of the Sakharov Prize and members of the Sakharov Network, call on all MEPs to take a stand and to refuse to adopt ACTA when they are asked to vote on it in the coming days. RSF calls for a fully transparent investigation after mine kills two journalists in Azerbaijan A free and open Internet is now essential for expression and communication, and for the sharing of knowledge and democratic participation. Forcing companies into private-sector censorship of the Internet with no judicial oversight in order to protect mostly outdated economic models would be a disproportionate violation of freedom of expression, information and communication. Going down such a path is against the very principles on which the European Union was founded. In particular, Reporters Without Borders condemns:- The requirement that signatory countries establish private policies for copyright enforcement online through cooperation mechanisms- The right accorded to the relevant authorities to ask Internet Service Providers to transmit personnal data identifying their clients- The requirement to criminally prosecute suppression of metadata (data identifying a file’s content and origins) and circumvention of Digital Rights Management (DRM).- The possibility for governments to define legal exceptions to DRM circumvention. At a time when many governments and private-sector actors seek increased control over this global network, any legislation hampering the free flow of information and knowledge should be treated with the outmost caution. June 8, 2021 Find out more Europe – Central Asia Statement by the Sakharov LaureatesAppeal to Members of the European Parliament Europe – Central Asia Help by sharing this information The Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA) was negotiated in secrecy and is now being forced on elected representatives as a done deal to which they are asked to assent. This approach represents a dangerous bypassing of the democratic process. Thirteen members of the Sakharov Network of winners of the European Parliament’s Sakharov Prize for Freedom of Thought appeal today to MEPs to reject the agreement in order to protect freedom of expression and of information. to go furthercenter_img “We’ll hold Ilham Aliyev personally responsible if anything happens to this blogger in France” RSF says June 7, 2021 Find out more News Reporters Without Borders (itself a winner of the Sakharov Prize in 2005) supports the Sakharov laureates’ statement. The organization, which defends freedom of information, repeatedly voiced its concerns about ACTA, calling on the negotiators “not to sacrifice online free speech and access to information for the sake of combating piracy and the counterfeiting of works protected by copyright”. EU Parliament must protect freedom of expression and of information by rejecting ACTA As Europe grapples with a major crisis of identity and values, the European Parliament has an historic responsibility. By rejecting ACTA, EU elected representatives would help preserve the infrastructure that is needed for the future of our societies and our democracy. According to the advocacy group La Quadrature du Net, “by privatizing online censorship in the name of copyright, ACTA would have a dreadful impact on our freedoms online, but also on innovation and growth for Internet companies. The European Parliament is our last chance to reject ACTA.” The Council of the European Union announced today that it will adopt the Anti-Counterfeiting Trade Agreement (ACTA). The agreement will be formally signed by EU governments during a World Trade Organization meeting that is due to take place in Geneva from 15 to 17 December. It will then be up to the European Parliament to adopt or reject it. News The last two points have the effect of banning censorship circumvention resources that are indispensible tools for ensuring the flow of news and information in countries such as Iran or China (see detailed article). The content of this agreement is no less worrying. In the name of copyright enforcement, the European Union and other signatories would be bound to put pressure on Internet actors, compelling them to monitor and police the network. The pressure will be reinforced by the threat of criminal sanctions on the vague grounds of abetting and aiding infringement. June 4, 2021 Find out more December 15, 2011 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Online freedoms threatened by another step towards treaty’s adoption “In the name of copyright enforcement, the European Union and other signatories would be bound to put pressure on Internet actors, compelling them to monitor and police the network,” the Sakharov laureates warned. See the full text of their appeal below. 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KSA sanctions Royal Panda and LeoVegas over online offering

first_img Kambi takes full control of LeoVegas sportsbook portfolio August 26, 2020 Related Articles LeoVegas hits back at Swedish regulations despite Q2 successes August 13, 2020 Share StumbleUpon Dutch gambling authority Kansspelautoriteit (KSA) has sanctioned both Royal Panda and LeoVegas after the two operators were found to be offering games of chance to consumers within the country.The KSA emphasised that “online gambling is currently prohibited”, and subsequently handed Royal Panda a €400,000 while LeoVegas was issued with a fine of €350,000.The fines follow on from research carried out by the KSA during the latter half of 2018 and early 2019, which revealed that the two gaming operators, “despite this prohibition, still focused on the Netherlands with their offer.”As part of the ruling, it was emphasised that both companies were accessible to the public via a Dutch IP, as the KSA offered examples of actions that constituted the receipt of the two penalty fees, including the option to wager using the Dutch iDEAL payment method.Both sites also offered a number of games of chance to the public, which including sports betting, casino titles and virtual slot machines.Earlier this year, Kindred Group was fined €470,000 by the KSA after it was found to be in breach of the legislative terms set by the ‘1964 Gambling Act’.Kindred explained that the KSA had  sanctioned the penalty to its Malta-based trading subsidiary Trannel International Ltd for accepting wagers from Dutch customers in violation of 1964 Gambling Act regulatory provisions.As it stands under Dutch legislation, all physical or online gambling offerings are illegal with Holland Casino the only exception. Providing an update on the impending change to Dutch law the regulator commented in a media statement: “In February this year, the Senate passed the Remote Gambling Act (Koa). The law is currently being worked out in more detail. It will soon be possible to obtain a license under strict conditions for offering games of chance via the internet. Supervision is then possible, allowing players to play protected. “The Ksa takes action against illegal gambling providers because there is no check on the fairness of the game. It is also impossible to check whether vulnerable groups, such as minors, are being excluded from participation.” Share Submit Björn Nilsson: How Triggy is delivering digestible data through pre-set triggers August 28, 2020last_img read more

Dodgers great Fernando Valenzuela becomes U.S. citizen

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error Whenever Fernando Valenzuela took the mound, a Mexican flag was almost certainly nearby. It didn’t matter if it was at Dodger Stadium or in Pittsburgh, during the height of Fernandomania, fans of the left-handed pitcher from Etchohuaquila, Sonora, proudly waved the Mexican flag.On Wednesday morning, 34 years removed from Fernandomania, Valenzuela tightly held an American-flag with his pitching hand as he proudly took the Oath of Allegiance at a ceremony to become a U.S. citizen. The 54-year-old, who signed with the Dodgers in 1979, joined nearly 8,000 Angelenos at a U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services ceremony in downtown L.A., according to the Dodgers blog.Valenzuela, whose impressive start for the Dodgers on Opening Day in 1981 set off a craze, is currently a broadcaster for the team’s Spanish-language radio broadcasts. During a 17-year career that included stints with the Angels, Padres, Orioles, Phillies and Cardinals, Valenzuela racked up a career record of 173-153 with a 3.54 ERA. He won the CY Young and Rookie of the Year awards in 1981, was a six-time All Star from 1981-86 and helped the Dodgers win two World Series titles in 1981 and 1988.last_img read more

Video: Dave Roberts, Kenley Jansen react to earthquake during Dodgers-Padres game

first_img Newsroom GuidelinesNews TipsContact UsReport an Error People inside of Dodger Stadium felt the 7.1 magnitude earthquake out of Ridgecrest.last_img