In an executive order accompanied by a series of official statements, US President Barack Obama has sharply escalated the campaign against Russia, based on unsubstantiated claims of Russian government hacking of the Democratic National Committee (DNC) and the Hillary Clinton campaign in the presidential election.
La Casa Blanca aprobó severas medidas para castigar a Moscú por sus supuestos intentos de influir en las elecciones presidenciales de noviembre pasado. Donald Trump dijo que el país debe “ocuparse de cosas más grandes y mejores”, aunque anunció que se reunirá la próxima semana con los jefes de inteligencia para informarse sobre el caso.
In 2012, nine Ethiopian men and women came together to create a blogging collective known as Zone 9. In an autocratic country rife with political corruption and where state-run media is utterly dominant, this was a bold move.
Writing in both English and Amharic, the bloggers covered some of the country’s most pressing social and economic issues, giving life to stories all but absent from local media.
Zone 9 believed it was imperative to speak publicly about the national constitution, which claims to protect freedom of expression and the right of assembly, and which demands elections every five years. The bloggers thought that if citizens could hold their government accountable through a free press, the country’s civic fabric could become stronger. Citizens could have some say in how the country was run.
A year ago today, the writers were taken from their homes and detained by police. After 11 weeks behind bars, they were charged under Ethiopia’s anti-terrorism laws.
Ethiopia currently ranks fourth on a list of the world’s most censored countries, according to a Committee to Protect Journalists report released this week.
In the run-up to elections in May, the report found that the government had filed lawsuits accusing six publications of “encouraging terrorism”, forcing 16 journalists to flee into exile, while the sole internet provider, Ethio Telecom, stand accused of routinely suspending critical news websites.
This is nothing new: over the last 24 years the ruling Ethiopian People’s Revolutionary Democratic Front has fine-tuned its social and political control, whilst simultaneously being credited by western governments for transforming the once poverty-stricken country into a rising, dynamic and stable one.
Pirate support reaches 23.9 percent in recent poll, passing conservative party.
Nearly two years after the Icelandic Pirate Party won three seats in the island nation’s parliament in 2013, a new poll shows that the young party has the highest level of support of any party in the country. According to Visir.is, an Icelandic news site, the party’s support has reached 23.9 percent.
If the Píratar can translate that level of current support into actual votes in the next election (currently scheduled for 2017), it could lead to a higher likelihood that the country would grant asylum for Edward Snowden, possibly granting him citizenship as well. The Pirates put forward such a bill (Google Translate) in parliament in 2013, but it has not advanced.
Birgitta Jónsdóttir, who founded the party in 2012, previously told an assembled crowd in Berkeley, California, that she very much wants to help the National Security Agency whistleblower. She currently holds one of the Pirate Party’s three seats in the Icelandic parliament.
The Icelandic parliament has the power to bestow citizenship on applicants by a simple majority vote—most famously this happened with chess champion Bobby Fischer in 2005. Fischer, a native-born American, had run afoul of sanctions laws when he played a match in then-Yugoslavia in 1992. Once he became an Icelander, Fischer flew from Japan, where he had been held in prison, directly to Denmark and on to Iceland. (He lived in Iceland until his death in 2008.)
La semana pasada se formalizó a tres responsables de ocasionar los atentados de Los Dominicos y Metro Escuela Militar. Un golpe a la cátedra. Pero este procedimiento no soluciona el problema que viene ocurriendo hace ya un tiempo en Santiago y que podría seguir agravándose si es que las autoridades no toman acciones concretas y efectivas para combatir estos actos.
El sentido común indica que hoy lo primordial va de la mano con el análisis y seguimiento del posible vínculo de células terroristas de nuestro país con organizaciones internacionales. Tal como planteó un político hace pocos días, los nexos pueden establecerse sin la presencia física. Y ahí las redes sociales operan como arma de doble filo.
Actualmente existe una serie de plataformas que permiten la segmentación de publicaciones y, por ende, situar un mensaje en un contexto negativo. Como ejemplo de esta arma de “doble filo”, se puede mencionar a Google Plus, red social que permite la orientación de mensajes de diversa especie, ya sea en comunidades virtuales en las que se puede hablar de política, economía, noticias o tecnología. Acceder a estos espacios es muy simple y ahí surge el problema: con mucha facilidad, es posible gestionar y crear comunidades para hablar y promover diferentes tipos de activismo. Aquí, el terrorismo tiene terreno fértil. Además, se sabe de antemano, que ser parte de una red social para cometer una serie de ilícitos está a un solo clic.
Iran‘s Revolutionary Guards have carried out a new wave of arrests of cyber activists and members of pro-opposition social networking websites.
Kaleme, a leading opposition website, reported on Thursday that at least five Iranians who had shared news about the situation of political prisoners on Facebook have recently been held by the security apparatus of the country’s elite forces. They were identified as Amir Golestani, Masoud Ghasemkhani, Fariborz Kardar, Seyed Masoud Seyed Talebi and Roya Irani.
According to Kaleme, some of the five Iranians were administrators of popular cultural and social pages on Facebook but had occasionally shared or published posts about the opposition Green movement and its members behind bars in Iranian prisons. The activists are being held in Tehran’s notorious Evin prison.