to go further June 28, 2018 Russia: 52 NGOs urge UN to challenge restrictions to online expression and digital privacy Help by sharing this information News News On 27 June 2018, Reporters Without Borders (RSF) joined ARTICLE 19 and 50 other organisations in an oral statement delivered to the 38th session of the United Nations Human Rights Council, highlighting concerns regarding the actions taken by the Russian Federation to restrict online freedom and digital privacy, which have serious implications for Internet users globally. RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Freedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeInternet June 2, 2021 Find out more Listed as a “foreign agent”, Russia’s most popular independent website risks disappearing May 21, 2021 Find out more News Follow the news on Russia RSF_en May 5, 2021 Find out more News Receive email alerts Read the full statement in EnglishЧитать полный текст обращения на русскомOver the past six years, through the steady adoption of a raft of regressive legislation contravening international standards on freedom of expression as well as placing unjustified pressure on Internet intermediaries, Russia has creating a framework, which, if fully implemented, would not only severely limit the free flow of information online but potentially give them access to the personal communication data of anyone, anywhere. In July 2018, new aspects of the already highly problematic 2016 ‘Yarovaya Law’ will come into force requiring all communications providers and Internet operators to store the content of all communications for six months and to make them accessible to the security services without a court order. If implemented, it would be impossible to differentiate between the communications of people living in Russia or elsewhere.Ahead of the statement, delivered as part of UNHRC’s Item 4 – General Debate, Katie Morris, Head of Europe and Central Asia at ARTICLE 19, said, “The large number of international and Russian organisations that have come together with ARTICLE 19 to raise the alarm on this issue demonstrates its critical importance. We are calling on the United Nations to scrutinise and publicly challenge Russia’s actions in order to uphold the fundamental rights to freedom of expression and privacy both online and-offline, as stipulated in binding international agreements to which Russia is a party.”Last month, Reporters Without Borders joined ARTICLE 19 and 55 international and Russian human rights, media and Internet freedom organisations in condemning the mass Internet disruption caused by the Russian Federation’s attempts to block the Internet messaging service Telegram, which resulted in extensive violations of freedom of expression including access to information. Almost 20 million Internet Protocol (IP) addresses were ordered to be blocked causing an unprecedented level collateral website blocking. The basis of the authorities’ action was Telegram’s noncompliance with already implemented previsions of 2016 so-called ‘Yarovaya Law’. Justified on the grounds of “countering extremism”, this law requires all communications providers and Internet operators to store metadata about their users’ communications activities, to disclose decryption keys at the security services’ request, and to use only encryption methods approved by the Russian government – in practical terms, to create a backdoor for Russia’s security agents to access internet users’ data, traffic, and communications.“Much attention, rightly so, has been paid to the attempts by the Russian authorities to block Telegram and the fallout this has caused for the Russian Internet, including widespread collateral website blocking. However this is just the tip of the iceberg,” added Morris. “Behind this action is a clear, systematic and on-going attempt by the Russian Government to restrict the free flow of information online and monitor Internet users, invading their right to privacy and creating a broader chilling effect on freedom of expression. This is highly alarming given the existing restrictive environment for independent media in Russia and the role the Internet plays in facilitating open debate and exchange of critical ideas,” added Ms Morris.Also ahead of today’s statement Damir Gainutdinov, lawyer with, Agora International, which is representing Telegram in Russia and has endorsed today’s statement added: “I have no doubt that the right to privacy, including the confidentiality of personal correspondence, can, under certain conditions, be limited in order to protect national security, i.e to prevent and investigate crimes. The task of national authorities is to strike a balance between these two legitimate aims. By forcing Internet companies to weaken encryption and give the security services unrestricted access to communications, the Russian authorities instead threaten the rights of all users and in fact undermine the system of national and international security. Nothing in the world is worth such extraordinary measures and the damage it causes will be incomparably greater than the illusory benefits gained by the police in the fight against crime.” Crédit : Yuri Kadobnov / AFP Two Russian journalists persecuted for investigating police corruption Russian media boss drops the pretence and defends Belarus crackdown RussiaEurope – Central Asia Online freedoms Freedom of expressionCouncil of EuropeInternet Organisation Related documents Statement in EnglishPDF – 451.39 KBОбращение на русскомPDF – 490.27 KB
HSE unveils its pilot of draft stress management standardsOn 1 Jun 2003 in Personnel Today Comments are closed. Related posts:No related photos. Previous Article Next Article More than 20 public and private sector employers will test the standardsThe Health and Safety Executive (HSE) has begun a six-month trial of newstress management standards, which are due to be introduced across the countrynext year. Elizabeth Gyngell, the HSE’s head of health strategy, unveiled the draftstandards in April, warning that firms that breached the rules could beprosecuted under the Health and Safety at Work Act. Some 20 public and private sector employers have agreed to test thestandards, which are based on seven causes of stress as outlined in the HSE’sguidance, Tackling Work-Related Stress. The seven ‘stressors’ covered are:demands on staff, control, support, relationships, roles, change and culture. Gyngell told Occupational Health’s sister title Personnel Today that to meetthe standards, employers will have to survey their staff to measure how theyfeel they are affected by these seven areas, and then provide feedback. Organisations will be expected to reach certain levels in each area; forinstance, ensuring that under ‘demands’, workloads are manageable and jobsmatched to ability. Firms must also have systems in place that allow them torespond to staff who report feeling stressed. Employers must talk in detail to staff about any issues highlighted by thesurvey and agree action – including, if necessary, changing policies or ways ofmanagement, and then reviewing the effectiveness of the action that is taken. Once the pilot has finished, a discussion document will be published inJanuary, followed by a formal consultation period. The standards are expected to become a key tool in the HSE’s campaign totackle work-related stress. More than half a million people in the UK are estimated to suffer fromwork-related stress, anxiety or depression, according to HSE figures, leadingto the loss of 13.5 million working days. The draft standards were published on the HSE’s website in May, andemployers are being encouraged to provide feedback through the site. www.hse.gov.uk
On Wednesday night, October 25th, folk rock favorites The Avett Brothers made an appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers to play a new song, “Roses and Sacrifice”. According to a post on the Avett’s Facebook, the performance on Late Night marked the group’s 25th late-night TV spot.The band has played the song live a number of times since debuting it at Red Rocks last year, but it has yet to appear on any official releases. While the band hasn’t released a new album since 2016’s True Sadness, the introduction of this down-home ditty to a national audience seems to (hopefully) portend a new set of songs from the Avett Brothers in the near future. Check out the video below:The Avett Brothers – “Roses and Sacrifice”[Video: Late Night with Seth Meyers]The Avett Brothers’ appearance on Late Night with Seth Meyers came on the same day the band announced their 2019 return to Red Rocks in Morrison, CO, continuing a years-long tradition of multi-night runs at the storied natural amphitheatre. The three-night run is set to take place from Friday, July 5th through Sunday, July 7th. Supporting acts for the first two nights of the run have yet to be announced, but the Avett Brothers have confirmed that Lake Street Dive—who made their own Red Rocks headlining debut earlier this year—will open the festivities on July 7th, the run’s final night.On Tuesday, The Avett Brothers were also included in the initial lineup announcement for the 2019 edition of SweetWater 420 Fest, set to take place from Friday, April 19th through Sunday, April 21st, 2019 at Centennial Olympic Park in the heart of Atlanta, GA.This week, The Avett Brothers are preparing for a sold-out, three-night run at Port Chester’s historic rock palace, The Capitol Theatre, set to take place from Thursday, October 5th through Saturday, October 7th. For a full list of The Avett Brothers’ upcoming tour dates, or to grab your tickets to any of their shows, head to the band’s website here.With so much recent news from the band, and the national TV debut of “Roses and Sacrifice”, we’re holding out hope that an album announcement is coming soon. Stay tuned!
When the football left Tajh Boyd’s hand from just outside the Clemson goal line, Sammy Watkins was still 2 yards behind Ri’Shard Anderson.As the ball soared over the 35-yard line, Watkins passed Anderson. And by the time he caught it at the 45, he was long gone.The 91-yard touchdown gave Clemson a 28-point lead with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, and broke the back of SU’s comeback attempt before it ever really started.“When our receivers get on these guys’ toes they get an opportunity to run away from them,” Boyd said, “and that’s just what he did.”Boyd threw for 455 yards, breaking his own school record, and five touchdowns as the Tigers ran away from Syracuse (2-3, 0-1 Atlantic Coast) 49-14 in SU’s ACC debut on Saturday. The 48,961 that filled the Carrier Dome watched No. 3 Clemson (5-0, 3-0) burn the slower Syracuse secondary time and time again, racking up 624 yards of total offense, despite Boyd and Watkins both battling injuries and the starters being sidelined for the fourth quarter.AdvertisementThis is placeholder textAnd even when the defense did hold its own — halting the Tigers on six straight drives spanning the second and third quarters — SU was unable to capitalize.“There was a time and a place where we had them. We had them right where we wanted,” H-back Ashton Broyld said. “We just didn’t execute.”The secondary, which was playing without cornerback Brandon Reddish, was plagued by frequent miscommunications as Clemson mesmerized the Orange with its up-tempo motion offense.“You could have one guy and when the guy motions they snap the ball so fast your head be spinning,” safety Durell Eskridge said.The dizzying afternoon began on Clemson’s first drive. Three plays, 82 yards, 38 seconds.Boyd capped it with a 60-yard scoring strike to a wide-open Adam Humphries, and continued to obliterate the Orange defensive backs, finishing the opening frame on pace for 880 passing yards and eight touchdowns.A 42-yard touchdown to Humphries with 15 seconds left in the first quarter made it 21-0 Clemson, a lead SU head coach Scott Shafer called almost insurmountable.On that play, SU cornerback Julian Whigham left Humphries near the 35-yard line, but no one picked him up. After Humphries spun out of an Eskridge tackle at the 2 and stepped into the end zone, Eskridge jumped up and ran over to Whigham.He slapped both hands against his helmet twice, jerking his neck in frustration before raising his hands toward Whigham’s face and appearing to plead with the sophomore.“We could’ve played with them into the fourth quarter, all the way down to the end of the game, we could’ve played with them,” Eskridge said. “I feel like they ain’t earned everything they got. I feel like we gave them a lot of stuff.”As the Tigers offense scored, the Orange offense sputtered, registering just one first down on its first three drives. An 18-yard out route to Watkins set up a Zac Brooks 1-yard score with 4:07 left in the first quarter.Lined up wide left, Watkins worked on SU cornerback Keon Lyn. Lyn stayed close until the break, but when Watkins turned his hips back to the sideline, Lyn was caught with his weight back. Watkins was just too quick.But that athletic advantage disappeared after two more second-quarter scores.The Orange held Clemson scoreless on six straight drives.A Ritchy Desir interception and a lengthy Devante McFarlane fake-punt run gave SU possession in Tigers field position twice in the third quarter.Twice Syracuse couldn’t convert.“We tried to pull every wrinkle out of the book that we could to try to make it exciting and try to get back in this thing,” Shafer said, “and for a minute there I thought we had a shot.”But once Boyd launched his high-arcing 91-yard bomb to Watkins with 40 seconds left in the third quarter, the Orange’s window of opportunity closed.Said Watkins: “I made the biggest play of the game.” Comments Published on October 5, 2013 at 7:06 pm Contact Stephen: [email protected] | @Stephen_Bailey1 Facebook Twitter Google+