Parliament soft-pedals over East Timor’s harsh draft media law

East Timorese media … fears draft media law could lead to censorship.
Photo: Diariu Timor Pos

JOSÉ BELO, Timor-Leste’s celebrated champion of investigative journalism and advocate for a free media, recently vowed he was prepared to go to jail rather than allow his fledgling independent nation muzzle the press.

Belo, 42, publisher of the small yet probing Tempo Semanal online and print
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MIDA’s chair finds Fiji TV guilty of ‘hate speech’ and blasts bloggers

Audio podcast of today’s media conference with MIDA chairperson Ashwin Raj on YouTube from the Pacific Media Centre.

SO THERE we have it. Fiji’s Media Industry Development Authority chairperson Ashwin Raj is going to stamp out all hate and race speech in his country with the stroke of a decree-backed pen.

A momentous mind shift is going to happen just like that. The media “chilling” climate
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QUESTION….

Why is the City removing 31 planters when they have illegal Handicap Parking Signs in front of the City County Building?

They act like they are so concerned for the local handicap citizens… Yell Right!

Hey, Mr. Nash, why don’t you check it our and “refund all the $$$$ for illegal parking tickets” their giving too.

Tear Down those Illegal Parking Signs, Mr. Gahan.
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Now might be the time to sue Mt. Gox.

Bitcoin Streetsign

Mt. Gox, the failed Bitcoin exchange, announced that it had found about 200,000 BTC in an old wallet that had not been used since June 2011. This information was revealed in a legal filing in Japan.

That is like finding 8 Million in your old wallet that got lost in the cushions of your sofa. With the newly discovered 200,000 BTC, they now have 202,000 BTC, so they are now missing only 650,000 BTC.

Unfortunately for those who lost their coins, they are not considered debtors of Mt. Gox. Anyone who hopes to recover some of those rediscovered Bitcoins needs to be boarding the lawsuit trains that will be leaving the station very soon.

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.

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A Public Utility Internet – What a Sluggish Idea

Many of the loudest Net Neutrality supporters believe that the Internet, and all those tremendous pipes that bring it to them, are the public’s.  And, as the FCC studies its Net Neutrality smackdown from January and how it wants to regulate the Internet going forward (note – it’s not a question of if it will, but rather how, ‘cuz it will regulate in some manner just to stay “relevant”), those free-loving, anti-property Net Neutrality supporters have begun anew to urge that the FCC basically confiscate the private property of ISPs (all 1,600 of them in the U.S.), and place that glob into involuntary servitude for Americans to be run essentially as publicly owned utilities.

You know, when I think of public utilities, innovation, growth, nimbleness, competitiveness – among many other adjectives which connote real responsiveness to marketplace demands – do not come to mind.

Rather, when I think of public utilities, this is what I ask myself:

Snail6

Sure, slugs serve some ecosystem – one that’s slow, primordial, un-evolved.  If you think, however, that a government-controlled slug will somehow make your life and Internet “better,” you’ve got your head deep in a shell.

An Internet like that is unacceptable.  It is the exact opposite of real, sustainable progress.

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Fandango, Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges that They Deceived Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has announced settlements with two companies, Fandango and Credit Karma, concerning the security of private data. The FTC alleged that, despite their security promises, Fandango and Credit Karma failed to take reasonable steps to secure their mobile apps, leaving consumers’ sensitive personal information at risk. Among other things, the complaints charge that [...]
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Fandango, Credit Karma Settle FTC Charges that They Deceived Consumers

The Federal Trade Commission has announced settlements with two companies, Fandango and Credit Karma, concerning the security of private data. The FTC alleged that, despite their security promises, Fandango and Credit Karma failed to take reasonable steps to secure their mobile apps, leaving consumers’ sensitive personal information at risk. Among other things, the complaints charge that [...]
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WHAT A SWEETHEART DEAL….

We’re now out of the frying pan and into the fire.

Guess who got a new contract?

Yes, our famous City of New Albany Police Department. 

Guess what’s in their new contract package?

* ,000  in Back Pay each,  thanks to former Mayor Doug England’s Excutive Order 

* Raise – 3% and 1% Longivity pay raise

*  Insurance for “significant others.”

* Increase in uniform allowance

* Vacation pay will “apply” to their pensions plan – time upon retirement

Freedom Of Speech would like to ask: what do they mean by significant others?

A person, such as a spouse, or lover, with whom one shares a long-term sexual relationship.

Source: The Free Dictionary

Your mate, spouse, husband, wife, boyfriend, girlfriend, steady and/or lover, used when the details are nobodys business.

Source: Urban Dictionary

We as taxpayers have a right to know where our TAX $$$$ are going. Let’s see the News & Tribune print this one.

Our final thoughts on this contract:

Elect a boob and you get boobery.

Re-elect a boob and you get EVEN more boobery. Oy vey! 

Anyone but Gahan and England in 2015.

How in the “HELL” are we taxpayers going to pay for this contract?











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Corruption, illegal tuna fisheries and a ‘lifestyle tsunami’ trouble Pacific business editors

Sean Dorney’s presentation ABC report on illegal tuna fishing in the Pacific on 28 October 2013.

HOW IRONIC. For two days this week, veteran Pacific affairs correspondent Sean Dorney from Australia Network was contributing hugely to an inaugural regional business media summit organised by the Asian Development Bank.

His final contribution to the seminar was a rundown on “tunanomics” and how
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Turkey Twitter censorship goes from DNS to IP based blocking

Turkey map flag

Turkey has taken their censorship of Twitter to the next level.

Initial blocking was done through DNS, so it could be easily bypassed by using something like Google DNS at 8.8.8.8.

Turkey quickly responded to the masses of people using that workaround, and are now blocking Twitter by IP address.

As one often sees with attempts at censorship, this one was counter productive. It looks like tweets from Turkey actually increased 138% following the DNS block.

Now that the censorship is IP based, a VPN like Anonymizer Universal will be required to continue to access Twitter and any other services that may be blocked.

We continue to test that service from within Turkey, and it looks to be working well. 

Lance Cottrell is the Founder and Chief Scientist of Anonymizer. Follow me on Facebook and Google+.

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