#CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks two more websites

first_imgCreated in 2006, Chronicles of Turkmenistan (Хроника Туркменистана) is the news website of the “Turkmen Initiative for the Defence of Human Rights” and is one of the few sources of independent information in a country where the government keeps tight control on the media. As it is very critical of the government, it is subjected to a great deal of pressure and the site has been blocked in Turkmenistan since 2007.The mirror site is accessible here: https://ctm1.global.ssl.fastly.net/Collateral Freedom – an initial evaluation Since Collateral Freedom’s launch on 12 March, RSF’s servers have accepted more than 24 million requests and have provided more than 200 gigabytes of data. The operation’s success during the first few days forced RSF to increase the capacity of its servers into order to absorb the massive traffic influx.Since then, RSF has created other mirrors and is using new hosting services. This makes it possible to circulate a new website address if a country takes the decision to block access to all the services of an Internet company such as Fastly, Amazon, Microsoft and Google. A constantly updated list of the mirrors and the services being used is available at github.com. Censorship in China – Great Cannon after Great Firewall Collateral Freedom’s name was never so well chosen. A few days after the operation got under way, the Chinese authorities blocked access to the entire content delivery network of Fastly, one of the companies used by RSF for its mirror sites. Many of Fastly’s clients were affected. But instead of reconsidering its contract with RSF, Fastly supported the operation and provided RSF with the necessary bandwidth.GreatFire.org, the non-profit organization that devised the tools used by RSF for this operation, was itself the target of massive cyber-attacks from 17 March onwards. GitHub, the site that hosts GreatFire’s tools, came under attack on 26 March. The company described it as “the largest DDoS attack in github.com’s history.”After investigating for several days, GreatFire identified the source of the attacks – the Chinese authorities. “Based on the technical forensic evidence provided above and the detailed research that has been done on the GitHub attack, we can now confidently conclude that the Cyberspace Administration of China (CAC) is responsible for both of these attacks,” GreatFire said.This has been confirmed by Citizen Lab, a Canadian research institute specializing in cyber-attacks. In a report released on 10 April, Citizen Lab gave a name to the tool used by the Chinese authorities – “Great Cannon.” In addition to its Great Firewall, which imposes a relentless censorship on the Chinese Internet, the government now also has offensive weapons that allow it to attack and neutralize websites located outside China. “The Show must go on”Despite the profusion of technological resources being deployed to block the free flow of information and gag dissident voices, RSF will press on with Operation Collateral Freedom as long as its own resources permit.You can contribute to this battle: * By sharing this information with the #CollateralFreedom hashtag and by helping to make others aware of the content on the blocked websites.* By making a donation so that we can keep funding this operation.* By creating your own mirror site using the tools developed by GreatFire: https://github.com/greatfire/website-mirror-by-proxyVietnam, China and Turkmenistan are respectively ranked 175th, 176th and 178th out of 180 countries in the Reporters Without Borders World Press Freedom Index. May 12, 2015 – Updated on January 25, 2016 #CollateralFreedom: RSF unblocks two more websites Organisation Reporters Without Borders (RSF) is unblocking two more websites as part of Collateral Freedom, the operation it launched on 12 March, World Press Freedom Day, when it unblocked sites censored in 11 countries. Today it is unblocking the website of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam, Vietnam Thoi Bao, which is blocked in Vietnam, and Chronicles of Turkmenistan, blocked in Turkmenistan. RSF_en center_img News Help by sharing this information Operation Collateral Freedom is based on the technique of mirroring. RSF creates a copy of the blocked site on a website hosting service provided by a big Internet company such as Fastly, Amazon, Microsoft or Google. If a government that is an “Enemy of the Internet” were to block access to the mirror, it would at the same time deprive thousands of its companies of the essential technological services provided by these Internet giants. The collateral economic and political damage would be hard to assume.Two new sites unblockedAfter unblocking nine censored sites in 11 countries, RSF is pressing ahead with Operation Collateral Freedom and unblocking two more sites: Vietnam Thoi Bao (Vietnam Times) and Chronicles of Turkmenistan. Vietnam Thoi Bao (Vietnam Times) is the site of the Independent Journalists Association of Vietnam (IJAVN). With “critical spirit” as its motto, it covers subjects related to human rights, politics and the economy. Created in July 2014, it was blocked three days after going online. Pham Chi Dung, a journalist who heads the IJAVN and edits the Vietnam Times, is on RSF’s list of “100 Information Heroes.”The mirror site is accessible here: https://d1s66ldlhegqs2.cloudfront.netlast_img read more

New Orleans police toss the arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr.

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailChris Graythen/Getty Images(NEW ORLEANS) —  A New Orleans security officer who filed a complaint against Cleveland Brown’s wide receiver Odell Beckham Jr. for allegedly slapping him on the buttocks has decided not to pursue the charges.The officer, who works at the Mercedes-Benz Superdome, was seen in a viral video with Beckham, who appears to slap him on his behind in a stadium locker room Monday night.The officer filed a complaint with the New Orleans Police Department on Thursday and an arrest warrant was obtained for a “simple battery” charge.At some point, the officer had a change of heart, telling police on Saturday he didn’t want to pursue the charges, a law enforcement source confirmed to ABC News. Officials then rescinded the arrest warrant.“Absent a complaining witness, this is not a case our office intends to pursue,” said Ken Daley, a spokesman for Orleans Parish District Attorney Leon Cannizzaro.The allegations stemmed from the aftermath of the College Football Playoff National Championship in which Beckham’s alma mater, Louisiana State, was celebrating after defeating Clemson 42-25.Beckham was seen in a video apparently slapping the officer’s behind, at which point he turned around and looked at Beckham, who continued joking around with LSU players and officials.The “simple battery” charge would have been a misdemeanor. Copyright © 2020, ABC Audio. All rights reserved. Written by January 19, 2020 /Sports News – National New Orleans police toss the arrest warrant for Odell Beckham Jr.center_img Beau Lundlast_img read more

A tourist agreement was signed between Lika-Senj County and the Chinese province of Shanxi

first_imgThe Office for Culture and Tourism of Shanxi Province and the Sino-Croatian Association for Cultural and Economic Cooperation organized a conference on tourism cooperation between China and Croatia, with the aim of strengthening tourism cooperation. With this agreement, Lika-Senj County opens tourist cooperation with a very important Chinese province with over 37 million inhabitants, which is certainly a great potential and opportunity for countless tourist cooperation. On that occasion, cooperation agreements were signed, including an agreement on tourist exchange and cooperation between the Chinese province of Shanxi and Lika-Senj County, writes the portal Likaclub.eu. The agreement was signed by the director of the Lika-Senj County Tourist Board, Ivan Radošević, and the leader of the Chinese province of Shanxi. The form is there, and now it’s the most important thing – the content and radical changes in the connection. And not only through tourism, where the Plitvice Lakes National Park is certainly one of the main motives for the arrival of Chinese tourists, but also in the economic field through new investments. Photo: Pixabay.com / Source: Likaclub.eulast_img read more

Osvaldo going nowhere – Pochettino

first_img The 27-year-old Italy international in the summer swapped Roma for St Mary’s in a deal that could be worth up to £14.6million. The signing was quite the coup by Southampton but one that has yet to bear fruit, with Osvaldo managing just three goals in 13 appearances. Club-record signing Dani Osvaldo will not be leaving Southampton any time soon, insists manager Mauricio Pochettino. The forward is currently serving a three-match ban for violent conduct and there have been reports that he may well have played his last game for the club. Inter Milan and Fiorentina are apparently interested in taking him back to Serie A, but Pochettino will not let the Argentina-born striker leave. “In Italy, in Spain, in Russia and Argentina with Boca Juniors, too,” Pochettino said in English of the constant speculation, before adding through his Spanish interpreter: “He is very happy here, he has been training very well. “He is very expectant to be fulfilling his contract here. He is also expecting the birth of his son and is expecting his son to grow up in England. “I am very sorry about all these rumours happening right now, but they are just not true.” Asked if expectation brought by the lofty price tag has had a negative impact on Osvaldo, Pochettino added: “I don’t think he was an expensive player, I would say. “If you look at the prices in the market, I don’t think he was an expensive player. “If you look at the price to his quality, he is a cheap player. I don’t mean cheap in a negative way, I mean he is value for money. “The hardest thing has been his adaptation to the league, that has been the most troubling thing and something he has been working on.” center_img Press Associationlast_img read more