#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

Fears for future of Mr Binman

first_imgAdvertisement Linkedin NewsLocal NewsFears for future of Mr BinmanBy admin – October 13, 2011 1381 WhatsApp Print Facebookcenter_img FEARS surround over 600 direct and indirect jobs at one of the country’s largest waste removal service providers, after examiners moved into its Limerick offices this Wednesday. A hive of administrative activity was reported at the Luddenmore headquarters in recent days, where it is believed an extensive investigation into the future and stability of the company was undertaken. It is alleged that the company experienced financial difficulties in recent months and years.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up An application submitted this Wednesday morning to the High Court on behalf of Mr Binman, sought court protection for the company. Affidavits have been furnished to the chancery court list and the matter is due to be heard again on October 18. However, in the interim, Mr Billy O’Riordan of Pricewaterhouse Coopers has been appointed as examiner to Mr Binman and its subsidiary companies, Greenport Environmental, Rural Refuse and Recycling and Clearpoint Recycling Ltd. Under the helm of Mr Martin Sheehan Snr since 1994, Mr Binman through the Sheehan family has site locations at Grange in Kilmallock, and Carrick-on-Suir, with accompanying offices in Clonmel, Ennis, Newcastle West and Limerick city. The company is now under the management of Mr. Martin Sheehan Jnr. In recent weeks, a decision was made by Bank of Scotland (Ireland) to withdraw its support and the company directors sought examinership to negotiate and restructure its debts.With a price war rampant throughout the industry, the company was said to be “compromised,” following claims that lending institutions sought to recoup on their lending.But Mr Binman say that they have an investor willing to inject the companies with finance to fund their working capital. Four years ago the company was involved in the purchase of a bio mass site in Foynes, for a reported €17 million.Other purchases made in recent years include a €5 million farm in Kilmallock, adjacent to the Luddenmore site. Mr Binman recently launched a service in the Cork area. Discounted services were also launched in Waterford.It has been suggested that an imminent rescue package could be put in place, while a firesale of the company to competitors is also seen as a possibility, should the proposed business plan fail to secure long-term viability.Financial difficulties and the resistance of the Bank of Scotland Ireland to make finances available to Mr Binman were alluded to during court proceedings brought against the company by local authorities. In 2010, Mr Binman was fined at Limerick District Court over its non compliance with Environment legislation, as it left over 30,000 of its customers without a suitable wheelie bin for the collection of recycling waste. The company stated that it was unable to get credit from the bank to carry out the necessary upgrade and roll-out of the bins to its customers, further stating that despite this it would still endeavour to complete its regulatory obligations.Company financial data was also withheld from the public domain during a recent court case, being deemed to be “sensitive information”. The company was convicted of breaches of the health and safety and fined €40,000 over an incident where an employee lost his life in an onsite accident in 2008. Recently, Mr Binman tried to overcome financial difficulties without the support of the UK bank and endeavoured to test trial a pilot initiative for the collection of rubbish bins before 8am in the city centre.The initiative began in mid-September and was to run for a month and if successful, plans were to be furnished to run the scheme throughout the city centre. The company believes that it has a viable business plan despite the financial turmoil it faces. Previous articleHuman remains found in John’s SquareNext articleGuitar and saxophone sing from the States admin Twitter Emaillast_img read more