NGO coalition, including RSF, urges Google to reject Chinese censorship

first_img June 7, 2021 Find out more A coalition of human rights organizations, including Reporters Without Borders (RSF), wrote to Google CEO Sundar Pichai today calling on the California firm to not be complicit in Chinese censorship and to remain faithful to the values set out in its code of conduct, ethical charter and manifesto for a free and open internet.Earlier this month, internal leaks at Google revealed the existence of Dragonfly, a censored search engine project that would allow Google to return to the Chinese market. Ironically, the tech giant had left China in 2010 in rejection of such requests. While the announcement of the project caused an uproar among Google employees, the management team buried its head in the sand and dismissed the revelations as “speculations.”RSF is particularly concerned about the safety of journalists and their sources if Google were to follow the policies of information censorship and digital surveillance led by President Xi Jinping’s regime. China occupies the bottom of the RSF Freedom of the Press Index (176th out of 180 countries) and sees more than 50 imprisoned journalists.Signatory organizations:Access NowAmnesty InternationalArticle 19Center for Democracy and TechnologyCommittee to Protect JournalistsElectronic Frontier FoundationHuman Rights in ChinaHuman Rights WatchInternational Service for Human Rights (ISHR)PEN InternationalPrivacy InternationalReporters sans frontières (RSF)WITNESSSee the full letter below Related documents 2018-08-28_rsf_google_dragonfly_open_letter.pdfPDF – 102.5 KB June 2, 2021 Find out more Organisation News August 29, 2018 NGO coalition, including RSF, urges Google to reject Chinese censorship Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Online freedoms WhistleblowersFreedom of expressionInternet News Follow the news on Asia – Pacific Help by sharing this information Reporters Without Borders (RSF) and multiple NGOs jointly call on Google CEO to refrain from collaboration with Chinese censorship, which would endanger journalists and their sources. News Receive email alerts RSF_en ChinaUnited StatesAsia – PacificAmericas Online freedoms WhistleblowersFreedom of expressionInternet China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison June 2, 2021 Find out more News PHOTO: ERIC PIERMONT / AFP to go furtherlast_img read more

Wärtsilä wins Canadian ice-breaker contract

View post tag: Wartsila Canadian government has awarded Wärtsilä Canada Inc. a $6.2 million contract for the design and supply of two new propulsion control systems to upgrade two Canadian Coast Guard (CCG) 1100 class vessels: CCGS Ann Harvey and the CCGS Sir William Alexander. The government said the upgraded propulsion control systems would enhance the navigators’ control over how the vessels move through the water and would significantly reduce the maintenance downtime of the vessels. This will allow them to spend more time at sea ensuring the safe passage of vessels in Canadian waters.The contract includes options for the design and supply of propulsion control systems for an additional four Coast Guard 1100 class vessels: the CCGS Edward Cornwallis, the CCGS Martha L. Black, the CCGS George R. Pearkes and the CCGS Sir Wilfrid Laurier.These vessels provide essential service to the CCG’s aids to navigation and icebreaking programs and serve Canadian waters from coast to coast. If exercised, this option could increase the total contract value to approximately $18.9 million.Design work on the first two systems is scheduled to begin immediately and supply will be completed within the next two years.This contract is part of an overall $360 million investment to extend the life of the Coast Guard fleet.Hunter Tootoo, Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard commented the contract award: “I am proud to announce this contract providing critical refit for Canadian Coast Guard vessels. These propulsion systems will ensure the Coast Guard has the equipment it needs to continue its vital role in icebreaking and aids to navigation across the country. They will ensure that Canadian Coast Guard vessels are equipped to continue their vital role ensuring the safe navigation of mariners transiting through our waters.” View post tag: CCGS Anne Harvey View post tag: CCGS Sir William Alexander Authorities View post tag: Canadian Coast Guard January 25, 2016 Share this article Back to overview,Home naval-today Wärtsilä wins Canadian ice-breaker contract Wärtsilä wins Canadian ice-breaker contract read more

Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rosselló Announces Resignation Following Text Scandal

first_imgSAN JUAN, Puerto Rico – After nearly two weeks of protests in Puerto Rico calling for his resignation, Governor Ricardo Rosselló announced that he will resign from his post.In a Facebook Live video yesterday, the Governor said that the recent protests have “humbled him” and acknowledge that there were many citizens including influential celebrities and politicians that wanted him to resign. He will officially resign as Governor on August 2 at 5:00 pm after serving as Governor since 2017.The major protests in Puerto Rico started on July 13 after the Center for Investigative Journalism released some 900 pages of text chats on the encrypted messaging app Telegram in which Rossello and 12 other male administration members joked about Ricky Martin’s sexuality, mocked women, politicians, journalists, disabled people and the victims of Hurricane Maria.Just days before the text messaging scandal, two top government officials from Mr Rosselló’s administration were among a group arrested by US federal agents for conspiracy and fraud involving millions in federal funding.Citizens living in San Juan lined the streets of the city to rejoice following the announcement of his resignation. Puerto Ricans have counted this as the first step to getting rid of corruption in their country.There is no word yet as to who will replace him.last_img read more