Government filters an .ir website for the first time

first_img Iran: Press freedom violations recounted in real time January 2020 January 20, 2006 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government filters an .ir website for the first time After Hengameh Shahidi’s pardon, RSF asks Supreme Leader to free all imprisoned journalists IranMiddle East – North Africa to go further February 25, 2021 Find out more Reporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system. Organisation RSF_en News Follow the news on Iran The Entekhab website was made unaccessible yesterday. This is the first time that a site with Iran’s .ir domain suffix has been banned by the government. No official reason has been given but the case resembles that of another news site close to Ayatollah Ali Khamenei, Baztab.com, which was closed in October and reopened a month later.It seems that Entekhab was filtered for similar reasons, amid intense political struggle between rival conservative factions. Entekhab had referred to President Mahmoud Ahmadinejad’s attempts to impose his mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah, as Khamenei’s successor.—————————–18.10.05Tehran seeking new ways to censor the Internet and track dissidentsMore sites banned, overhaul of filtering system plannedReporters Without Borders today accused the Iranian government of seeking to increase its control of the Internet in recent measures that have included contracting an Iranian company, Delta Global, to set up a new online censorship system.While developing a woefully oppressive model of Internet management, Iran is participating actively in international talks about Internet governance that are being held as part of the World Summit on the Information Society (WSIS), the press organisation said.“These new measures point to an ideological hardening in the Iranian government and a desire by the new president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad, to centralise authority,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They also show that factions exist within the conservatives, as the latest website to be banned, Baztab.com, is run by supporters of the Islamic Republic’s Supreme Leader, Ayatollah Khamenei.”“We are also worried by statements coming from the company that seems to have been given the job of managing Iran’s Internet filters,” the press freedom organisation added. “If what this company’s chief executive turns out to be correct, online surveillance and censorship is to be stepped up. This is very bad news for Iranian bloggers and Internet users.”The head of Delta Global, Rahim Moazemi, told the local news agency ISNA in late September that his company had won a government contract for the management of the Internet control and censorship system. He said he wanted to put an end to “the anarchy of the Internet Service Providers (ISPs)” by centralising the filtering system. He also claimed that Delta Global’s technology was capable of blocking access to all the tools used to get round censorship.Iranian filtering currently uses the “smart filter” technology developed by the US company Secure Comuting, which claims the Iranian authorities never paid to license this software. Iranian Internet censorship is not homogenous and varies according to the ISP used, of which Iran has several hundred. So a website may be accessible in one city and blocked in another.Access to at least four websites that include coverage of Iranian women’s issues – www.womeniniran.org, http://irwomen.com, www.iftribune.com and www.womeniw.com – has been blocked since the start of September. Those in charge of these sites have reacted by launching an online petition at :www.petitiononline.com/mod_perl/signed.cgi?womeno .A court meanwhile on 12 October “provisionally” banned the news website Baztab.com although it belongs to former Revolutionary Guards commander Mohssen Rezai, a supporter of Ayatollah Khamenei, and is supposed to be backed by the Iranian intelligence services. Baztab published reports that were embarrassing for the president. The site’s editor, Foad Sadeghi, said it was banned as a result of a complaint by the secretariat of the High Council for National Security about its articles on the nuclear negotiations that are currently under way.The ban points to internal struggles within the conservative camp, between President Ahmadinejad’s supporters and those still loyal to Ayatollah Khamenei. It seems that the president, with the support of the military, is trying to take control of the internal state apparatus and impose his mentor, Ayatollah Mesbah, as Khamenei’s successor.During the preparatory meetings for the WSIS (which is to take place in Tunis on 16-18 November), Iran called for a “new model” of Internet governance that would put an end to the existing US hegemony.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Help by sharing this information IranMiddle East – North Africa News News Receive email alerts Call for Iranian New Year pardons for Iran’s 21 imprisoned journalists March 18, 2021 Find out more June 9, 2021 Find out more Newslast_img read more

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National Award for Excellence in Extension

first_imgElizabeth Andress, professor of foods and nutrition in the University of Georgia College of Family and Consumer Sciences, has been named the 2012 recipient of the National Award for Excellence in Extension for her long-term success in combining research and education in food safety. Andress, co-author of the U.S. Department of Agriculture’s “Complete Guide to Home Canning,” is project director for the National Center for Home Food Processing and Preservation. She also served as an editor of the past two editions of “So Easy to Preserve,” as well as co-producer of a video series by the same name, both of which provide step-by-step instructions on preserving a variety of foods. “The committee was obviously impressed with the nationally renowned work that you have done in food safety/food preservation. Your use of the electronic media to reach thousands of participants was also well noted,” said James Trapp, associate director of the Oklahoma Cooperative Extension Service and chair of the awards committee, in a letter to Andress. Andress, who has secured more than $5 million in grants for her programs and research, has served as a technical consultant to the U.S. Customs Service regarding food packaging and has served on the Georgia Department of Human Resources Advisory Committee for Implementation of New Food Service Regulations. She also coordinates statewide delivery of the ServSafe food handler manager certification and staff programs, and supports a variety of consumer food safety educational programs and 4-H project work. Andress also teaches undergraduate courses and mentors graduate students in the field of food preservation and safety, in addition to providing in-service training to Cooperative Extension educators in other states. Andress earned a bachelor of arts degree from Albright College in Reading, Penn.; a master of science degree from Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State College; and a Ph.D. in food science from Pennsylvania State University.last_img read more

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Airport efficiency suggestions

first_imgDear Editor,It is nice to see the upgrades that have been done to the CJIA airport. The new facilities will provide a comfortable, modernised experience for travellers. To complement these improvements, I would like to make a few suggestions to improve the ease of transit experience for passengers.1. Simplify the process for filling out departure and arrival records – An online system to check-in and complete the forms necessary for departure and arrival records should be implemented to ease the burden on families travelling with small children. The current process of filling out individual forms for each traveller is fatiguing and time consuming for persons (like myself) who travel with 2-3 small children in tow. Let’s have a secure form accessible by passengers online and authenticated by a security code generated by the system and sent to the passenger. Also, have the option for one form to be used to cover a family of two parents and three small children, filled out by one of the adults.2. Make scanning luggage easier and more convenient – Instead of having to load your luggage up on a trolley then taking it to a special scanner for use by multiple passengers, why not have multiple scanners located at each customs aisle. This way, the airport can scan multiple passengers’ luggage simultaneously and significantly decrease time spent going through customs. This will benefit both arriving and departing travellers and can allow the airport to serve more flights daily.Development should not be limited to facilities and aesthetics only but should incorporate the policies, procedures and training provided to airport personnel to handle flights. There has been an uptick in the number of foreign visitors passing through Guyana, and as oil comes to the barrel, there will be more. Having an efficient, functioning system for travellers will be critical to ensuring they have a good experience entering or exiting the country.Sincerely,Shazaam Allylast_img read more

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