Investment funds and analysts to monitor what Internet firms do in repressive countries

first_img At the initiative of Reporters Without Borders, 25 US, Canadian, Australian and European investment funds managing around 21 billion dollars in assets said they are committed to online freedom of expression in a joint statement issued a news conference today in New York. As part of their commitment, they are undertaking to monitor the activities of Internet sector companies in repressive countries. The statement is above all targeted at companies such as Yahoo!, Cisco Systems and Microsoft that help the Chinese authorities censor the Internet or operate online surveillance systems.The text of the statement and list of signatories: Organisation RSF_en News Related documents Download the declarationPDF – 17.68 KB November 7, 2005 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Investment funds and analysts to monitor what Internet firms do in repressive countries Help by sharing this information Background : Reporters Without Borders has on several occasions condemned the ethical lapses displayed by certain Internet sector companies when operating in repressive countries. The organisation wrote to Yahoo! in July 2002 asking it to explain why it helps Chinese government agencies responsible for censorship. The California-based corporation has for years agreed to censor the Chinese version of its search engine so that, for example, searches for such word strings as “Falungong” or “human rights in China” will display content from official sources only. Reporters Without Borders also tried to get in contact with Cisco Systems, Yahoo! and Microsoft in December 2003 in the hope of being able to talk about the consequences of their activities for freedom of expression. Our letters received no reply.As a result, the organisation investigated other ways of getting its views across. It got in touch with investment funds which are existing or potential shareholders in these companies. Boston Common Asset Management, a US investment company that practices Socially Responsible Investment (SRI), agreed right away to look at the issue. It was joined soon afterwards by Domini Social Investment. These two investment companies began by writing to Cisco Systems chief executive John Chambers to request more transparency about the type of equipment and training programmes his company has sold to China in the past 10 years. Many statements and documents indicate that Cisco Systems has provided the Chinese police with technology that allows it to censor the Internet and monitor people while online. But this request was also ignored. Boston Common and Domini then decided to draw up a shareholder resolution in which they reiterate they request for information about Cisco’s activities in countries that are known to flout freedom of expression. This resolution will be voted on at the next general meeting of the company’s shareholders on 15 November.While pleased with this initiative, Reporters Without Borders wanted to go further and get other investment firms and business analysts to take a stand on the issue. So, together with Boston Common and Domini, it drafted a “Joint Statement on Freedom of Expression and the Internet.” The signatories affirm that respect for free expression is one of the criteria they will take into account when deciding where to invest. They add that they will step up their monitoring of Internet sector companies whose business activities have an impact on the free flow of information online. And they also undertake to support resolutions favouring free expression that are presented at shareholders’ meetings.The statement has already been signed by 25 investment firms managing some 21 billion dollars in assets. Reporters Without Borders hopes that other investment companies will join this initiative, especially traditional funds that do no specialise in ethical investing. The organisation meanwhile deplores the lack of interest shown by European socially responsible investment companies, of which so far only one has agreed to sign.Reporters Without Borders points out that this statement is not just targeted at Yahoo!, Microsoft and Cisco Systems. There has been a great deal of comment of late about such cases as the Chinese journalist, Shi Tao, who got a 10-year prison sentence on the basis of information supplied by Yahoo!, and Microsoft’s agreeing to censor the Chinese version of its MSN Spaces blog tool. But other companies participate in online censorship and surveillance in China. Google, for example, decided in July 2004 to exclude any “subversive” website from the Chinese version of its news search engine.Finally, this statement’s cope is not limited to just China. It could, for example, also apply to Fortinet, the company that installed Internet filters for the Burmese junta, or Secure Computing, which did the same in Tunisia. At the initiative of Reporters Without Borders, 25 US, Canadian, Australian and European investment funds managing around 21 billion dollars in assets issued a joint statement today in New York about their Internet sector investments. last_img read more

Exhibition highlights Limerick’s artistic legacy

first_img TAGSDr Hugh MaguireexhibitionfeaturedFr John Leonardfull-imageGlucksman LibraryHunt MuseumlimerickMy city my home Walk in Covid testing available in Limerick from Saturday 10th April No vaccines in Limerick yet RELATED ARTICLESMORE FROM AUTHOR Facebook An early photograph of Limerick’s O’Connell Street that is included in the Hunt Museum’s ‘My City, My Home’ exhitbition.LIMERICK’S artistic legacy is one of the finest in the country and deserves to be widely known, according to the director of the city’s Hunt Museum.Dr Hugh Maguire was speaking in advance of the opening of the Museum’s winter exhibition, ‘Limerick: My city My Home’  on this Friday, November 28. The exhibition, which  will be launched by Education Minister Jan O’Sullivan will run until next February.Sign up for the weekly Limerick Post newsletter Sign Up The wealth of visual records for the city is most significant and especially from the sixteenth century onwards artists and cartographers captured the strategic, economic and architectural importance of the city.Limerick was considered very much within a wider European context and later its architectural embellishment and ambition linked it with tastes in Great Britain and subsequently the scale and breadth of the British Empire.The Museum’s winter exhibition is hosted in conjunction with the University of Limerick’s Glucksman Library and gives visitors an insight into the wealth of holdings, nationally and locally of Limerick visual material from sixteenth century maps to contemporary photography.According to Dr Maguire the exhibition can only touch on what’s available and whet the visitor’s appetite.“The available budget and the limitations of a gallery space only allow us a sampling of the beautiful imagery held in the region itself and in national collections including the National Library of Ireland and the National Gallery of Ireland.“The exhibition especially celebrates the Norton, Leonard, MacAnally and Lysaght collections in our sister institution – the Glucksman Library at the University of Limerick with whom we are sharing this exhibition. Such collections as those accumulated by Fr. John Leonard highlight a deep affection for the city”, he said.The exhibition is open daily and admission is free. Advertisement Previous articleCriminals locked out of Limerick PrisonNext articleFighting cutbacks to highlight drug and alcohol awareness Editor Print Emailcenter_img WhatsApp Linkedin NewsExhibition highlights Limerick’s artistic legacyBy Editor – November 19, 2014 1086 First Irish death from Coronavirus Shannondoc operating but only by appointment Limerick City Gallery of Art exhibition showcases ‘Limerick Connections’ through artists over the past 50 years Twitter Limerick Post Show | At Home On The Farm Exhibition last_img read more

Insignia and CB Hillier Parker say it’s business as usual … for now

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Coates set for Nacional loan move

first_img Press Association Liverpool are prepared to allow the centre-back to continue his rehabilitation in his homeland with a view to him regaining fitness and being able to get some match practice before this summer’s tournament in Brazil. “It would be beautiful to join Nacional and complete my recovery in Uruguay with my family and friends,” the centre-back told Radio El Espectador 810. “The negotiations can be hard sometimes, and we have to wait a bit.” Coates joined Liverpool from Nacional in August 2011 in a reported £7million deal but struggled to force his way into the first team. The centre-back has made just 24 appearances in that time, half of which have been in the Premier League, and scored two goals. The 23-year-old has been sidelined since tearing an anterior cruciate ligament in a knee while on international duty for Uruguay in August. Coates is still continuing his rehabilitation but Press Association Sport understands he is already in Montevideo awaiting completion of the move. center_img Liverpool defender Sebastian Coates is set to rejoin former club Nacional on loan as he battles to be fit for this summer’s World Cup.last_img read more