Tech firms ‘colluding’ in web censorship – Iain Thomson,

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Amnesty International accuses web giants of hypocrisy

Amnesty International has accused technology firms of hypocrisy for their stance on helping authorities around the world to censor the internet.

The human rights organisation has alleged that Cisco, Google, Microsoft and Yahoo are “colluding” in aiding repressive governments around the world to block some internet content.

Amnesty International’s latest report claims that at least 25 countries now apply state-mandated internet filtering, including Azerbaijan, Bahrain, Burma, Ethiopia, India, Iran, Morocco, Saudi Arabia, South Korea, Thailand and Tunisia.

“The virus of internet repression is spreading. The ‘Chinese model’ of an internet that allows economic growth but not free speech or privacy is growing in popularity,” said Amnesty International UK campaigns director Tim Hancock.

“From a handful of countries five years ago, it is dozens of governments today who block sites and arrest bloggers. Unless we act on this issue, the internet could change beyond all recognition in the years to come.

“More and more governments are realising the utility of controlling what people see online, and major internet companies, in an attempt to expand their markets, are colluding in these attempts.

“At the moment we turn on our computer and assume we can see all that there is online. The fear is that we will only be able to access what someone wants us to see.”

Internet censorship among governments it is only part of the story, according to Hancock. Bloggers, internet cafés and internet journalists are all being targetted.

“The internet is a bad thing for two groups: governments who are realising that they are losing control of information and are trying to restrict the use of the internet; and the victims of those governments who are imprisoned for simply using the internet to post and share information,” said Sami Ben Gharbia, a Tunisian blogger and cyber-activist who now lives in The Netherlands as a political refugee.

  1. fish
    | #1

    After 16 years in power, Woyannes could not even feed “their own” children.

    Malnutrition, Stunted Growth Still Prevalent in Tigray, Other Regions – Unicef

    Daily Monitor (Addis Ababa)
    Posted to the web 31 May 2007
    By Endale Assefa

    More than 41 percent of children under five experience stunted growth in Tigray and an estimated 11.6 percent suffer from acute malnutrition, according to UNICEF-Ethiopia.

    In a press release sent to The Daily Monitor, the UN agency said the deplorable situation in the region was revealed during a visit by the Head of European Commission and Tim Clarke, Head of European Commission in Ethiopia to UNICEF – supported child nutrition sites in Tigray- Mekele on May 29, 2007.

    UNICEF says the problem of malnutrition was the case with other regions of the country where it said a large scale intervention was needed to save millions of vulnerable children.

    “We have just seen a child here who is 18 months old. Her normal weight should be 13 Kilos; but she is only five kilos-highly at risk and we can give her therapeutic feeding in order to give her a chance to survive,” Tim Clark said during the visit.

    According to the 2002 demographic and health survey, 47 percent of Ethiopian children are stunted and 11 percent wasted.

    The EC delegate to Ethiopia has provided 7.6 million Euros to UNICEF during the past year in support of the Enhanced Out reach Strategy (EOS)/ TSF-Targeted Supplementary Food Program- a joint program initiative executed between the government, WFP and UNICEF.

    UNICEF indicated that with European Commission’s donation, it was working in life saving efforts Ethiopia by providing mothers and children with key survival interventions.

    “Tigray has just over 500 places with in the Therapeutic Feeding Program (TFP) through out the region. For complete coverage we need roughly 14, 000 to cope with on going severe mal-nutrition needs that is still a huge gap,” explains Dr. Iqbal Kabil, UNICEF Head of Nutrition and Food Security Section.

    In its fourth year, EOS/ TSF aims to give the most vulnerable access to food, primary health care nutritional awareness.

    It also monitors the nutritional status of populations for better emergency and preparedness and response, it was noted.

  2. zalalm
    | #2

    After 16 years in power
    The Ethiopian Millennium Festival National Secretariat is finalizing its activities of organizing the various Millennium Celebration events for the unique and colorful commemoration of our transition from Millennium 2000 to the 3rd millennium, according to the Ethiopic Calendar. The arrival of the new millennium, which will be celebrated colorfully for a year-long milestone, will be launched at the national level tomorrow, June 5, 2007.
    Our country has seen numerous historical incidences to occur over the last 1000 years. These incidences have played their own roles in generating either positive or negative consequences, Ethiopia and its peoples became known for. Among these are famine, war and disease, which have contributed much in damaging the country’s image over the last 1000 years.

    However, currently, we find ourselves in a different situation than the one we used to be known for in the past. We have registered several tangible results and are in a situation whereby we can change ourselves profoundly. The upcoming millennium has opened up a decisive era for us to achieve yet more paradigm shifts to the better.

    The one-year-long celebration will be marked through various events which will play decisive roles to enhance this important transition. The Ethiopian Millennium Festival National Secretariat has been set up by the Council of Ministers to coordinate and direct the Millennium Celebration and year-long festivities in a planned and coordinated manner. Moreover, the Council has met several times and is following up the activities of the Secretariat in charge. The Ethiopian Millennium Festival National Secretariat, which is engaged in various projects aimed at promoting the image of the country, enhancing national consensus and shared vision, has finalized the necessary preparations and will officially launce the events tomorrow, June 5, 2007. “Two Tress for 2000,”? “Our Millennium,”?- Musical Extravaganza, the Construction of Millennium Parks, Coffee Exhibition in Bonga, the Africa Week, Millennium Monuments, Millennium Youths, are among the events and will be transmitted live on radio and television channels across the nation.

    The Ethiopian Millennium Celebration to be launched tomorrow will provide us a unique opportunity of the upcoming millennium for us to see a developed, prosperous Ethiopia; a nation known by its better and real image and that shall become a choice for all in the new millennium. We have begun the right journey that will take us to this optimism, and must exert all possible efforts to create a nation that we have envisioned about. The Millennium Celebration must be the moment when we work hand in hand to build our image and forge national consensus.

  3. zalalm
    | #3

    Ethiopian Airlines envisions becoming an annually one-billion-dollar earning company with more than 30 jet airplanes and over 60 destinations around the globe by 2010, the Chief Operating Officer of the airline disclosed.

    Chief Operating Officer Tewolde Gebre-Mariam told WIC that the strategy to be implemented in the coming three years would also expand the maintenance, repair and overhaul center and other ancillary services that provide aviation services for many African and other airlines. The airline will construct a new catering center too.

    Re-branding and improvements in service delivery processes, such as the recently launched e-ticketing, among others, are part of the Vision 2010 endeavor underway, according to Tewolde.

    Meanwhile, the 10 Boeing 787 “˜Dream Liner’ airplanes purchased at an estimated cost of over 1.3 billion USD would arrive within three years beginning September 2008, it was indicated.

    According to the delivery timetable for five of the 10 Boeing 787 airplanes will arrive in Addis between September 2008 and November 2009 while the remaining are scheduled to arrive between July 2010 and May 2011.

    Ethiopian is one of the only three launch customers–with All Nippon, Japanese Airline, and Northwest of America– to have these state-of-the-art Boeing 787 airplanes in the world, the Chief Officer added.

    According to Tewolde, Ethiopian Airlines would be the first airline in Africa, and probably in the Middle-East, to fly this uniquely designed airplane with unmatched features in the aviation technology.

    The current annual revenue of Ethiopian Airlines is 800 million USD and the number of its jet airplanes 20 while flying to 50 destinations worldwide.

  4. fish
    | #4

    Dear Zelalem:what about the tigree begers in addis that we are tired of feeding every day and their the flies on hteir face needs to chased. What is your plan for that? I guess the priority of your bluffing is not right.

  5. fish
    | #5

    And why do you have to stop only on one billion dollar profit why don’t you make 10 billion like the economy growth. One thing is for sure you forget the negative sign before each number you are talking about that is why it misses the reality.

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