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Government drops plan to ban anonymous blogging but imposes self-discipline

first_img RSF_en Follow the news on China 23.10.06 – Moves to ban anonymous blogging, punish “defamatory” videos News May 28, 2007 – Updated on January 20, 2016 Government drops plan to ban anonymous blogging but imposes self-discipline Organisation Reporters Without Borders takes note of a bill posted, on 22 May, on the website of the Internet Society of China, an offshoot of the information industries ministry, under which blog services will be encouraged but not forced to adopt a system for registering bloggers by their real names. Under an initial draft, it would have been mandatory for bloggers to register under their real names. The ISC said it was posting the bill in order to canvass the public’s views.“Self-discipline is now being extended to blogging although it has already had disastrous effects on the quality of news and information available online in China,” Reporters Without Borders said. “We will continue to defended full freedom for bloggers.”President Hu Jintao and the Communist Party political bureau met on 23 April to discuss how to improve control over the Internet, saying they wanted to “purify” it. The rapid growth in Internet use in China is worrying the authorities and they have been trying to regulate it by all means possible. China is still on the Reporters Without Borders list of the world’s 13 Internet enemies. Of the 68 cyber-dissidents currently imprisoned worldwide, 50 are in China. Reporters Without Borders voiced concern today about a recommendation by the Internet Society of China, which is affiliated to the information ministry, that bloggers should be required to register under their real names when creating a blog. The call came just weeks after authorities in the southwestern province of Chongqing announced that people posting “defamatory” videos on the Internet will be punished.”The blog services available in China are already closely controlled,” Reporters Without Borders said. “They automatically filter sensitive content and moderators are told to warn bloggers who go too far. Despite these restrictions, the Chinese blogosphere is growing rapidly. But that could be brought to a complete halt by a rule ending anonymity for bloggers. In a country where you can spend 10 years in prison for a few messages posted on the Internet, keeping a political blog under one’s own name would be extremely risky.”The Internet Society of China said today that, although no rule had yet been established, the introduction of a real-name system was inevitable. Internet users would have to give their real names when they launch a blog but thereafter would be able to use a pseudonym, the society said.Voicing support for this proposal, the official news agency Xinhua said, “bloggers anonymously disseminating untrue information on the Internet have a negative influence on Chinese society.”A regulation adopted in Chongqing province at the end of last month stipulated that defamatory remarks posted online would be punishable by a fine of 5,000 yuan (about 500 euros) and even imprisonment in some cases. The regulations is aimed above all at preventing the circulation of satirical videos, which are becoming more and more popular on the Internet in China.”The government is past master in the art of regulating new technology,” Reporters Without Borders added. “Each time a new Internet tool becomes available, the authorities find technical and legal means to control it. Websites and chat forums were the first to suffer from Beijing’s censorship. Now it is the turn of blogs and online video exchange systems.”China, which now has about 130 million Internet users and more than 17 million bloggers, is also the country with the most developed human and technological resources for censoring the Internet. With 52 people currently in prison for criticising the authorities on a website or in a blog, China is by far the world’s biggest prison for cyber-dissidents.————-Create your blog with Reporters without borders: www.rsfblog.org Democracies need “reciprocity mechanism” to combat propaganda by authoritarian regimes China’s Cyber ​​Censorship Figures ChinaAsia – Pacific Receive email alertscenter_img to go further News April 27, 2021 Find out more China: Political commentator sentenced to eight months in prison Help by sharing this information News ChinaAsia – Pacific June 2, 2021 Find out more News March 12, 2021 Find out morelast_img read more

No. 1 USC to host UC Irvine in semifinals

first_imgThe No. 1 USC men’s volleyball team is primed to continue its run in the Mountain Pacific Sports Federation tournament Thursday, as it hosts No. 2 UC Irvine in a semifinal match at the Galen Center. at 7:30 p.m.The Trojans (22-2, 20-2) have enjoyed success against the Anteaters (19-11, 14-8) as of late, winning the last four matches.But the Anteaters have improved significantly during the last stretch of the season.Irvine, which is the No. 4 seed, is the next highest ranked team left in the MPSF tournament after both No. 2 BYU and No. 3 Stanford were upset in the first round.Irvine’s strength lies in its serving, leading the conference in serving aces through most of the year. The Anteaters have also developed from a bottom-feeder blocking team into one of the top blocking teams in the conference during the last stretch of the season.“At this point in the season, there’s fewer wrinkles in strategy and more emphasis on execution,” said USC coach Bill Ferguson. “It’s natural that they improve their blocking.”The match is an opportunity for playoff redemption, as UC Irvine eliminated USC in a 2008 play-in match and in 2009 in the national title match.“We were just coming of age back then,” Ferguson said. “They had a lot of All-American upperclassmen back then and our main guys were just sophomores. We’ve grown up a lot since then. It’s a whole different matchup.”This season, the Trojans are tops in the conference in nearly every statistical category both offensively and defensively.Irvine’s offense and serving rank third and first in the conference, respectively. The Anteaters’ outside hitter-centric offense relies on quick outside sets. What they lack in a strong middle attack is remedied by their ability to find holes and single blocks to hit through before the defense can be set.Opposite Carson Clark ranks second in the conference in kills and points overall. Outside hitter Corey Yoder was an All-MPSF First-Teamer and outside hitter Jordan DuFault is a two-time All American.As evidenced by the last four matches, however, the Trojans are unfazed by the Anteater attack.“It doesn’t matter who they have,” said junior middle blocker Steven Shandrick. “We’re so big, physical and smart as blockers and defenders that if we execute, we can outplay anyone.”Most recently, the Trojans won an electric first-round matchup in postseason play against No. 8 UCLA. The Bruins made a last-second lineup change and the Trojans were sucked into chronic mistakes in the first game, but they eventually regained their composure and won the match in convincing fashion.“It was good to get our first playoff win under our belts,” said senior setter Riley McKibbin. “We’re carrying in a lot of momentum from the end of the season and we’re ready for the next step.”last_img read more

Heroes Corporate Fellowship Academy Launches at Joint Base Lewis-McChord

first_imgFacebook10Tweet0Pin0 Submitted by Pacific Mountain Workforce DevelopmentOn January 12, sixteen transitioning service members from Joint Base Lewis-McChord (JBLM) began their 13 week fellowship through the newly launched Heroes Corporate Fellowship Academy.  This one of a kind program will provide fellows an opportunity to learn through hands on experience with a corporate leader in the Seattle area, and additionally through 120 hours of in classroom corporate management training at City University of Seattle.“The Fellowship Academy is a first in the nation program for transitioning service personnel.  It represents the very best in collaboration between the military, the public workforce system and corporate America.  The program matches talented individuals with the needs of our businesses.  They previously served our country and now can serve the local economy….triple win!” – Cheryl Fambles, CEO of Pacific Mountain Workforce Development.This Fellowship developed in partnership between Camo2Commerce, a program of Pacific Mountain Workforce Develop, and Hiring Our Heroes, a program of the U.S. Chamber of Commerce Foundation, will provide transitioning service members with at least 10 years of leadership experience the opportunity to gain familiarity in the civilian market prior to transitioning.  Each of the Fellows will be hosted by a participating corporate partners – ThyssenKrupp Aerospace NA, Amazon, Starbucks, Fred Hutch Cancer Research Center, Compass Group, Thurston Economic Development Council, TrueBlue, Inc., Tacoma-Pierce County Chamber of Commerce, and Williams-Sonoma.“The overarching goal in providing this enhanced educational fellowship opportunity with select industry partners is to provide a transition service that currently does not exist.  The Heroes Corporate Fellowship Academy provides educational, networking, training opportunities, and potential employment within a wider array of industries for experienced transitioning service members.” – Justin Constantine, wounded veteran and senior consultant at the U.S. Chamber Foundation’s Hiring Our Heroes program.Starting this week on JBLM, the 16 service members from the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force, will be spending four days in the classroom beginning to transition their military leadership skills to what they will need for their next mission of working for corporate America.  Following the first week through the end of the Academy, the Fellows will spend Monday through Wednesday with their host, learning through hands on experience.  They will have the opportunity to not only learn about the company, and refine their networking abilities, but will be working on projects that will hone their skills.  On Thursdays, the Fellows will be back in the classroom gaining additional knowledge that will supplement their learning in areas such as project management, business writing, and other topics necessary for success in their transition.  Fridays will be available for each of the Fellows to continue their service obligations, and efforts needed to transition.  The 13 weeks will culminate with a graduation.Ultimately we believe this experience will enable these Fellows the opportunity to maximize their experience in serving us proudly by learning the skills needed to be successful in transitioning into careers in corporate America.“This project could not be successful without the partnership with Hiring Our Heroes, as they provided much needed expertise that supplements, what Camo2Commerce brings to the table and, of course, the ongoing support from the Command Staff at JBLM, who saw the vision in this project.  Along the way, we have also received support in developing this program from ThyssenKrupp Aerospace, the Washington State Employment Security Department, Combat Power Essentials, Tacoma-Pierce Chamber of Commerce, WorkForce Central and additional funding support from Operation: GoodJobs.” – Sean Murphy, Camo2Commerce Project Director.Additional Information can be found at:  Camo2Commerce.com/heroes/Camo2Commerce: This full service transition program is a U.S. Department of Labor funded pilot project working to integrate the public workforce system into the JBLM transition process.  Working with transitioning service members from JBLM on a one-on-one level, Camo2Commerce has successfully placed over 250 service members into employment.Hiring Our Heroes: Hiring Our Heroes is a nationwide initiative to help veterans, transitioning service members, and military spouses find meaningful employment. Working with the U.S. Chamber of Commerce’s vast network of state and local chambers and other strategic partners from the public, private and nonprofit sectors, Hiring Our Heroes has helped hundreds of thousands of veterans and military spouses find meaningful employmentlast_img read more