EU must not back down on control of digital weapon exports

first_img Pourquoi l’Europe peut (et doit) stopper les marchands d’armes numériques RSF_en Help by sharing this information Organisation July 12, 2017 Find out more December 1, 2017 EU must not back down on control of digital weapon exports Reporters Without Borders – known internationally as Reporters sans frontières (RSF) – hails the European Parliament international trade committee’s approval last week of a proposal for reinforcing controls on dual-use surveillance technology exports. If implemented, it would help to prevent authoritarian regimes from spying on journalists and arresting them. RSF urges MEPs to adopt this proposal when it goes before a full session of the European Parliament in January, and to resist the siren calls from the lucrative surveillance industry’s lobbyists. Does the committee’s vote mean the European Union will finally stop turning a blind eye to the export of digital weapons? The legislative revision currently under way could make it harder for European companies to export software to authoritarian regimes that use it to spy on journalists. “The challenge now is not to relinquish anything in the proposal already approved by the parliamentary committee,” Elodie Vialle, the head of RSF’s Journalism and Technology Desk, said. “MEPs must not yield to the siren calls of lobbyists orchestrated by the companies that sell surveillance technology. This is a unique chance to show that business stops where respect for human rights starts, including respect for the freedom to inform.” Invisible but real weapons The goal is to limit the export of software that allows these regimes to intercept phone calls, hack into computers and decipher passwords. Such technology is called “dual use” because it has both civilian and military applications. In the same way that nuclear energy can be used to generate electricity and make bombs. Several European Union countries, including Italy and France, are involved. The French company Amesys, for example, sold an online communications interception system called Eagle to Col. Muammar Gaddafi’s Libya in 2007. The United Kingdom has also always been lenient on surveillance technology exports to authoritarian regimes. Media exposure of these exports has been embarrassing for Europe’s democracies. The issue was discussed and – to cries of “Never again!” – the EU has since 2014 included surveillance technology in the dual-use exports that are supposed to be controlled. Business as usual for the time being But no account had been taken of the ingenuity of the surveillance technology companies, which the relevant agencies and authorities have done little to curb. Amesys set up operations under the name of AMESys in Dubai where it has continued business as usual including involvement with Field Marshall el-Sisi’s regime in Egypt. As the crackdown on journalists intensified in Turkey in early 2017, the UK’s department for international trade granted a licence for the sale of communications interception software to the Turkish authorities. Aware that the promotion of European digital start-up growth does not justify the sale of digital weapons, the European Commission published a proposal for new dual-use technology legislation in September 2016 that would update and harmonize the existing regulations. After a long discussion and postponing a vote twice, the European Parliament’s Committee on International Trade (INTA) voted on 23 November in favour of amendments to the proposal that would tighten the controls on surveillance technology exports. RSF hails its proposed legal requirement on companies to exercise “due diligence,” meaning they would have to ensure that their exported software would not be used to violate human rights. RSF also welcomes its insistence on more transparency, including the provision of more detailed information about the nature of the technology being exported. RSF nonetheless reminds MEPs that more clarity is needed about the verification process to which surveillance technology companies must submit. Right to know The European Parliament is due to vote on the proposed new legislation between 14 and 18 January. European citizens also have a right to know if their countries are selling digital weapons to dictatorships. RSF will follow the European Parliament’s negotiations closely in the coming weeks. center_img Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersExiled mediaPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet News to go further News MEPs must not yield to the siren calls of lobbyists orchestrated by the companies that sell surveillance technology, says RSF. Protecting journalistsProtecting sources WhistleblowersExiled mediaPredatorsFreedom of expressionCitizen-journalistsInternet last_img read more

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BUILDING PERMITS: May 19 – May 25, 2019

first_imgLocal News Facebook Pinterest Facebook Twitter WhatsApp BUILDING PERMITS: May 19 – May 25, 2019 NEW City of Odessa logo wide USE THIS ONE NEW RESIDENTIALMorrison Group, 7004 Turnberry Lane, $300,000; Morrison Group, 2803 Tom Morris Road, $300,000; Morrison Group, 7015 Turnberry Lane, $300,000; Morrison Group, 2909 Tom Morris Road, $300,000; Permian Homes Inc./Morgan Warrick, 14 Balmoral Enclave, $279,540; Contrast Homes, 910 N. Washington Ave., $170,000; Permian Homes Inc./Morgan Warrick, 26 Balmoral Enclave, $202,410; Burnett Construction/John Burnett, 208 Rolling Winds Circle, $300,000; Elizabeth Molina, 5305 McKnight Drive, $30,000 Total: 9 permits, $2,181,950RESIDENTIAL ADDITIONS, ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSR & W Construction/Antonio Jurado, 1204 W. 20th St., $7,000; Mario Sanchez, 4337 Ridgedale Ave., $500; Elois Ivette Rivera, 724 Carver Ave., $2,200; Hector H. Martinez/Randy Russell, 23 Santa Fe Place, $18,000; Zulema Ortega, 2511 N. Tom Green Ave., $4,000; Guadalupe Valenzuela, 5407 Mc Knight Drive, $30,000; Keith Jankouskz, 2717 Brazos Ave., $5,000; Harley Maples, 3517 Fairlane Ave., $50,000; Pedro Mendoza, 1906 Tom Green Ave., $1,000; Extreme Exteriors, 8205 San Simon St., $30,273; Miguel Arroyo, 300 Lotteman Drive, $15,000; Seturnino Barrientz, 1104 W. Clifford St., $2,000; Randy Bufkin, 1803 Lyndale Drive, $7,115; Extreme Exteriors/Heath Bailey, 8205 San Simon St., $59,276; West County Rock and Turf, 7002 Perot Ranch Road, $10,000; Virgil Trower & Associates/Virgil Trower, 300 Lasseter Ave., $50,000; Carol McCorkle, 9423 Sedona Ave. swimming pool, $2,500; Wheeler Drilling/Jeff Nash, 6001 Mecca St. water well, $4,000; Wheeler Drilling/Bernard Cando, 45 Castle Oaks Drive water well, $4,000; Diana Ramos, 410 E. 97th St., $2,500; Carlos Buritica, 2624 E. 11th St., $1,500; Fred Munoz/Mayra Mena, 1117 Laredo Drive, $2,000 Total: 22 permits, $307,864NEW COMMERCIALSIdeal Building and Remodeling Services/Madeline Salcido, 4060 Medical Park Drive, $2,500,000; Atkinson & Asso-ciates, 3716 Andrews Highway, $750,000 Total: 2 permits, $3,250,000COMMERCIAL ADDITIONS, ALTERATIONS & CONVERSIONSHunz-rigt Ha, 1027 Whitaker Ave., $8,000; RRC Construction, 8050 E. 191 Highway, $259,789; Dewayne Patterson Con-struction/Bill Avary, 1000 N. Grandview Ave., $24,600; Jim Patman, 2381 E. I-20, $11,009; Jim Patman, 2381 E. I-20, $11,009; Jim Patman, 2381 E. I-20, $11,009; Nexius Solutions Inc, 6200 Cargo Road, $15,000; Tommy Garcia, 3138 Andrews Highway, $3,000 Total: 8 permits, $343,416CERTIFICATE OF OCCUPANCYStephen Warren, 1105 S. Grandview Ave.; Suqin Jiang, 6128 Eastridge Road. Total: 2 permits Total permits: 43 Total value: $6,083,230 Total permits (2019 year to date): 708 Total value (2019 year to date): $154,046,831 Total permits (2018): 2,089 Total value (2018): $309,218,788.94center_img WhatsApp Pinterest By Digital AIM Web Support – February 24, 2021 Twitter TAGS  Previous articleWhat’s Going On June 22Next articleTEXAS LEAGUE BASEBALL: RockHounds vs. Sod Poodles Digital AIM Web Supportlast_img read more

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Mullins duo seek Grimes glory

first_img So Young is the highest rated horse in the reckoning for the two-mile Grade Three, having won last season’s Red Mills Trial Hurdle at Gowran Park before running down the field in races at the Cheltenham and Punchestown Festivals and in France. Four-time winner Midnight Game is the closest horse to his stable companion on official figures, but could only finish seventh on his latest appearance in the Ulster Derby at Down Royal. The champion trainer’s brother, Tom Mullins, is set to be represented in the Grimes Hurdle by admirable veteran Fosters Cross. The 11-year-old showed he has lost none of his enthusiasm when winning on the Flat under Joseph O’Brien at Leopardstown last week. “We were delighted with him in Leopardstown. Hopefully there will something at the Galway Festival for him, but he’ll probably take in the Grimes Hurdle first,” said Mullins. “We’ll have a look at the race and go from there. There will be a few options for him at Galway. “There is an amateur riders race on the Monday, there is the Galway Hurdle, which he has been placed in before, and the Galway Plate. We’ll try to pick the right option for him.” Other horses also in the mix for the Grimes Hurdle are Imperial Shabra and Steps To Freedom, although the latter has been declared to run over fences at Killarney on Wednesday. Willie Mullins’ pair of So Young and Midnight Game are two of the star names among nine possible runners in the Kevin McManus Bookmaker Grimes Hurdle at Tipperary on Sunday.center_img Press Associationlast_img read more

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