Applying human rights law to state surveillance

first_imgIn presenting the 13 Principles, Katitza Rodriguez, International Rights Director at theElectronic Frontier Foundation, urged:“member states to assess their national surveillance laws and bring them intocompliance with the 13 benchmarks. We must put an end to unchecked,suspicionless, mass spying online and worldwide. Privacy is a human right, andneeds to be protected as fiercely as all other rights”. News September 23, 2013 – Updated on January 25, 2016 Applying human rights law to state surveillance Matthew Shears, Director for Global Internet Policy and Human Rights with the Center forDemocracy & Technology, said:“We believe these principles outline the essential elements for applying humanrights to communications surveillance and look forward to collaborating with humanrights institutions and human rights advocates to promote these principles globally.” Following the event remotely from South Africa, Anriette Esterhuysen, Executive Directorof the Association for Progressive Communications wrote:”Privacy and security should not be set off against one another. A robust andtrusted internet needs both, and they are mutually reinforcing. The same cannot besaid for privacy and mass surveillance. Mass surveillance undermines privacy inevery possible sense of what the term means: from a human rights perspective andthe perspective of a robust, secure and trusted internet.” Find out more about the Principles at NecessaryandProportionate.org.Privacy International_ Carly Nyst, [email protected]_ +447788286389Access_ Fabiola Carrion -­ [email protected] Frontier Foundation_ Katitza Rodriguez -­ [email protected] for Progressive Communication_ Shawna Finnegan -­ [email protected]_ Joy Liddicoat -­ [email protected] Rights Watch_ Cynthia Wong -­ [email protected] for Democracy and Technology_ Matthew Shears -­ [email protected] Fabiola Carrion, Policy Counsel at Access, while presenting the Principles, concluded:“In Access -­ an organization that defends and extends the fundamental rights ofdigital users at risk -­ we are extremely concerned with the massive surveillancepractices perpetrated by States, from authoritarian regimes to those withdemocratic institutions. As such, we enthusiastically join this proactive effort to placea framework for States to fulfill their human rights obligations under internationallaw.” Organisation center_img Help by sharing this information Lucie Morillion, Head of Reporters Without Borders Advocacy Department, stressed that:“more efforts must be done to regulate and monitor the export of surveillancetechnologies to countries which utilise them to identify and track down dissidents,human right defenders and journalists, who are disclosing public interestinformation. Without the adoption and implementation of adequate protectionmechanisms of these individuals, the right to information is challenged andinvestigatory journalism is at risk.” Cynthia Wong, Senior Internet Researcher at Human Rights Watch, warned:“Without stronger protections for online privacy, we are quickly headed toward aworld where pervasive surveillance is the norm and privacy disappears the secondwe go online. As mobile and Internet adoption expands globally, every governmentshould ensure people can use these technologies without fear of invasive anddisproportionate intrusions into their private lives.” RSF_en GENEVA, 20 September -­-­ Civil society organisations today called upon the members of the Human Rights Council to assess whether national surveillance laws and activities are in line with their international human rights obligations.The Snowden revelations have confirmed that governments worldwide continue to expand their spying capabilities, at home and abroad. Widespread surveillance is being conducted in violation of individuals’ rights to privacy and free expression, and is seldom regulated by strong legal frameworks that respect human rights.With this in mind, a coalition of civil society organisations today launched the “International Principles on the Application of Human Rights to Communications Surveillance,” a set of standards that interpret States’ human rights obligations in light of new technologies and surveillance capabilities. The Principles are endorsed by over 260 civil society organisations around the world, and for the first time set out an evaluative framework for assessing surveillance practices in the context of international human rights law.Civil society organisations presented the Principles during an event on the right to privacy, hosted by the governments of Germany, Norway, Austria, Hungary, Liechtenstein and Switzerland, at the 24th session of the Human Rights Council in Geneva.Navi Pillay, the United Nations High Commissioner for Human Rights, speaking at the event, said that:“technological advancements have been powerful tools for democracy by giving access to all to participate in society, but increasing use of data mining by intelligence agencies blurs lines between legitimate surveillance and arbitrary mass surveillance.”Acknowledging that States have a legitimate task of protecting national security, the High Commissioner stressed that this must done in compliance with the law and any actionNecessaryandProportionate.orgs must be regulated and monitored by the judiciary.Joining the High Commissioner was Frank La Rue, the UN Special Rapporteur on freedom of opinion and expression, who recently released a report which details the widespread use of state surveillance of communications, stating that such surveillance severely undermines citizens’ ability to enjoy a private life, freely express themselves and enjoy their other fundamental human rights.Speaking at the event, the UN Special Rapporteur remarked that:“previously surveillance was carried out on targeted basis but the Internet has changed the context by providing the possibility for carrying out mass surveillance. This is the danger.”In this new context, Frank La Rue stressed that all restrictions to rights have to be established by law, and implemented by legal institutions as well as supported by independent judicial and parliamentary oversight mechanisms. With the aim of taking the discussion forward and ensuring concrete actions, the Special Rapporteur suggested the organisation of a special session at the Human Right Council on surveillance and the right to privacy, and a preparatory multi-­stakeholder seminar, as well as the appointment of a temporary special expert to lead the initiative.Representatives of Privacy International, the Electronic Frontier Foundation, Access, Human Rights Watch, Reporters Without Borders, Association for Progressive Communications, and the Center for Democracy and Technology all took part in the event.Carly Nyst, Head of International Advocacy at Privacy International, emphasised the fundamental importance of the right to privacy:“State surveillance severely threatens individuals’ rights to privacy, free expressionand free association;; impedes an open and democratic society;; hinders a freepress;; breeds conformity and undermines innovation;; and strikes at the heart ofhuman dignity and autonomy. It must only be conducted in the most exceptionalcircumstances, under the watchful eye of an independent judicial authority andstrong oversight mechanisms.” Principles are launched seeking to update understandings of human rights to reflect modern surveillance technologies and techniques.last_img read more

HR Academy: University of Gloucestershire

first_imgHR-specific/related courses: MA/Postgraduate Diploma/PG Certificatein Human Resources Development, full/part-time study, HNC, part-time HND orfull/part-time degree (this offers a full or part-time work placementopportunity). Successful completion of the PG Certificate and Diploma givesgraduate membership of the CIPD. The university also runs CIPD Core Management,Core Personnel and Development, Personnel and Development Electives, as well asbespoke courses for corporates. Founded: Roots go back to the 1800s to the local Schools of Art andScience and the Mechanics and Evening Institutes. Cheltenham and GloucesterCollege of Higher Education was created from a merger in 1990 and it gaineduniversity status in 2001. College CV: One of the country’s newest universities, it operatesfrom three campuses in Cheltenham with a fourth opening this year inGloucester. There are just under 10,000 full-time and part-time students. Ithas received 20-plus QAA ratings in three subject areas and four out of five inthree research areas. Staff from the HR faculty within the business school arealso engaged within the Human Resource Management Research Centre. Founded in1991, the centre undertakes consultancy, bespoke training and academicresearch. Entry: For the MA, a good honours degree or equivalent , or arelevant postgraduate or professional qualification, or appropriate employmentexperience. For the HNC/HND/degree, applicants must satisfy the minimumuniversity entry requirements. Star academics: Adrian Thornhill, head of HRM, who has co-authoredthree books on downsizing and redundancy and managing change. Mike Milmore,whose main areas of interest are recruitment and selection, HR planning,performance appraisal and strategic HRM. He has conducted research andconsultancy in these areas. Barry Baker, whose maininterests are ethicalHRM,occupational psychology including psychometric testing, stressandperformance. Alumni: There is an active alumni network. www.gloucestershire.ac.uk Comments are closed. Previous Article Next Article Related posts:No related photos. HR Academy: University of GloucestershireOn 4 Jun 2002 in Personnel Todaylast_img read more

2016 – The Year that Dell EMC Changed Hyper-Converged

first_imgGrab your hover board and power on your flux capacitor—we’re going back in time. The date is February 16, 2016. Hyper-converged infrastructure (HCI) didn’t know it yet, but she was in for a wild day. HCI’s morning started routine enough… she woke up to find a handful of friend requests from start-ups. Several established players liked a pic she had just posted. And her latest blog was getting tons of shares (especially from analysts). But this type of thing didn’t get her HDDs spinning… HCI was fairly used to being the center of attention.Then everything changed… Her phone buzzed as someone tweeted to her:@DellEMC launches #VxRail Appliances; sets new standard for #hyperconverged. Jointly developed, optimized, and built with @VMware.HCI set down her coffee and surfed over to Dell EMC’s page to see what all the fuss was about. It was a huge announcement, and everyone she knew was commenting about VxRail. “…creates certainty for customers; leverages a proven building block powered by vSAN; customers can continuously modernize; it’s a simple, agile way to scale on demand; leverages existing tools and processes…”It was new. It was transformative. And one thing was clear. VxRail was about to change everything. HCI then did something that she had never done before. She sent her first friend request.And…. we’re back. Today is February 16, 2017 and one year has passed. From the moment we launched VxRail, we knew it was going to be big. But even we were surprised by its out of the gates success—more than 8,000 nodes sold to over 1,000 customers in more than 70 countries—all in the first year!Even more exciting is that when the dust settles on end-of-year industry numbers, we believe VxRail is the most rapidly adopted HCI appliance ever, and that Dell EMC will be the market leader for hyper-converged.More organizations than ever (over 60% of them) are looking to deploy HCI, if they haven’t already.1 Without question, many of them are choosing VxRail. In fact, with the addition of VxRail in 2016, the Dell EMC HCI portfolio outgrew one of the fastest growing IT markets by more 2x, and now represents more than a quarter of all hyper-converged systems sold.2We see customers that span across industries deploying VxRail for more and more use cases within the data center. Notably, this includes enterprise applications, which aligns to industry research that shows three out of four organizations are already deploying HCI in the core.1So what’s next? I’m glad you asked…Hybrid cloud is fast becoming the new operating model for most IT departments. Sure, transient workloads will continue to benefit from the elastic economics offered by the public cloud. But for long-lasting on-premises workloads, VxRail delivers enterprise performance and ease of manageability at half the total cost of ownership versus leveraging the public cloud.3Today, in addition to celebrating VxRail’s first birthday, we are thrilled to announce Enterprise Hybrid Cloud (EHC) on VxRail Appliances . This turnkey hybrid cloud platform helps organizations start small and grow on their journey to transform IT. With EHC on VxRail, customers with smaller deployments can now enjoy the same benefits as larger enterprises—automation, self-service, freeing up resources, minimizing costs, and reducing risk.For more information about this announcement, read the Press Release.Accomplishments of this magnitude are only possible through collaboration. In fact, I would like to take this opportunity to say “thank you” 30,000 times.  In each of the 1,000+ companies who invested in VxRail this past year, there were about 10 stakeholders who contributed to that decision. And each VxRail order was further supported by 20 individuals within Dell EMC and our partner organizations. So that is 30,000 people I need to thank.Thank you for joining me in this journey. I look forward to what we will create together in 2017 and beyond.last_img read more

Update on the latest sports

first_img Share This StoryFacebookTwitteremailPrintLinkedinRedditNFL-NEWSTitans, Henry work out new contract…Prescott remains taggedUNDATED (AP) — The NFL’s reigning rushing leader has a new contract. The Dallas Cowboys’ starting quarterback does not. Adams, Calder finalists announcedNEW YORK (AP) — The NHL has announced the finalists for the Jack Adams Award and the Calder Trophy. Columbus’ John Tortorella, Philadelphia’s Alain Vigneault (VEEN’-yoh) and Boston’s Bruce Cassidy are up for the Adams Award, which goes to the Coach of the Year. Colorado’s Cale Makar (mah-KAHR’), Vancouver’s Quinn Hughes and Chicago’s Dominik Kubalik (koo-BAH’-lihk) are the finalists for the Calder Trophy as the top rookie. WNBA-DELLA DONNE-VIRUS OUTBREAKDelle Donne hurt that request denied by panel of doctorsNEW YORK (AP) — WNBA MVP Elena Delle Donne is hurt that her request was denied to be medically excused for the season. Prescott signed his $31.4 million contract in June. The 2016 NFL Offensive Rookie of the Year earned slightly more than $4 million total in the four years of his rookie contract after being drafted in the fourth round.Kansas City defensive end Chris Jones worked out a pact before the deadline. He and Henry are the only players to sign a new deal among the 14 players who received a franchise tag.Elsewhere in the NFL:— Browns defensive end Myles Garrett’s has signed a five-year, $125 million contract extension on Wednesday, making the talented edge rusher the NFL’s highest-paid defensive player. The deal includes $100 million guaranteed, according to NFL Network. Garrett received a six-game suspension last season after ripping a helmet off of Steelers quarterback Mason Rudolph and striking him in the head with it.— Philadelphia officials have clarified their ban on public events, opening up the possibility the Eagles would be allowed to have fans in the stadium if the city changes its rules before or during the season, assuming the NFL plays games this season. The city on Tuesday banned all large public events that require public permits through February 2021. Teams will be permitted to play without fans in Philadelphia. UNDATED (AP) — A pair of National League All-Stars are dealing with back issues with just over a week before the start of the truncated season.The New York Mets are awaiting MRI results on two-time Cy Young Award winner Jacob deGrom , who left Tuesday’s intrasquad game because of back tightness. Any significant injury to the two-time Cy Young Award winner would be an enormous blow to New York during a season shortened to 60 games by the coronavirus. The right-hander had been scheduled to start on opening day July 24 against Atlanta, but that appears in jeopardy now. The Mets are spending the season without No. 2 starter Noah Syndergaard (SIHN’-dur-gahrd) due to Tommy John surgery.Meanwhile, Chicago Cubs manager David Ross says it’s too early to talk about first baseman Anthony Rizzo starting the season on the injured list. An MRI on Tuesday showed rib-head inflammation on Rizzo’s left side that is causing spasms, a condition he has dealt with before in his career.In other MLB camp news: The panel of independent doctors the league and union agreed upon to decide whether players should be medically excused deemed her not to be “high risk, and should be permitted to play in the bubble.” The league’s reigning MVP has battled Lyme disease since 2008 and thought she would be medically excused from playing this season by the panel. SOCCER-WORLD CUPWorld Cup schedule announcedLONDON (AP) — FIFA (FEE’-fuh) has announced a 2022 World Cup schedule that will have four games every day in a 12-day group stage. Matches later in the tournament that go into extra time will extend past midnight in Qatar. Eight venues in close proximity to Doha will be used at the tournament, which will be played in 28 days rather than the 32 days used in Russia to minimize the disruption to the European season. July 15, 2020 Update on the latest sports The Tennessee Titans have agreed to a new contract with Derrick Henry just before today’s deadline. The team announced only that it was a multi-year extension, but ESPN.com says it’s a four-year package worth up to $50 million with $25.5 million guaranteed. The Titans had to sign him Wednesday or let him play this season under the $10.2 million franchise tag he signed April 2.Henry ran for 1,540 yards and 16 touchdowns during the 2019 regular season before pouring it on in the playoffs, averaging 149 yards in three games.Dak Prescott is set to play the upcoming season under the franchise tag after failing to work out a deal with the Cowboys before the Wednesday afternoon deadline.The two sides have been working for more than a year on a long-term contract for a two-time Pro Bowler who has started every game of his career. — The Denver Broncos are telling season ticket holders that Empower Field at Mile High won’t be at full capacity this season because of the coronavirus outbreak. Face masks will be required if local officials allow a limited number of fans to attend games to maintain social distancing.— The Green Bay Packers say they won’t admit fans to any training camp practices or preseason home games due to the pandemic. This also applies to the annual Packers Family Night, an annual event that features a practice and other activities.— A domestic violence complaint against former Jacksonville Jaguars linebacker Blair Brown has been dismissed. According to the complaint filed in May 2019, Brown pointed a gun at his wife and threatened to kill her. He also was accused of pushing her to the ground, kicking her in the abdomen and punching her in the face after a verbal altercation in April 2019.MLB-NEWSDeGrom, Rizzo dealing with back issues.center_img COLLEGE SPORTS-WISCONSINWisconsin to don black “W”MADISON, Wis. (AP) — The University of Wisconsin plans to have its sports teams wear a university crest logo with a black “W” to show solidarity with Black and other underrepresented communities on campus.School officials said the change would take effect whenever Wisconsin sports teams return to action. They said the black “W” is meant to show support, inclusion and unity from Wisconsin athletes, the athletic department and the university as a whole.NHL-AWARDS VIRUS OUTBREAK-COLLEGE FOOTBALL-MICHIGANMichigan to allow fewer fans, or none at allANN ARBOR, Mich. (AP) — The University of Michigan says fewer fans, if any, will attend games at “The Big House” if the Wolverines play college football games this year.The athletic department says a final decision will be made after conferring with medical experts, the school’s leadership and the Big Ten Conference, along with government officials and agencies.Michigan’s policies include the elimination of season tickets for the 2020 season. Associated Press — Yankees right fielder Aaron Judge homered in an intrasquad game Wednesday after missing five days due to a stiff neck. The team also says right-hander Masahiro (mah-sah-HEE’-roh) Tanaka is scheduled for a bullpen session Thursday, his first action since he was struck on the head by a liner off the bat of Giancarlo Stanton on July 4.— The Red Sox have placed left-handers Eduardo Rodríguez, Josh Taylor, and Darwinzon Hernandez on the injured list while they recover from COVID-19. Rodríguez won 19 games last year and had been the team’s likely opening day starter. The pitchers are eligible to be activated as soon as they have cleared the protocol, but they have not been able to participate in team workouts and would need time to prepare for the season.NBA-PACERS-OLADIPOOladipo rethinking decision to sit out rest of seasonORLANDO, Fla. (AP) — Indiana Pacers guard Victor Oladipo (oh-lah-DEE’-poh) is having second thoughts about calling it a season, saying the workouts in Orlando, Florida, have forced him to rethink his decision. Oladipo said less than two weeks ago that he would sit out because of concerns over his surgically repaired right knee. His presence could give the Pacers a big boost when the season resumes, especially with starting guard Malcolm Brogdon also expected to be healthy. VIRUS OUTBREAK-TENNESSEETennessee reports multiple positives among athletesKNOXVILLE, Tenn. (AP) — The Tennessee Volunteers report multiple positive results for COVID-19 after the university ran a batch of tests last week.The tests were conducted after the Fourth of July holiday weekend. A spokesman confirmed Wednesday that the positive tests spanned “multiple sports.”Tennessee previously had two basketball players test positive, with both clearing quarantine. HORSE RACING-BAFFERT SUSPENDEDTriple-Crown-winning trainer gets 15-day banLOS ANGELES (AP) — Two-time Triple Crown-winning trainer Bob Baffert has been suspended for 15 days by the Arkansas Racing Commission after two of his horses tested positive for a banned substance. Baffert-trained horses Charlatan and Gamine each tested positive for lidocaine in two rounds of testing after winning races at the Hot Springs, Arkansas, track on May 2. The commission said the suspension will run from Aug. 1 -15. NFL-OBIT-DAVID LEWISFormer NFL and USC player David Lewis dies at 65 TAMPA, Fla. (AP) — A key member of the Tampa Bay Buccaneers’ 1979 team that reached the NFC title game has died at 65. David Lewis died in Tampa. The cause was not immediately known but USC said he had struggled with health issues in recent years. Lewis played college ball at USC. He was also among the defensive stars on the 1979 Buccaneers team that reached the NFC title game, capping the franchise’s “worst to first” transformation. The Bucs won 10 games that year after having won just seven in the franchise’s previous three seasons.last_img read more