05.21.22

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Links 21/05/2022: HP Teams up with System76

Posted in News Roundup at 3:01 am by Dr. Roy Schestowitz

  • GNU/Linux

    • Desktop/Laptop

      • GamingOnLinuxHP teamed up with System76 for the HP Dev One laptop with Pop!_OS Linux

        Pop!_OS Linux from System76 is expanding with more vendors, as HP now have a teaser up for the HP Dev One laptop. Built for developers they say, although with the kind of specs on offer it seems like it might make quite a good gaming machine too.

      • Beta NewsHP chooses Ubuntu-based Pop!_OS Linux for its upcoming Dev One laptop — could System76 be an acquisition target?

        Rumors have been swirling lately that HP was planning to release a laptop running the Pop!_OS operating system. Today, System76′s CEO Carl Richell shared on Twitter that this is absolutely happening — a 14-inch developer-focused notebook called “Dev One.” While this is good news for the Linux community overall, it is quite curious. After all, System76 doesn’t just maintain the Pop!_OS operating system, it sells computers running the distribution too. In other words, HP and System76 are competitors in the hardware business.

        So, what does this tell me? Well, it is purely speculation, but as the old adage says, “where there is smoke, there is fire.” And so, it is safe to assume that HP acquiring System76 could be a possibility in the future — if this new relationship pans out at least. HP could be testing the waters with the upcoming Dev One. Keep in mind, System76 does not even build its own laptops, so we could see the company leave the notebook business and focus on desktops only — let HP handle the Pop!_OS laptops.

        “We’ve got you covered. Experience exceptional multi-core performance from the AMD Ryzen 7 PRO processor and multitask with ease. Compile code, run a build, and keep all your apps running with more speed from the 16GB memory. Plus, load and save files in a flash, thanks to 1TB fast PCIe NVMe M.2 storage. We’ve even added a Linux Super key so shortcuts are a click away. Simply put, HP Dev One is built to help you code better,” explains HP.

    • Instructionals/Technical

      • UNIX CopHow to install unrar on CentOS 9 Stream? – Unix / Linux the admins Tutorials

        UNRAR is a terminal tool used to decompress RAR files. These RAR files are some of the most common files you can find on the Internet.

        Another aspect of UNRAR is that you can use it as a command or via an archiver such as GNOME File Roller or others.

      • Linux HintHow to Open a File in Git Bash

        There are a lot of editors available in the Linux system to open and modify any type of file regardless of its extension. Some editors came built-in like a text editor and “Gnu nano editor”. While some of them are manually installed by the users.Within this guide, we will see how we can use these editors to open certain types of files in the Kali Linux system.

      • Linux HintHow to Install Python 3.9 on Ubuntu 22.04

        Python is the most widely utilized high-level language that comprises applications ranging from normal scripts to complicated machine learning algorithms. It is known for its straightforward conversion to newer releases and its basic, easy-to-learn syntax, which enhances readability and also reduces software maintenance costs.

        More specifically, Python 3.9 is embedded with new syntax, built-in, standard library features, new library modules, and Interpreter improvements.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install Python 3.9 on Ubuntu 22.04 using two different methods. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintHow to install SQLite 3 in Ubuntu 22.04

        SQLite is a C language library that comprises a lightweight and free-to-use Relational Database Management System or RDMS. It is also called a “client-server” database engine. Almost all of the programming languages are developed with the functionality to support SQLite, and it can be embedded with the “.sqlite3/.sqlite/.DB” extension. Also, SQLite is primarily utilized for handling client-side or local storage.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to install SQLite 3 in Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • How to install go 1.18 on Fedora 36 – NextGenTips

        Golang is an open-source programming language that is easy to learn and use. It is built-in concurrency and has a robust standard library. It is reliable, builds fast, and efficient software that scales fast.

        Its concurrency mechanisms make it easy to write programs that get the most out of multicore and networked machines, while its novel-type systems enable flexible and modular program constructions.

        Go compiles quickly to machine code and has the convenience of garbage collection and the power of run-time reflection.

        In this guide, we are going to learn how to install golang 1.18 on Fedora 36.

      • How to Install xArchiver on Debian 11

        Decompressing and compressing files is a routine task in almost any modern operating system. This makes it easy to share files over the internet or to save some hard disk space. To achieve this, we can use the console or graphical applications like xArchiver. In this post, you will learn how to install xArchiver on Debian 11.

      • Linux HintHow To Set or Change Timezone on Ubuntu 22.04

        In Linux-based systems such as Ubuntu 22.04, providing correct Timezone information is essential for performing different system-related tasks. Also, when you set up automatic corn jobs that depend upon the Timezone of your system, providing inaccurate information can cause problems.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure to set or change Timezone on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HintHow To Use the C Programming Language in Ubuntu 22.04

        Want to step into the programming world and confused about selecting your first programming language? If yes, No worries! We are here for your assistance.
        For new learners, the C Programming language is proven as the most popular and easy-to-use programming language. Its simple syntax can assist in understanding the architecture of a computer. Moreover, after mastering the C Programming Language, you can employ its logical concepts in other programming languages.

        This write-up will discuss the procedure for using the C Programming Language on Ubuntu 22.04. So, let’s start!

      • Linux HandbookHow to Cut, Copy and Paste in Vim

        The functions of copy and paste are a critical part of file editing since it is performed quite often.

        You can perform cut, copy and paste in Vim as well. You just need to know the keys for that.

        I hope you are familiar with different Vim modes. The methods are different for normal mode and visual mode. I’ll show the steps for both.

      • How to Install Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS Step by Step (Screenshots)

        Pop!_OS 22.04 is an Ubuntu-based Linux distribution featuring a custom GNOME Shell experience.The project’s latest release is Pop!_OS 22.04 LTS (Long Term Support), which is now available for download. This release includes a number of improvements, including better support for HiDPI displays, folding views in the file manager, and updated software packages.

        In this article, we’ll look at the new features in Pop!_OS 22.04 along with a detailed step-by-step guide to install Pop!_OS 22.04 with screenshots.

    • WINE or Emulation

      • WineHQ – Wine Announcement – The Wine development release 7.9 is now available.

        The Wine development release 7.9 is now available.

        What’s new in this release:
        – Preliminary work towards PE conversion of macOS driver.
        – A number of fixes for test failures on Windows.
        – Various bug fixes.

        The source is available from the following locations:

        https://dl.winehq.org/wine/source/7.x/wine-7.9.tar.xz

        http://mirrors.ibiblio.org/wine/source/7.x/wine-7.9.tar.xz

        Binary packages for various distributions will be available from:

        https://www.winehq.org/download

        You will find documentation on https://www.winehq.org/documentation

        You can also get the current source directly from the git
        repository. Check https://www.winehq.org/git for details.

        Wine is available thanks to the work of many people. See the file
        AUTHORS in the distribution for the complete list.

      • GamingOnLinuxWindows compatibility layer Wine 7.9 is now available

        Wine is the compatibility layer that allows you to run games and applications developed for Windows – on Linux (plus also macOS and BSD). A new biweekly development release is out now with Wine 7.9. It’s a major part of what makes up Steam Play Proton and enables a ton of games to work on the Steam Deck. Once a year or so, a new stable release is made.

    • Games

    • Desktop Environments/WMs

      • K Desktop Environment/KDE SC/Qt

        • This week in KDE: We don’t like bugs very much

          With the Plasma 5.25 beta released, this was a very bug-squishy week. We managed to land a new feature and some UI improvements, but the focus was on fixing bugs, as you can see below!

          Go install the beta release and file bug reports! Find all the issues we missed so we can fix more bugs!

  • Distributions and Operating Systems

    • Open Hardware/Modding

      • Linux GizmosSENSE, an affordable multipurpose sensor board for Arduino and Raspberry Pi

        The SENSE is a compact board loaded with several sensors to gather data from the environment. The device also integrates a battery backed RTC (Real Time Clock) and an SD card socket to enable easy data logging. The product was developed by a seventeen-year-old electronics enthusiast and president of his high school’s robotic team, Zack Seifert.

        The sensing capabilities of the SENSE board rely on the BME688 (air quality, pressure, humidity and temperature), the APDS9960 (proximity, light, RGB color sensing, and basic gesture sensing) and the SPK0641HT4H (PDI mic). 

    • Mobile Systems/Mobile Applications

      • WhichUKThree announces the end of 3G: what this means for your mobile phone

        The closure of Three’s 3G services is significant, as it currently covers 99% of the UK outdoor population with its combined 3G and 4G network, and carries 28% of mobile data traffic in the country.

        David Hennessy, Chief Technology Officer at Three UK said: ‘3G kick-started the mobile revolution – and launched Three into the UK 20 years ago – but the future is undoubtedly 5G. As we continue to roll out our ultrafast connectivity, by not only upgrading our existing 4G sites but building new 5G sites, we’ll be in a position to switch off our use of 3G across our network by the end of 2024.’

  • Free, Libre, and Open Source Software

    • Web Browsers

      • [Old] Computer WorldDevelopers push back against Apple ‘ban’ on third-party browsers

        A group of developers is fighting Apple’s Safari browser dominance on its iPhone and iPad devices, insisting the company is involved in the anti-competitive practices.

        Open Web Advocacy (OWA), a UK-based developers group, has a self-stated purpose of enabling third-party access to all the features that Safari enjoys but which are not available in Apple’s WebKit browser engine; WebKit is the core software component of Safari browser.

  • Leftovers

    • The NationHow It Actually Sounded: Gene Santoro, 1950–2022

      A good music critic can make readers recognize the way something sounds. A great one illuminates this acknowledgement with something readers didn’t notice or hear beforehand. The latter quality made Gene Santoro not only an outstanding music critic but also superb reporter whose journalism will remain a vivid and reliable record of its time.1

    • Education

      • VoxThe hidden history of “Hand Talk”

        Today, there are just a handful of fluent PISL signers left in the US. In the piece above, we hear from two of these signers, Melanie McKay-Cody and Lanny Real Bird, who have dedicated their lives to studying and revitalizing the language. They show us PISL in action and help us explore how this ancient language holds centuries of Indigenous history.

      • Digital Music NewsThe Who Returns to Cincinnati After 40 Years – Invites Families of 1979 Concert Victims

        The Who invited many families of the victims from the 1979 concert to the event at TQL Stadium. Proceeds from the show will go tot he committee to fund 11 college scholarships, one for each of the victims of that concert.

      • Times Higher Education‘I was beaten daily’: Afghan scholar recounts Taliban torture

        One former Herat University lecturer told Times Higher Education that he had been imprisoned for 12 days in Herat Prison after being seized by a group of five men shortly after he emerged from hiding last November.

        “Every morning, I was beaten with a stick,” he said. “I was told: ‘You are a Jew and an infidel. You are Western.’”

        The lecturer said his captors asked him about his research activities: “Do you write articles any more? Do you do research any more? Do you still work in the field of human rights?”

    • Health/Nutrition/Agriculture

      • [Old] The AtlanticThe Dangers of Distracted Parenting

        Yet for all the talk about children’s screen time, surprisingly little attention is paid to screen use by parents themselves, who now suffer from what the technology expert Linda Stone more than 20 years ago called “continuous partial attention.” This condition is harming not just us, as Stone has argued; it is harming our children. The new parental-interaction style can interrupt an ancient emotional cueing system, whose hallmark is responsive communication, the basis of most human learning. We’re in uncharted territory.

      • FatherlySix ‘Dumb Phones’ for Kids With Screen Time Addictions

        Many dumb phones are reminiscent of the old brick-like cell phones you bought before that Apple device that encouraged you to tap and swipe. Others are intentionally crafted to be both beautiful and minimal, filtering out features that are standard on smartphones. And finally, there are phone alternatives, devices that let you communicate with your son or daughter without a keypad or screen. All provide talk and some provide text, but none provide easy access to social media, streaming, and social media. Bonus: The comparatively low cost of these dumb phones means you won’t need to take a second job should the device break, which may be the smartest choice of all.

      • OneCare Media LLCScreen Time and Insomnia: What It Means for Teens

        Smartphones, tablets, computers, television screens, and some e-readers give off short-wavelength blue light that is very similar to sunlight. Not only does this light make us more alert, it also deceives the body into thinking it’s still daytime.

        In response, the body produces less melatonin, interfering with the body’s natural sleep-wake cycle. The longer you spend on your screen, the greater the consequences for your sleep.

      • Punch NGExposure to screen light can cause insomnia – Optometrists

        She said, “Blue light in the evening tricks the brain into thinking it’s daytime, which inhibits the production of melatonin (a sleep-inducing hormone) and thus reduces the quality and quantity of sleep.”

        Ikechukwu advised people to practice the 20-20-20 rule, a technique she said could help protect against digital eye strain.

        “While using a device that emits blue light, stop every 20 minutes to focus on objects 20 feet away, for 20 seconds, before going back to work on your devices.

        “This will help reduce the digital eye strain,” she urged.

      • SalonWoman charged $40 for crying during a doctor’s appointment

        While a “brief emotional/behavioral assessment” is a valid test issued by health care professionals to determine if a patient has “attention-deficit/hyperactivity disorder (ADHD), depression, anxiety, suicidal risk or substance abuse,” according to the Independent, Johnson maintains that her sister was given no such assessment during her appointment.

    • Security

      • Threat PostRansomware Deals Deathblow to 157-year-old College [iophk: Windows TCO]

        Illinois-based Lincoln College was established during the U.S. Civil War. Since then it has weathered two world wars, the Spanish Flu, the Great Depression, the Great Recession and a devastating fire. But two things it couldn’t survive?

        A ransomware attack and financial pressures tied to the impact of COVID-19 on its enrollment.

        On Friday, the university announced, due to financial distress from COVID-19 and cybersecurity issues, it is shutting its doors.

      • Threat PostDOJ Says Doctor is Malware Mastermind [iophk: Windows TCO]

        The inditement alleges he “designed multiple ransomware tools—malicious software that cybercriminals use to extort money from companies, nonprofits and other institutions, by encrypting those files and then demanding a ransom for the decryption keys. Zagala sold or rented out his software to hackers who used it to attack computer networks..”

        The Department of Justice asserts Gonzalez’s subscription-based ransomware builder was popular with Russian cybercriminals, script kiddies and with an Iranian state-sponsored APT.

      • Android PoliceTotal Commander forced to stop letting you install APKs

        One of the handiest features on Android that sets it apart from the mobile competition is the ability to install apps from outside the Play Store. APK installation is why you can still play Fortnite — even as Epic’s legal battle with Google continues — and it’s how you can skip the wait for automatic updates to bring the latest features to your favorite apps. Unfortunately, one of Android’s most trusted file browsers has removed the ability to install APK files after receiving takedown warnings from Google.

        Total Commander has been around since the 90s, eventually expanding into Android after the platform launched over a decade ago. The app has more than 10 million downloads on the Play Store, still supporting OS versions as far back as Android 2.2. With a new update, developer Christian Ghisler has removed the ability to install APK files on Android, blaming Google Play policies in the patch notes for the app. It’s a shocking twist for the service and, seemingly, a bad omen of things to come for other mobile file managers.

      • Privacy/Surveillance

        • Jacobin MagazineThe Buffalo Attack Is a Reminder That Mass Surveillance Doesn’t Protect Us

          The devil’s bargain we were forced into demanded we trade away our privacy for the sake of security. Yet the massive database of intimate details about our lives that government agents can track and comb through seems yet again to have failed to guarantee the latter — even though this attacker had recently taunted and threatened law enforcement online and made threats to his school, prompting a visit from state police.

          It’s a serious question about what purpose exactly mass surveillance programs serve. Take the NSA’s unfathomably vast mass surveillance system, for example. When the NSA’s spying powers were under threat following the Edward Snowden leaks, its former chief Keith Alexander famously claimed its surveillance had foiled fifty-four terrorist attacks, a claim soon uncritically repeated by a host of congresspeople and media outlets.

          Yet when pressed, the only example the government would give of the program’s controversial phone metadata collection program actually being central to foiling a terrorist plot was that of a Somali cab driver in San Diego sending $8,500 to terrorist group al-Shabaab. Alexander soon admitted under oath that not all of those fifty-four plots were actually plots, they weren’t all thwarted, and only thirteen were actually connected to the United States.

    • Defence/Aggression

      • The NationGeorge W. Bush Stumbles Into a Moment of Truth

        George W. Bush, undoubtedly the most inarticulate of all American presidents, can occasionally in his very awkwardness with words stumble into saying something important and true. On Wednesday night, while delivering a speech at his presidential center at Southern Methodist University, Bush inadvertently reminded the world of his most infamous legacy. Making a critique of the regime of Russian president Vladimir Putin, Bush said, “The result is an absence of checks and balances in Russia, and the decision of one man to launch a wholly unjustified and brutal invasion of Iraq.” He then paused, scrunched his beady eyes tight like a child working out a difficult math problem, and corrected himself, “I mean of Ukraine.”

        Still looking confused Bush muttered, “Iraq, too—anyway.” This might be taken as a confession, but he then shifted to making an excuse. [...]

      • MedforthGermany: Mediterranean man burns bible while shouting “Allahu Akbar”

        The State Security Service has started a preventive police investigation.

      • MedforthFrance: High school students walked out of music class because their teacher played them a Beatles song during Ramadan

        The music education teacher plays a Beatles song to investigate the structure of the piece. A pupil stands up and refuses to continue following the lesson on the grounds that he is not allowed to listen to music during Ramadan. He leaves the room, followed by seven other students, “not all of whom are of the Muslim faith and who followed their classmate out of peer pressure rather than religious conviction,” explains Mostafa Fourar, the headmaster of the Toulouse academy.

      • National Catholic RegisterA French-Catholic Humanitarian Tells His Story of Islamist Captivity in Iraq

        In this May 16 interview with the Register, Goodarzy recounts the terror of that ordeal, how his faith helped him through it, and why it was, ironically, the coronavirus that rescued them. He also explains what motivated him to work to defend persecuted Christians in Syria and how the country’s people are dealing with continued hardship today.

      • HRWBurkina Faso: Armed Islamists Kill, Rape Civilians

        Armed Islamist groups and government security forces and militia in Burkina Faso are committing increased abuses against civilians as the conflict there intensifies and widens, Human Rights Watch said today. The Burkina Faso government, which took power in a January 2022 coup, should better protect civilians from attack and ensure that government forces respect human rights.

        Armed Islamist groups that began attacking Burkina Faso in 2016 have become increasingly abusive, carrying out hundreds of killings, summary executions, rapes of civilians, and widespread pillaging. Also since 2016, government security forces and militias engaged in counterterrorism operations have allegedly unlawfully killed hundreds of civilians and suspected Islamist fighters, fueling recruitment into armed groups. The fighting has forced 1.8 million people from their homes, most from the Sahel and Centre-Nord regions of the country.

      • ANF News‘Effects of chemical weapons on people and nature persist for years’

        The Turkish attacks on guerrilla-held Medya Defense Zones in southern Kurdistan (northern Iraq) continue. The invading Turkish army has used chemical weapons and toxic gas 323 times against HPG and YJA Star guerrillas in 6 months.

        According to the monthly balance sheet released by the People’s Defense Forces (HPG), the invading Turkish army carried out 164 chemical attacks against the guerrilla forces in the last month.

        Rojava University Chemistry Department lecturer Mistefa Kihêl spoke to ANHA about the Turkish use of chemical weapons, their effects, types and purposes.

      • MedforthFrance: A woman stabbed in the neck by a hitchhiker who shouted “Allah Akbar” after giving him a lift and helping him find a hotel room

        “For reasons yet to be clarified, the same person then physically attacked the young woman by holding a knife to her neck,” explains the Senlis prosecutor. The woman then fled to a room behind the bar of the hotel restaurant.

        I saw the woman running back to the door, bleeding profusely. When she entered the reception, she explained that he had shouted “Allah Akbar”. There was blood on the floor everywhere she ran.

    • Transparency/Investigative Reporting

      • Modern DiplomacyMusings of a journalist – Part 2

        In the last six months, I also believe the usage of my social media has increased, thereby causing a decline in my overall wellness. Perhaps, my university roommate has been smart in deleting the app overall but I am aware she lapses every once in a while when she feels the urge to check the internet. But her lapses exist once in six months. And mine from social media would be like twelve hours. I want to be immune to social media and delete the apps eventually. But of course, Instagram is a tool for business and I do believe in my ability to monetize the application, perhaps like others who want to be influencers but have no future in the field. Ouch! But yes, honestly, either put yourself out there and start now or never.

    • Environment

    • AstroTurf/Lobbying/Politics

      • RAIR FoundationSweden Prosecutes Former Politician Who Criticized Sharia-Adherent Teachers at Daughter’s School

        The Swedish government and their media are destroying a Swedish father and former politician’s life for complaining that Muslim teachers at his daughter’s school are fully veiled while teaching in the classroom. His views are considered unacceptable in the new sharia-compliant Sweden. As a result, the state has launched a war to legally, financially, and reputationally destroy the father. They even used a ‘Trump Hat’ to slander him in their desperate attempt to destroy dissenters.

        This embracement and glamorization of Islamic headwear and bodywear are helping to advances sharia in Germany, Austria, and the West. Cultural jihad is the attempt to change and subvert Western culture from within, or more simply put: to Islamize it. Sharia fashionwear is an example of a cultural and civilizational jihad   and the submission of Western non-Muslim women to that jihad.

        As the Islamic scholar, Dr. Bill Warner explains, “most people see the hijab as religious or cultural, but the hijab is a symbol of the Sharia and has a very political meaning.” Thus, the hijab in the west is not about modesty or fashion but a hate symbol and a commitment to Sharia: [...]

      • The NationThe Biggest Blue State Is Ready to Invest in Its People
      • Misinformation/Disinformation

        • AxiosTwitter unveils “crisis misinformation policy” to slow down viral tweets

          Twitter says it will work to vet fact-specific information in times of crisis, via “multiple credible, publicly available sources.”

          Inaccurate tweets won’t be removed, but instead will be put behind a warning label. They also will be unable to be liked, retweeted or shared.

        • National InterestFake News: Twitter Rolls Out ‘Crisis Misinformation’ Initiative in Ukraine

          It’s not clear who will be owning Twitter a year from now, but the current leadership of the company has announced a new policy related to “crisis misinformation” such as incorrect tweets that circulate during wars, mass shootings, natural disasters, and other tragedies.

        • YLEMigri: Finnish language TikTok video criticising Ukrainians is “disinformation”

          Kaartinen told Yle he was not surprised to see false information spread on social media, but noted that the overall discussion on social media has been calm.

          “Immigration issues are always a hot topic on social media. You can’t get over it and you can’t get around it. Now more than 20,000 Ukrainians have come to Finland in a short time and Russia is at war, such things are not surprising,” Kaartinen explained.

          He also did not comment on whether the video could be considered hybrid influencing.

        • [Old] European Policy CentreDisinformation about refugees from Ukraine: Start preparing today for the lies of tomorrow

          Disinformation about Ukrainian refugees has so far remained limited to niche outlets. However, once the full effects of the economic sanctions against Russia kick in, disinformation groups will find more fertile ground to spread lies about refugees and promote their divisive agendas. The EU, member states and civil society should step up their efforts now and develop appropriate strategies in anticipation of future disinformation.

        • Associated PressPro-Russian [crackers] spread hoaxes to divide Ukraine, allies

          The network, known to cybersecurity experts as Ghostwriter, seemingly aimed to sow distrust between Ukraine and Poland. It’s one of several tactics outlined in a new report that outlines how Russia has used disinformation, fear and propaganda alongside bullets, tanks and soldiers in an effort to demoralize Ukraine and divide its allies.

          The unfounded claim made its way into Russian-state media and online platforms popular with far-right groups in the U.S., where posts spreading the hoax have been shared many thousands of times on sites like Telegram and Twitter. The disinformation operation exploited legitimate concerns that Ukrainian refugees could be kidnapped by human traffickers, but no evidence of organ harvesting has surfaced.

        • The Register UKIran, China-linked gangs join Putin’s disinformation war online

          Pro-Beijing and Iran miscreants are using the war in Ukraine to spread disinformation that supports these countries’ political interests — namely, advancing anti-Western narratives – according to threat-intel experts at Mandiant.

          Additionally, Iranian cyber-campaigns are using Russia’s invasion of its neighbor to take aim at Saudi Arabia and Israel, the researchers found.

    • Censorship/Free Speech

      • HRWIran: Arrests Amid Economic Protests

        Security forces have responded to these protests with excessive force, including lethal force, and arrested thousands of protesters, using prosecution and imprisonment based on illegitimate charges as the main tool to silence prominent dissidents and human rights defenders. The authorities have shown no willingness to investigate serious human rights violations committed under their control.

        Since the start of protests on May 6, the authorities have heavily disrupted [Internet] access in multiple provinces. A number of videos circulated on social media show the presence of security officials and appear to show the use of teargas. Unofficial sources published the names of five people they said were killed during the protests in the Khuzistan, Chaharmahal, and Bakhtiari provinces. Human Rights Watch has not been able to confirm the deaths.

      • Saudi ArabiaIran ‘heavily disrupts’ [Internet] access after protest: HRW

        Those affected are in a dozen small towns across the country, HRW said in the report. Those arrested include a prominent sociologist and four labor rights defenders, it said.

      • RFERLHRW Says Tehran Again Trying To Stifle Civil Groups Amid Growing Protests

        Authorities have also cut Internet services in many areas to try and keep the protests from spreading further.

        “Iranian authorities have long sought to criminalize solidarity among members of civil society groups inside and outside the country,” Sepehri Far said.

        “The intention is to prevent accountability and scrutiny of state actions that civil society provides.”

      • The Next WebHey Elon! The problem with free speech isn’t censorship, it’s algorithms

        This is an important question because the modern agoras are social media platforms – and this is how they organize speech. Social media platforms don’t just present users with the posts of those they follow, in the order they’re posted.

        Rather, algorithms decide what content is shown and in which order. In our research, we’ve termed this “algorithmic audiencing”. And we believe it warrants a closer look at the debate about how free speech is practiced online.

    • Freedom of Information / Freedom of the Press

      • Hans ThoolenOla Bini, a Swedish [Internet] activist and human rights defender, will be in a Quito court. A trial to watch.

        In preparation for what may be the final days of the trial of Ola Bini, an open source and free software developer arrested shortly after Julian Assange’s ejection from Ecuador’s London Embassy, civil society organizations observing the case have issued a report citing due process violations, technical weaknesses, political pressures, and risks that this criminal prosecution entails for the protection of digital rights. Bini was initially detained three years ago and previous stages of his prosecution had significant delays that were criticized by the Office of the Inter-American Commission on Human Rights (IACHR) Special Rapporteur for Freedom of Expression. An online press conference is scheduled for May 11th, with EFF and other organizations set to speak on the violations in Bini’s prosecution and the danger this case represents. The trial hearing is set for May 16-20, and will most likely conclude next week. If convicted, Bini’s defense can still appeal the decision.

      • Peoples DispatchCase against Ola Bini has consequences for all of Latin America, says report

        According to a report released on May 5, by a coalition of digital rights groups and media outlets, digital rights activist Ola Bini has been subjected to politically motivated persecution and the legal process and case against him have been marked by deep irregularities and misconduct. The report also suggests that his case could have negative consequences for the entire information security community in Latin America.

        The report was produced by the Mission of Observation that has been monitoring Bini’s case for the past several years which includes Ecuadorian and international civil society organizations such as Access Now, Article 19, Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF), the Free Software Association of Ecuador (ASLE), Brasil de Fato, Karisma Foundation, Indymedia Ecuador, and others.

      • WSWSAnnouncement on Assange’s extradition due any day as protest held in London

        The decision to extradite is in the hands of Britain’s Home Secretary Priti Patel. She can make the announcement any time from tomorrow, May 18 until May 31.

        Assange was put in this perilous situation—at the mercy of the vicious authoritarian Patel, part of a government slavishly oriented to the US—by a series of rulings delivered by the British judiciary over the last year.

        In July 2021, the US government was given leave to appeal a carefully calculated decision by District Judge Vanessa Baraitser that January blocking Assange’s extradition on the sole grounds of its oppressive impact on his mental health, with all other defence arguments dismissed. That appeal was upheld in December 2021, with the High Court ordering the WikiLeaks founder handed to the US. An attempted appeal of this decision by Assange’s legal team was denied by the Supreme Court this March and the case sent to Patel in April.

      • Eesti RahvusringhäälingJournalists fined over Swedbank piece raises Estonia press freedoms worries

        Eesti Ekspress has stood by its line that the information published in the March 25 piece was true and correct, noting that Swedbank itself had announced to the Tallinn Stock Exchange, the day before the Eesti Ekspress piece published, that the prosecutor’s office itself suspects Swedbank in Estonia of possible money laundering activities.

        Several former bankers also confirmed this suspicion to Eesti Ekspress.

      • CPJJournalists stabbed, assaulted in Bangladesh

        On the evening of Friday, May 13, a group of teenagers stabbed Chowdhury, executive editor of the privately owned daily newspaper Dainik Agrabani Pratidin, in the central city of Narayanganj, according to news reports. The teenagers also stabbed Uddin when he attempted to intervene, according to those sources.

        Separately, on the morning of May 8, the brother of a local shark oil factory owner assaulted Nihad, Mahajan, and Halim, respectively chief reporter, reporter, and camera operator with the privately owned news website Territorial News, while the three were reporting on alleged shark product smuggling in the southeast city of Cox’s Bazar, according to the Dhaka Tribune and Nihad, who spoke to CPJ by phone. Nihad told CPJ that a local businessman had threatened the three journalists while reporting in the area the day before.

      • Dhaka TribuneJournos attacked while investigating illegal shark oil production

        The protestors said: “Journalists always talk to the masses about realities. They speak about the development and prosperity of the nation. Journalists work from the front lines during the country’s transition periods, But the identified criminals as black marketeers have become quick in silencing the journalists.”

      • The Daily Star2 including journalist stabbed in Narayanganj over publishing news on teen gang

        Quoting the injured, the journalist said a group comprising of teenagers intercepted the duo at Golachipa area when they were heading towards Chashara and stabbed them indiscriminately, saying that they published news against them

      • CPJIran detains female photojournalist, four female documentary filmmakers

        Since May, Iranian authorities have arrested at least one female photojournalist and four female documentary filmmakers, according to news reports and two people familiar with the cases who spoke to CPJ on the condition of anonymity, citing security concerns.

        “Iran’s ongoing efforts to silence independent voices have landed five female journalists in prison,” said CPJ Middle East and North Africa Program Coordinator Sherif Mansour. “Iranian authorities must understand that they can’t hide the country’s difficult realities by jailing journalists.”

    • Civil Rights/Policing

      • Jacobin MagazineUnionization Is Starting to Spread Across the Retail Sector

        Independent unionism is seeing a nascent uptick in the wake of the unionization of JFK8, an Amazon fulfillment center in Staten Island, by the Amazon Labor Union (ALU), an independent union. Workers at an Amazon Fresh grocery store in Seattle are organizing their own union, Amazon Workers United. At Trader Joe’s, concerns about health and safety precautions pervaded the workforce during the first year of the pandemic, leading some workers to speak with the Retail, Wholesale and Department Store Union (RWDSU), but no store ever filed for an election. Now, employees at a Trader Joe’s in Hadley, Massachusetts, too, have formed an independent union, Trader Joe’s United. Those workers say health and safety concerns remain and that the company has slashed pay and benefits, too.

      • UKTerrorism in Prisons

        In the past, limited attention was given to terrorist risk in prisons by counter-terrorism police (CTP) and the Security Service (MI5). The sentencing of a terrorist risk offender was job done, and the prison environment was opaque.2 For its part, the prison service (now Her Majesty’s Prison and Probation Service, HMPPS) failed to recognise the dangers of Islamist gang-type activity and the influence of TACT offenders, and lost its role in the national endeavour to reduce the risk of terrorism.

      • India TimesGyanvapi survey report given to court, may back ‘shivling’ claim

        The court-appointed commission tasked with surveying the Gyanvapi mosque complex on Thursday submitted to Varanasi civil judge (senior division) Ravi Kumar Diwakar a 15-page report along with 32GB of video footage and photographs, and a sheaf of maps packed in three sealed boxes. In adherence to a directive from the Supreme Court, which is hearing a petition challenging the survey, the civil judge didn’t pass any order.

        While the contents of the report possibly won’t be known until at least the next hearing in the Shringar Gauri worship case on May 23, sources linked to the survey claimed several objects found while scanning the inner sanctum of the complex over three days appeared to be part of old temple architecture.

      • France24Afghanistan: Since the return of the burqa, women are slowly disappearing from the streets

        On May 7, the Taliban ordered all Afghan women to wear the full-coverage burqa in public places. Since the decree was put in place, the difference in Afghanistan’s streets is visible. Or rather it’s invisible: women have all but deserted public streets to remain cloistered in their homes. Although our Observer dared to leave home to protest with other women’s rights activists on May 10, she has no illusions about the future that awaits her.

      • Deutsche WelleTaliban orders female TV presenters to cover face on air

        The Taliban authorities in Afghanistan have asked local television broadcasters to ensure that female presenters cover their faces when on air, an official said on Thursday.

    • Digital Restrictions (DRM)

      • Hollywood ReporterWhy Netflix Is Betting Big on Poland (and You Should Too)

        “Poland has become a key market for Netflix in the CEE region,” said Anna Nagler, the streamer’s director of local-language originals for CEE, claiming that the company’s production investment has created at least 2,600 jobs in the country. “Given the growing volume of original Polish content, now is the right time to get even closer to our members and creative partners. The Netflix office in Warsaw is a natural next step in establishing new partnerships, deepening existing ones and creating new opportunities for the Polish creative community.”

    • Monopolies

      • Trademarks

        • Local WorldCondé Nast sends Vogue pub framed apology after demanding it changes its name

          The pub is 200 years old, far outdating the magazine, and the village older still, but that did not stop Condé Nast from initially demanding the pub change its name. Truronian landlord Mark Graham’s quippy reply to the New York publisher has set the [Internet] aflame and has earned the tiny hamlet near St Day minor digital fame.

          After receiving a written apology, the pub has now been sent a physical copy of the note retracting the cease and desist order. Mr Graham told CornwallLive that it is framed and signed by Vogue’s legal department.

      • Copyrights

        • Digital Music NewsSpinnup Goes Invite-Only — ‘Uninvited’ Musicians Given Two Months to Find New Distribution

          Spinnup says on July 19th, the platform is “changing from an open DIY music distribution service to a curated artist discovery and distribution platform. This means we will be reducing the number of artists on the platform as we move into this new chapter,” the email reads.

          “Artists who are leaving Spinnup are being asked to takedown their releases and transfer to a new distributor by July 12, 2022,” the Spinnup FAQ further elaborates about the changes. “After that date we will begin taking down any remaining live releases from departing artists.”

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