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Google may dump Chamber of Commerce over ‘Protect IP’ bill

The so-called “Protect IP” bill, which is nominally intended to halt digital piracy and the online sale of counterfeit goods by allowing US officials to block allegedly infringing websites, has run into opposition from many quarters, including human rights activists. Now it seems that the powerful United States Chamber of…

Stop Online Piracy Act threatens human rights activists: digital rights group

Human rights activists and whistle blowers could be “major casualties” of a copyright protection bill proposed by the House Judiciary Committee in late October, according to the Electronic Frontier Foundation (EFF). The Stop Online Piracy Act (SOPA) would make it easier for U.S. authorities to crack down on websites accused…

WikiLeaks blames Guardian journalist for release of 251,000 unredacted U.S. cables

WikiLeaks on Thursday blamed a journalist from the British newspaper The Guardian for the release of hundreds of thousands of unredacted U.S. State Department documents. WikiLeaks has been redacting portions of the diplomatic cables to protect human rights activists and others, and releasing the documents in assorted batches since November…

15 reported killed in Syrian protest city

DARAA, Syria – Human rights activists said at least 15 people were killed on Wednesday in the volatile Syrian city of Daraa, hub of a week of anti-regime protests, as anger reportedly spread to neighbouring towns. Activists and residents said security forces opened fire on protesters outside the Omari mosque…

Raytheon offers ‘pain gun’ to troubled India

BANGALORE, India (AFP) – US defence group Raytheon says it wants to sell India a controversial “pain gun” it claims would be safer than rubber bullets in quelling unrest in the insurgency-racked country. The Silent Guardian Protection System is billed by its makers as the 21st century equivalent of tear…

Activists on Facebook need protection: senator

WASHINGTON (AFP) – Facebook has become an important tool for democracy and human rights activists and it needs to do more to protect them, including allowing the use of pseudonyms, a US senator said Thursday. “Recent events in Egypt and Tunisia have again highlighted the significant costs and benefits of…

Chinese hackers ‘targetting oil companies’: McAfee

WASHINGTON — Hackers from China have attacked computer networks of global oil companies in a targeted campaign aimed at stealing confidential information, US computer security firm McAfee said Thursday. “Starting in November 2009, coordinated covert and targeted cyberattacks have been conducted against global oil, energy, and petrochemical companies,” McAfee said…

Ugandan paper that published list of gay men ordered to shut down

A Ugandan newspaper that published names and pictures of what it said were homosexuals in Uganda and called on authorities to hang them has been ordered to cease publishing, a gay rights leader said Monday. Frank Mugisha, chairman of the Sexual Minorities Uganda (SMU), said his group had petitioned the…

Iranian mother of two faces death by stoning over alleged adultery

A 42-year-old Afghan woman convicted of adultery in 2006 is set to be stoned to death shortly, according to human rights activists. Sakineh Mohammadie Ashtiani, a mother of two, convicted of adultery, could be stoned to death under Iranian law. Iran’s penal code is extremely severe: in 2005, the country…

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