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Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disorder

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first_img Pakistani TV anchor censored after denouncing violence against journalists About the International Initiative on Information and Democracy  June 7, 2021 Find out more About Free Press Unlimited (FPU)Free Press Unlimited is a Netherlands-based media development organization that works in more than 30 countries and strives  to ensure that impartial news and information are available to people across the globe, particularly in countries where there is no to little press freedom. By supporting local media professionals and journalists, Free Press Unlimited aims to help people gain access to the information they need to survive and develop. The Commission drafted the International Declaration on Information and Democracy which received the support of twelve Heads of State and Government in November 2018, including Emmanuel Macron (France), Carlos Alvarado (Costa Rica), Bechir Caid Essebsi (Tunisia), Erna Solberg (Norway) and Justin Trudeau (Canada). It also received the support of the UN Secretary-General, Antonio Guterres, UNESCO Director-General, Audrey Azoulay, and the Secretary-General of the Council of Europe, Thorbjørn Jagland. RSF_en About the Human Rights Centre at UC Berkeley School of Law The Human Rights Center at the University of California, Berkeley, conducts research on war crimes and other serious violations of international humanitarian law and human rights. Using evidence-based methods and innovative technologies, we support efforts to hold perpetrators accountable, protect vulnerable populations, and amplify the voices of survivors. We seek to close research gaps in global understanding related to refugees and immigrants, indigenous people, workers, women, survivors of trafficking and sexual violence, and other targeted populations. Our Investigations Lab trains students how to find and verify photographs, videos, and other social media sources to investigate potential international crimes, monitor hate speech, and counter disinformation for major NGOS, legal entities, international bodies, and media. We are working with the United Nations Office of Human Rights to develop and publish the first international protocol on open source investigations.   Mongolia : RSF urges presidential candidates to voice support for press freedom AustraliaSouth AfricaBulgariaChileCosta RicaDenmarkFinlandLatviaLithuaniaNorwayNetherlandsUnited KingdomCanadaGermanyIndiaSpainSwitzerlandItalySwedenCroatiaLebanonSenegalSouth KoreaFranceAndorraBeninCzech RepublicLiechtensteinMaltaMontenegroTunisiaAsia – PacificAfricaEurope – Central AsiaAmericasMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsInternational bodiesEvents Council of EuropeInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression Organisation About Research ICT AfricaResearch ICT Africa conducts public-interest research on the digital economy and society that responds to national, regional and continental needs. We provide relevant stakeholders with the information and analysis required to develop flexible and adaptive policies and regulation to deal with an increasingly complex and dynamic digital environment. Our network contributes to the gathering and analysis of data and indicators to establish a repository of knowledge for furthering research and digital governance.  News In rural India, journalists face choice between covering pandemic and survival The first General Assembly of the Forum on I&D was held yesterday at RSF’s headquarters in Paris. Its eleven founding members are NGOs, think tanks, multistakeholder initiatives and research centers: CIGI (Canada), CIVICUS (South Africa), the Digital Rights Foundation (Pakistan), Free Press Unlimited (Netherlands), the Human Rights Centre at UC Berkeley School of Law, University of California (United States), the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (United Kingdom), OBSERVACOM (Uruguay), the Open Government Partnership, the Peace Research Institute Oslo (Norway), Reporters without Borders/RSF (France) and Research ICT Africa (South Africa).  Receive email alerts News On the Forum’s founding membersAbout the Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI ) The Centre for International Governance Innovation (CIGI) is an independent, non-partisan think tank whose mission is to build bridges from knowledge to power by conducting world-leading research and influencing policy makers to innovate. CIGI is headquartered in Waterloo, Canada and has a global network of partners and researchers based around the world. Our peer-reviewed, evidence-based research focuses on digital governance issues relating to the global economy, international law and global security. In collaboration with strategic partners and support received from the Government of Canada and founder Jim Balsillie, our research covers some of the most important issues of our time such as artificial intelligence, platform governance and multilateral trade. About CIVICUSWith headquarters in South Africa, and hubs in New York and Geneva, CIVICUS is a global alliance of civil society organizations and individuals dedicated to strengthening citizen action and civil society for a more just, inclusive and sustainable world.  The alliance works to protect the fundamental civic freedoms that allow us to speak out, organize and take action. We do this by defending civic freedoms and democratic values; strengthening the power of people; and empowering a more accountable, effective and innovative civil society.  We strive to promote excluded voices, especially from the Global South, and have a growing alliance of more than 8000 members in more over 175 countries. In the context of the Paris Peace Forum today, eleven organizations unveiled the newly created Forum on Information & Democracy. This new entity will issue recommendations for standards in order to encourage the regulation and self-regulation  of the space of information and communication. The initiative was welcomed by President Emmanuel Macron during his inaugural speech. He first quoted “the Partnership on Information and Democracy, launched by Reporters Without Borders and supported by governments” to illustrate “the importance of these new forms of cooperation”, “a concrete example of innovations that provide different actors to move forward together”.The association will be based in Paris and will implement the principles from the International Partnership on Information & Democracy, an intergovernmental agreement endorsed by a coalition of 31 States on the margins of the UN General Assembly. The Forum’s permanent secretariat will set up working groups tasked with formulating recommendations for regulation and self-regulation in order to address new challenges brought up by technological disruptions and for which existing legislation is not adapted.During the inauguration of the Forum on Information & Democracy,  the President of Latvia Egils Levits, the Minister of Foreign Affairs of Lithuania Linas Linkevičius, the Chancellor of South Korea’s National Diplomatic Academy, Kim Joon Hyung, and the Council of Europe’s Director of Democratic Governance, Claudia Luciani, recalled the importance of the Partnership. Some founding members,  including the CEO of the Institute for Strategic Dialogue, Sasha Havlicek, the Executive Director of the Peace Research Institute Oslo, Henrik Urdal and the Head of the Geneva office of CIVICUS, Susan Wilding explained the importance and the need for this new organization. Christophe Deloire and Shirin Ebadi, the co-chairs of the International Commission on Information and Democracy (see below), and three other members of the Commission, Can Dündar, Hauwa Ibrahim and Nighat Dad, also outlined the overall logic of the initiative and the central place given to civil society.  About OBSERVACOMOBSERVACOM (Latin American Observatory for Regulation, Media and Convergence) is a nonprofit, professional and independent regional think tank, specialized in regulation and public policy related to media, telecommunications, Internet and freedom of expression. We approach these issues from a rights perspective and prioritize aspects related to access, diversity and pluralism. OBSERVACOM is composed of experts and researchers committed to the protection and promotion of democracy, cultural diversity, human rights and freedom of expression in Latin America and the Caribbean. November 12, 2019 – Updated on November 13, 2019 Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information & Democracy, a structural response to information disordercenter_img Other members of the Commission include laureates of the Nobel Prize in Economic Sciences Joseph Stiglitz and Amartya Sen, the French jurist Mireille Delmas Marty, Honorary Professor at the Collége de France, journalists Maria Ressa and Can Dündar, and new technology expert Yochai Benkler, co-director of the Berkman Klein Centre at Harvard University. June 2, 2021 Find out more About the Open Government Partnership (OGP)In 2011, government leaders and civil society advocates came together to create a unique partnership—one that combines these powerful forces to promote accountable, responsive and inclusive governance. Seventy-nine countries and a growing number of local governments—representing more than two billion people—along with thousands of civil society organizations are members of the Open Government Partnership (OGP). About Reporters Without Borders (RSF)Reporters Without Borders, also known under its French name Reporters sans frontières (RSF), is an international non-governmental organization defending freedom, independence and pluralism of journalism. Recognized as a public utility in France, RSF enjoys consultative status with the UN, UNESCO, the Council of Europe and the International Organisation of La Francophonie. Headquartered in Paris, RSF has offices in 14 cities around the world and correspondents in 130 countries. Eleven organizations from civil society create the Forum on Information and Democracy, a new international entity tasked to implement the principles of the International Partnership on information & Democracy, an intergovernmental agreement signed by a coalition of 31 States on the margins of the UN General Assembly last September. It is the continuation of the international process launched by Reporters Without Borders (RSF) in September 2018. News About PRIO The Peace Research Institute Oslo (PRIO) conducts research on the conditions for peaceful relations between states, groups and people. Founded in 1959, PRIO is an independent research institution committed to academic excellence and known for its effective synergy of basic and policy-relevant research. PRIO further conducts graduate training and is engaged in the promotion of peace through conflict resolution, dialogue and reconciliation, public information and policymaking activities. Follow the news on Asia – Pacific The Forum’s Board of Directors elected the RSF Secretary general, Christophe Deloire as its President. Nighat Dad (executive director of Digital Rights Foundation) and Leon Willems (director of Free Press Unlimited) were elected as Vice-President and Treasurer.In accordance with its bylaws, the Forum will evaluate the means, norms and architectures of the global space of information and communication; investigate respect for the principles of the Declaration and Partnership on Information and Democracy by the corporate entities that shape this space (the online platforms); and, above all, issue recommendations for governments, platforms and the media industry on how the norms that govern this space should evolve. It will encourage self-regulatory mechanisms and promote the social function of journalism. RSF launched this international initiative in September 2018 when it created the International Commission on Information and Democracy consisting of 25 prominent figures of 18 nationalities. This Commission is co-chaired by Christophe Deloire, RSF Secretary-General and Nobel Peace Prize laureate Shirin Ebadi.  Aurélien Faidy/ AutoFocus-prod / RSF to go further June 10, 2021 Find out more About the Institute for Strategic Dialogue (ISD) The Institute for Strategic Dialogue, launched in 2006, is now the leading global ‘think and do’ tank dedicated to understanding and innovating real-world responses to the rising tide of polarisation, hate and extremism of all forms. ISD combines anthropological research, expertise in international extremist movements and an advanced digital analysis capability that tracks hate, disinformation and extremism online, with policy advisory support and training to governments and cities around the world. ISD also works to empower youth and community influencers internationally through its education, technology and communications programmes, including a range of initiatives run in partnership with MIT, Google, Microsoft and Facebook. At the same time ISD is working with a number of governments to design and mount digital policy and regulatory solutions to the algorithmic amplification of polarisation and extremism online.  Help by sharing this information AustraliaSouth AfricaBulgariaChileCosta RicaDenmarkFinlandLatviaLithuaniaNorwayNetherlandsUnited KingdomCanadaGermanyIndiaSpainSwitzerlandItalySwedenCroatiaLebanonSenegalSouth KoreaFranceAndorraBeninCzech RepublicLiechtensteinMaltaMontenegroTunisiaAsia – PacificAfricaEurope – Central AsiaAmericasMiddle East – North Africa Condemning abusesReports and statisticsProtecting journalistsOnline freedomsInternational bodiesEvents Council of EuropeInternetCitizen-journalistsFreedom of expression News The ensuing Partnership for Information and Democracy was presented at the G7 summit in August 2019, winning the support of G7 members and the leaders of other major democracies also attending the summit. About the Digital Rights Foundation The Digital Rights Foundation (DRF) is a registered research-based advocacy non-governmental organization in Pakistan. Founded in 2012, DRF focuses on ICTs to support human rights, inclusiveness, democratic processes, and digital governance. DRF works on issues of online free speech, privacy, data protection, surveillance and online violence against women. DRF opposes any and all sorts of online censorship and violations of human rights both on-ground and online.last_img read more

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Foodservice sales growth slowing

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first_imgThe growth in the UK food sector will not match that of 2015, according to data analysis company Horizons’ managing director Peter Backman. Backman made the comment at Horizons’ annual briefing this week. The theme of the event was achieving ongoing growth in a decelerating market.Peter Andrews, agent for the Bank of England, also addressed the event, which was attended by more than 120 food industry representatives.The audience heard that the forecast for the UK’s foodservice market is less confident than it was, with growth likely to end the year at 1.8% compared with last year’s 2%.Backman said: “There is now some uncertainty in the economy, particularly with the question mark over the UK’s relationship with the EU… At best, sales are likely to grow slightly across the sector.”Backman added that intense competition on the high street meant like-for-like growth was difficult to achieve, putting pressure on chains to grow sales by expanding their outlet numbers. A scarcity of new sites of sufficient quality pushes already expensive rents even higher, he said.Opportunities for smaller chainsHe added that while the UK’s top foodservice brands were able to adapt to changing demand, it was the smaller chains that were likely to find innovation and growth easier.“Smaller companies can be more nimble, more adaptable and more able to maintain control – it is with the fledgling businesses that we are currently seeing the most growth in the UK in terms of new store openings, and many are bringing something new and innovative to the market, which means the larger players must too.”last_img read more

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The sound of silence

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first_img 31SHARESShareShareSharePrintMailGooglePinterestDiggRedditStumbleuponDeliciousBufferTumblr,Amanda Thomas Amanda is founder and president of TwoScore, a firm that channels her passion for the credit union mission and people to help credit unions under $100 million in assets reach … Web: www.twoscore.com Details People hate to be told “NO” – in professional and even personal settings.  It’s uncomfortable and embarrassing at times and really forces us to be vulnerable, which is hard for most people.  There is risk involved in sharing an idea you care about passionately and having others reject or dismiss it.  Someone asked me a few weeks ago “what is the best piece of advice you have for young professionals?” After thinking about it, I said, “No is not the worst thing you can hear in your job.  Instead, the worst thing you can hear is your own silence when you don’t share that great idea or recommend something you think would be beneficial for your credit union’s growth goals.”I’m not saying that it is appropriate to run around and be loudmouthed about everything you think and be argumentative if you don’t agree with every single thing your credit union does or think you can do it better.  What I am saying is that you have a voice.  Whether you are in the accounting department or in marketing or anywhere in between – remember – you were hired to do a job based on the skills and expertise on your resume and throughout your career.If your experience and your knowledge and the things you have learned all point toward something you really think would benefit the credit union – sell it to your CEO or manager.  Say nothing because you don’t want to stick your neck out for fear of rejection.  You aren’t going to get fired for having ideas.Your credit union needs YOU.  You have a unique set of gifts and talents.  Use them to their potential.  For your credit union.  But most importantly, for you.  Take the risk.“If you risk nothing, you risk everything.” –Geena Davislast_img read more

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Officials Launch Anti-Sex Trafficking Effort Ahead of Super Bowl

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first_imgFederal and South Florida law enforcement officials are preparing for Super Bowl LIV in a new way.With tens of thousands of people projected to descend on the region for the game, the issue of sex trafficking is a top concern that authorities are determined to prevent at this year’s event.With that in mind, officials will be enlisting regular people to report suspected sex trafficking activity, including that involving children as young as age 12, at party-type events during game week.According to Miami-Dade state attorney Katherine Fernandez Rundle, “We’re not going to tolerate the sexual exploitation of our children and our youth.” She adds, “We are really ready to head this off.”The effort will include ads featuring a “creepy guy” poster with the words: “Buy Sex. Be Exposed.” Ads will also be placed on buses, social media, billboards, and at mass transit stations, among other locations.A 24-hour phone number, (305) FIX-STOP, will allow people to report suspicious behavior.Authorities say that Miami-Dade County ranks first in sex trafficking in the state, which ranks third in the nation. Nearly 40 percent of victims are children, while most of the remainder are between 18 and 23 years old.Federal statistics reveal that victims are sometimes sold for sex up to 20 times each day. A trafficker can make between $150,000 and $200,000 per year for each person they sell for sex.Kathy Andersen, executive director of The Women’s Fund Miami-Dade, says, “The Super Bowl does one thing for us — it gives us a platform to make noise. This is just the start of it.”Super Bowl LIV will be played February 2 at Hard Rock Stadium in Miami Gardens.last_img read more

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Dipa Karmakar aggravates knee injury during vault final, to skip Doha World Cup

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first_img SUBSCRIBE TO US “Dipa can still qualify by doing well at World Championship this year,” Bhati said. First Published: 16th March, 2019 17:54 IST The two World Cups are part of an eight-event qualifying system for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics, under which the gymnasts will make the cut based on their top three scores. The Asian Championship is scheduled to be held at Mongolia from June 13-16, while the World Championship is slated from October 4-13 at Germany later this year. FOLLOW US “She did not attempt the second vault due to the injury and finished her campaign at the Baku World Cup. She will now skip the World Cup in Doha and come back to India for rehabilitation and aim for Asian and World Championships this year.” LIVE TV Last Updated: 16th March, 2019 17:54 IST Dipa Karmakar Aggravates Knee Injury During Vault Final, To Skip Doha World Cup Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s hope of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics suffered a jolt after she aggravated her knee injury during the vault final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup on Saturday, March 16, forcing her to withdraw from next week’s Doha World Cup Dipa had claimed the bronze at the vault event of the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup in Cottbus, Germany, in November last year to fuel her Olympic dream. It was her first appearance after recovering from a knee strain, which had forced her to miss the vault final in the Jakarta Asian Games.READ: Artistic Gymnastics World Cup: Dipa Karmakar Qualifies For Vault FinalDipa has been troubled by her knee ever since she finished fourth at the 2016 Olympics. She had almost two years of injury lay-off after the Rio Games. She had an Anterior Cruciate Ligament (ACL) surgery in Mumbai and had to skip the Asian Championships at Thailand in May last year.However, returning to action in July, Dipa created history by becoming the first Indian gymnast to clinch gold at a global event when she emerged triumphant at the FIG Artistic Gymnastics World Challenge Cup at Mersin, Turkey. Ace Indian gymnast Dipa Karmakar’s hope of qualifying for the 2020 Tokyo Olympics suffered a jolt after she aggravated her knee injury during the vault final at the Artistic Gymnastics World Cup on Saturday, March 16, forcing her to withdraw from next week’s Doha World Cup. The 25-year-old from Tripura had performed a higher-difficulty Hand front 540 vault, scoring 14.466 and 14.133 points in the two qualifying round for an average of 14.299 to qualify for the vault final at the third position.READ: Humble Dipa Karmakar Humbles Sania Mirza With Touching Anecdote From Seminal Rio Olympics PerformanceBut she was left crestfallen after aggravating a knee injury while landing during the first vault final. Press Trust Of India “She had some problems in her knee before today’s final. She was feeling some pain yesterday but felt better after working with physio. She attempted the vault finals today but fell on her first vault, aggravating the injury due to undesired landing,” Gymnastic Federation of India (GFI) vice president Riyaz Bhati told PTI. WATCH US LIVE COMMENT Written Bylast_img read more

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